International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S.-based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects serving U.S. Government agencies, private sector companies, and several bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Job Title: Research Director
Department/Location: Remote with possible, eventual travel to Accra, Ghana
Reports To: Project Director
Classification: This is a managerial, exempt-level position
IBTCI seeks a Research Director with the status of a Chief of Party for USAID’s Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adapting (PELA) Task Order, a USAID/West Africa regional program with a field office in Accra, Ghana. PELA supports USAID/WA in its goal to be a more effective, efficient and adaptable operating unit that strengthens systems of non-violent conflict management in the region through effective project implementation, activity coordination, learning from experience; and serving as an information, communication, and thought leader regarding peace promotion and countering violent extremism (CVE). This position is based remotely with possible, eventual travel to Accra, Ghana with a period of performance of 60 days with the possibility of extension.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Leads the PELA Field Office team, managing day-to-day operations (financial and program management), and supervising the PELA Field Office staff, subcontractors, and consultants working in West Africa under the PELA Task Order;
- Assumes overall responsibility for activity management and technical operations to ensure that Task Order objectives are successfully met and that all deliverables are completed on schedule;
- Meets weekly with the PELA Home Office team;
- Ensures compliance with U.S. Government rules and regulations;
- Serves as the primary point of contact (meeting routinely) with USAID for activity implementation and management;
- Provides technical expertise in strengthening systems of non-violent conflict management and peace promotion;
- Provides quality control, ensuring that all products delivered under this Task Order are technically sound and of publishable quality;
- Drafts the requisite PELA annual and quarterly performance reports, the semi-annual work plan, and other required reports;
- Works closely with the MEL Manager in implementing the Activity, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP);
- Performs all fiduciary duties in a responsible and professional manner;
- Reports to the PELA Project Director; and
- Travels domestically and internationally, especially in West Africa. Travel is essential and may include travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas. An average of 25%-35% travel for project implementation and/or project management duties. Percentages may vary depending on IBTCI business needs.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience in Countering Violent Extremism or peace promotion preferred;
- Ability to successfully manage and mentor/develop staff in a multi-country and multi-cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience;
- Ability to manage USAID contracts and all reporting requirements, with demonstrated knowledge of relevant USAID policies and regulations;
- Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the Task Order; and
- Experience establishing and supporting networks preferred.
- At least six (6) years of experience successfully managing MERL programs/activities; CLA; analytical research, and/or program support mechanisms;
- Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, public administration, political science, international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or related field. (PhD preferred)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including experience preparing high-quality reports and presentations; and
- Minimum of professional proficiency in French.
- Oral and written fluency in English required.
Education: Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, public administration, political science, international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or related field required. PhD preferred.
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position does have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Travel is essential and may include travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas. An average of 25%-35% travel for project implementation and/or project management duties. Percentages may vary depending on IBTCI business needs.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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