RTI International’s International Development Group seeks a highly qualified development professional with proven senior-level management expertise managing USAID conservation programs in East Africa to serve as Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the USAID Uganda Biodiversity for Resilience (B4R) Activity. The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to lead and manage all aspects of the program, including client and project personnel management, partner coordination, planning and implementation, budget oversight, communications, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and reporting.
The five-year (2020-2025) B4R Activity seeks to assist communities, the Government of Uganda (GOU), and the private sector to conserve and manage biodiversity in target ecosystems for lasting environmental and economic sustainability and increased community and household resilience. RTI International, the prime implementer of the B4R Activity, shall achieve this goal through three interrelated outcomes:
1. Economic, financial, and social investments are linked to and incentivize conservation,
2. Governance arrangements benefit biodiversity and enable communities to benefit from biodiversity, and
3. GOU strengthens its sustainable management of targeted protected areas, and biodiversity adjacent to protected areas.
Role and Responsibilities
The DCOP will:
• Support the COP in the development of and implementation of annual work plans, establishing a clear vision, implementation strategy, and timetable with USAID, project personnel, consultants, subcontractors, and grantees to achieve project objectives.
• Support the COP in ensuring that each staff member adheres to the work plan and budget – meeting all target deliverables annually and over the life of the project.
• Support the COP’s supervision and management of the project’s subcontractors and Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) recipients.
• Facilitate regular communications with USAID and primary GOU counterparts the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and National Forest Authority (NFA).
• Provide oversight and support to project monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and adapting (MERLA) requirements and initiatives, including M&E tracking, verification and source documentation management systems, regular reporting, quarterly and annual reports, and other regular and ad hoc requirements
• Provide oversight and support to project communications and outreach. requirements, products, and initiatives, ensuring communications products are on message, thoroughly edited and quality assured.
• Assist in supervising and assessing staff performance.
• Assist in recruitment of new staff, including serving on interview panels and/or reviewing resumes.
• Support in overseeing project operational and finance systems, as directed by the COP and in accordance with USAID regulations and RTI policies and procedures.
• Attend and represent USAID B4R at meetings, workshops, press conferences, training courses, and other similar events, as appropriate and directed by the COP.
• Serve as Acting Chief of Party in the COP’s absence.
• Master’s degree or higher in relevant field, or significant comparable work experience.
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a senior project management role on donor-funded contracts, ideally those funded by USAID.
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the conservation and tourism sectors.
• Demonstrated experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, communications and outreach and project reporting.
• Demonstrated experience in engaging communities in conservation and conservation enterprises.
• Minimum of 5 years of East Africa experience; recent Uganda experience a plus.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are essential.
• Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.
• Knowledge of and experience ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and requirements.
• Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to foster professional relationships.
• High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality.
• Able to work independently and effectively in a team environment.
• Detail-oriented and highly organized, with a proactive approach.
• Ability to multi-task and work to meet tight deadlines.
• Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team.
• Superior English written and verbal communication skills, including expertise writing and editing reports and communications products for a USAID and US Government audience.