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RTI’s Governance and Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Division within its International Development Group provides high-quality technical assistance to improve governance practices at the national, regional, and local levels that promotes development, ensures equitable access to resources, and delivers effective services that meet people’s basic needs. Good governance practices build bridges between governments and citizens and strengthen democratic reforms. GYEO focuses on ensuring that best practices at the local and regional levels inform national policy reforms and contribute to strengthening democratic decentralization processes, foster sustainable economic growth, job creation, and increased standards of living.
Anticipated Project Summary
The broad objective of the Local Governance Strengthening Activity (LGSA) is to improve the inclusivity and accountability of government at the sub-national level in Myanmar. USAID anticipates that the contractor may engage with a wide range of actors including, but not limited to the Ministry of Union Government (MoUG), General Administration Department (GAD), other line ministries, state and regional governments, civil society, the private sector, and service providers and political representatives.
RTI is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Strengthening Accountable Governance and Civic Engagement in Myanmar. The COP must be a governance and civil society expert with experience in Myanmar. This position will be a full-time role based in Yangon, Myanmar with regular travel throughout the country.
- Responsible for overall management of the LGSA Activity including technical, administrative, operational, security, and logistical management.
- Lead the strategic planning for the Activity, including annual work plans; ensure close coordination with USAID and program partners and stakeholders.
- Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government and civil society counterparts.
- Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
- Serve as primary Activity liaison with USAID, host country governments, other implementers, and the RTI home office.
- Oversee project management, technical work, scheduling, and deadlines associated with the Activity. Ability to assign specific tasks and duties as necessary to fulfill deliverables.
- Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule, and quality parameters.
- Ensure the timely and quality completion of all Activity deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
- Provide day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the Activity.
- Directly supervise and mentor project staff.
- Direct and supervise the performance and delivery of services by both international and national subcontractors.
Minimum Education and Experience
- An advanced degree in International Development, Public Administration, Political Science, International Relations, or related area, with 12 years of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience.
- At least 5 years of experience in the implementation and management of international donor- (including USAID-) funded projects that focus on taking innovative approaches (such as those outlined above) to governance, decentralization, municipal support, and civil society strengthening.
- Experience in innovative local governance improvement methodologies, government capacity development, decentralization, or institutional strengthening programs in Myanmar required.
- Proven track record in working effectively with other projects, high-level host country host government counterparts, and other international partners.
- Significant experience in the administration and management of implementing donor-supported development projects of similar size and complexity.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Extensive technical expertise in one or more of the following: decentralization reforms, public financial management, domestic resource mobilization, municipal government capacity development and citizen engagement.
- Track record and commitment to decentralized governance, a thought leader with a strong reputation in sector.
- Broad knowledge of key government, civil society, private sector, faith-based and media actors who are potential allies for the project’s goals.
- Reputation for professional excellence including outstanding facilitation, strategic planning, and management skills (as evidenced by references and achievements).
- Excellent leadership and personnel management skills and ability
- Ability to communicate effectively on the technical aspects of implementation with a wide variety of stakeholders.
- Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
- Proficiency in English required.
Position is contingent upon award and funding.