Food for the Hungry is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming five-year USAID-funded “Accelerating Reductions in Adolescent Childbearing (ARaC)” program in Bangladesh. The program will focus on four key objectives: 1) Increased Ability of Adolescents to Exercise Their Right to Delay Marriage and Early Childbearing; 2) Strengthened Social Support to Delay Marriage And Early Childbearing; 3) Strengthened Essential Services for Adolescents and Their Families; and 4) Institutionalized Effective Solutions. The program will have a duration of five years and will begin its implementation in 2023.
This position is contingent on approval of the Accelerating Reductions in Adolescent Childbearing (ARaC) grant.
All we do, and how we do it, seeks to promote God’s beauty, goodness, and truth in a broken world. As such, we are defined by our ability to make people’s lives measurably better; our ability to deliver impact is the measure of our collective success. For we know that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has already prepared in advance for us to do. At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of values called Heartbeat Values.
The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the program leadership, administrative oversight, and overall coordination of the project. The COP will serve as the principal institutional liaison with USAID, MINERD and key stakeholders. CoP will manage staff and ensure that the Activity meets stated goals and reporting requirements, as well as ensure the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the activity. The COP should have demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines and budget. They will ensure the project complies with award terms and conditions, USAID policies and regulations, and that systems are in place to effectively manage donor resources. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders.
• Provide leadership to the overall program to ensure it delivers as per approved program design and donor and stakeholder agreements.
• Ensure the program implementation and reporting are in accordance with USAID’s procedures and standards.
• Establish and maintain consistent communication with international and local program partners and government officials in project implementation.
• Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as gender and sustainability are fully integrated into programming.
• Be updated on all legal requirements affecting Food for the Hungry in the country and immediately notify the Country Director of any risk, issue, or change affecting FH/BAN operations.
Management and Administration
• Responsible for the presentation of annual plans as per donor requirements.
• Responsible for having the appropriate systems in place to ensure evidence-based decision making and to inform adaptive management.
• Oversee the management of all financial resources and ensure the appropriate mechanisms are in place to make sure resources are effectively used as per FH and USAID’s procurement and financial guidelines.
• Coordinate periodic reviews of programmatic and financial progress and lead budget harmonization processes.
• Ensure the quality of donor reports and provide final FH Global Office reports for presentation to the donor.
• Make sure the program and all staff adhere to FH BAN's safety plan. This position must ensure that FH complies with the Minimum Standards of Operational Safety and Security, and the Legal Duty of Care of FH or all program personnel.
Representation and Coordination
• Serve as the main liaison with the Ministry of Education, donors, and other relevant bodies to the local project. Maintain responsibility for proper communication and consultation.
• Actively participate in various working groups and coordination meetings at the national level.
• Organize learning and exchange opportunities between the project and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
Human Resources Management
• Carry out the hiring, orientation, and training of key personnel to build a strong, well-supported and motivated team.
• Identify opportunities for staff professional development and provide recommendations to the Human Resources department for implementation.
• Coordinate with Human Resources in the preparation of employee job descriptions, performance plans, and performance evaluations.
• Work with line management to ensure team cohesion and collaboration within the organization.
Other duties as assigned.
Job Level Specifications
• Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs.
• Demonstrated experience collaborating with multisectoral partners to advance adolescent wellbeing and gender equality, including in areas related to gender-based violence, education, economic opportunities, mental health and psychosocial support, and resilience.
• Experience using collaboration, learning, and adaptation to continuously improve the quality of implementation.
• Demonstrated computer-operating skills, including proficiency in Google platforms, Microsoft Office products, and virtual technologies such as Skype and Zoom.
• High integrity and a sense of professional ethics.
• Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems, and/or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives.
• Advanced level MS Excel and knowledge of the financial application Sun Systems.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes.
• Strong people management skills/interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate, teach and advise staff.
• Comfortable and persuasive when talking about large and small groups.
• Excellent people skills, with the ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization, and across organizational and cultural boundaries, and strong networking and representation skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
• Ability to travel up to 25% of time per year, within Bangladesh to project sites and overseas (if needed).
• At least 10 years of progressive international work experience responsible for implementing large multi-sector development programs with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills.
• At least 5 years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs.
• Experience with health and gender programming for very young adolescents (ages 10-14).
• Familiarity with USAID approaches and regulations.
• Knowledge of the context in Bangladesh as it relates to child, early, and forced marriage and adolescent childbearing, including relevant government processes and policies.
• Master's degree is required, preferably in education, or in humanitarian development, educational management, or related area, or equivalent combination of education and 13 years of experience.
Proficiency in spoken and written English. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Directly supervises staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.
FH strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. FH holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. FH expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that FH work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the Heartbeat Values and safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.
Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.
Insurance - Health, Disability, Life
Paid holidays, vacation, & sick leave
Pension, available on first of month after date of hire
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