DT Global (Development Transformations, LLC)

Chief of Party - USAID Sri Lanka Transparent and Accountable Governance Activity

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Last update: May 27, 2024 Last update: May 27, 2024


Deadline: Jun 24, 2024
Location: Sri Lanka
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 10 years
Date posted: May 24, 2024


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DT Global is shaping a future where sustainable development and innovation empower individuals, communities, and nations. We work in partnership with local stakeholders to foster inclusive prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Our global team of 2,500 staff and experts work in over 90 countries to solve complex problems in the peacebuilding, governance, economic development, environment, and human development sectors. With a track record of technical excellence and more than 60 years of international development experience and relationships, we deliver innovative solutions that transform lives.

Primary Responsibilities:

DT Global seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Transparent and Accountable Governance in Sri Lanka Activity. This four-year activity is designed to strengthen Sri Lanka’s democratic and economic governance reform efforts by bolstering good governance, transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption. The COP will develop the strategic vision, provide technical leadership, and lead overall management of the program. The COP provides oversight of activities, including supervision of the program field staff, ensuring appropriate activity design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with USAID and DT Global rules and regulations. The COP will be responsible for representation of the program and coordination with USAID, other donors within the sector, and other programs as necessary.  

Please note this position is contingent upon donor funding and award of the contract to DT Global.

  • Provide overall leadership, project planning and implementation of the program, ensuring timely and high-quality expertise and deliverables for USAID.
  • Manage and motivate a diverse team of technical and operations experts in designing, planning, and executing the program’s work plan to achieve long-term, sustainable results.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID and contribute to a successful, positive relationship with the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
  • Support a team of program experts and staff to establish effective monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems and processes, and ensure that the program serves as a model for adaptive management, continuous learning, and innovation.
  • Coordinate with USAID and relevant stakeholders, including partners, government and local counterparts, donors, and other USAID/USG programming in Sri Lanka.
  • Provide management, strategic direction, and oversight to the activity’s technical, administrative, and financial performance; represent the activity at relevant conferences, working groups, and meetings with USG and non-USG stakeholders.
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality control methods in a consistent and transparent manner for all contracted tasks and functions and ensure their compliance with USG and DT Global rules and regulations.
  • Provide accountability for program safety and security of staff, assets, and movements.
  • Maintain oversight of grant activities, including ensuring that grant making procedures are followed. Grant making includes appropriate grant design, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and close out.

Education & Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10 years of progressive experience supervising complex and challenging field operations in conflict environments, fragile or transitional countries.
  • A relevant master’s degree from an accredited university, or a relevant bachelor’s degree and five additional years of management experience (a minimum of 15 years progressive experience).
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: institution strengthening, transparency and accountability, responsive governance, anti-corruption, public financial management (PFM), domestic resource mobilization (DRM).
  • Previous experience working in Asia or a similar context to Sri Lanka required, with experience in Sri Lanka highly desired.
  • Relevant program management experience, including activity design, development, and implementation, with an international development contractor or NGO.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and managing programs in politically sensitive or highly fluid policy contexts, responding successfully to meet shifting client needs.
  • Professional proficiency in English, both verbally and in writing, required. Sinhala or Tamil language skills a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing functions such as security, finance, procurement, and logistics in post-conflict or transition settings.
  • Experience managing diverse program teams, including remotely. This should include training, mentoring, and capacity building of senior staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with local counterparts, other donor-funded projects, and parties interested in or affected by program interventions.
  • Demonstrated ability for developing and sustaining relationships with USAID counterparts and clearly elucidating program strategy and programmatic information.  This should include leveraging experience and relationships to articulate responses to regular USAID requests.
  • Demonstrate excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking, and decision-making capabilities, often in difficult circumstances.
  • Experience overseeing monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems and processes.
  • Experience in operational, human resources, construction, and financial management for USAID-funded projects.
  • Ability/willingness to travel throughout Sri Lanka to support teams on a regular basis necessary.

Core Competencies:

TEAMWORK: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals. Participates in building a culture characterized by inclusion, trust and commitment.  

COMMUNICATION: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts professionally. Demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.  

ADAPTABILITY: Adjusts planned work by gathering relevant information and applying critical thinking to address multiple demands and competing priorities in a changing environment.  

CUSTOMER/CLIENT FOCUSED: Anticipates, monitors and meets the needs of customers and responds to them in an appropriate and responsive manner.  

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: Conveys respect for diverse individuals and perspectives; models inclusive behavior and treats everyone fairly.  

PROFESSIONALISM: Displays appropriate and ethical behavior, integrity and personal presentation in the workplace always; demonstrates respectful communication for others, both verbal and non-verbal.  

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DT Global (dt-global.com) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. DT Global prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.