This project is based primarily in and around Cairo with the potential for technical assistance to NFSA branch offices and other key food industry stakeholders throughout the country.
Position Summary and Primary Responsibilities:
The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic vision, overall leadership, and technical direction to the project. The COP will ensure the project is planned and executed with quality, accountability, and measurable impact. The COP will be the primary liaison with USDA and other donor partners as necessary and will manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance. The COP is expected to coordinate with key government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives that are anticipated to coordinate closely with the TAIB project. The position is based in Cairo, Egypt with occasional travel throughout the country.
Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the project activities and oversees program planning, monitoring, reporting evaluation and overall learning
- Oversee project finances, planning, administration, compliance, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Ensure successful project implementation and achievement of results on time and within budget;
- Work closely with the leadership of the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)to develop a life of project capacity building plan and identify tailored technical assistance to support capacity building;
- Successfully manage relationships with key Government of Egypt entities including the National Food Safety Authority, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the Ministry of Health, among others;
- Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones, objectives, deliverables, and targets;
- Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high-quality and on-time performance;
- Ensure timely, high-quality, and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor;
- Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with Land O’Lakes Venture37 standard operating procedures, and USDA policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;
- Represent project both internally and externally to other donors, stakeholders, implementing partners and government counterparts;
- Ensure gender equality approaches are integrated into programming; implement an engendered design, identifying learnings on a regular basis, refining the design as needed to improve gender equality across project activities;
- Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations;
- Create a collaborative organizational culture and facilitate exchange of knowledge for cross-organizational learning;
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in international development, the sciences (e.g., biology), economics, agriculture, or a closely related field is required;
- 10 + years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex projects in/for developing countries, of which at least five years has been spent in the position of COP, Deputy COP, or a similar role of a large development program of equivalent size and scope;
- Depth and breadth of technical and management expertise in agricultural programing, particularly in food safety;
- Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead a multi-disciplinary team;
- Experience in systems strengthening, capacity building, service delivery, and quality improvement is highly desirable;
- At least two years of experience living or working in a developing country required; preferably the Middle East;
- Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
- Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English;
- Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow; and
- Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in Office365).