Chief of Party – Care International
Masvingo, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
CARE began working in Zimbabwe in 1992 in response to a severe regional drought. After establishing a drought mitigation program, CARE began longer term developmental programs with local partners in building small dams, strengthening local microfinance institutions, and launching projects to assist small businesspersons in the rural areas.CARE Zimbabwe’s overall goal is to empower disadvantaged and poor households to meet their basic needs. Programs promote sustainable livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people.
CARE International in Zimbabwe is recruiting for an anticipated food security project targeting food insecure areas of Masvingo and Manicaland provinces. This project seeks to achieve sustainable food security with desired high-level objectives of poverty reduction and adaptive and absorptive capacity improved. The organisation seeks to recruit outstanding candidates who are known for their excellence, professionalism, integrity and who are committed to providing support to vulnerable communities in remote locations of the targeted provinces. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the positions posted below, which will be filled upon confirmation of funding availability for the project.
CARE seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated $55M USAID/Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA). This activity seeks to achieve sustainable food security with desired high-level objectives of poverty reduction and adaptive and absorptive capacity improved. International relocation and allowances may be available for this position. The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID/FFP or other international food security projects.
Key duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversees the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
• Builds and maintains productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders, including international-, national, and community-level stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
• Manages the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes.
• Creates or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
• Builds partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders.
• Designs and oversees an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID/FFP’s annual planning cycles.
• With staff and partners, translates project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans.
• Oversees the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement.
• Represents the project at meetings, conferences, and other fora.
• Guides team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
• Manages and mentors senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicates expectations for staff performance.
• Master’s degree in a relevant field, including agriculture, business administration, development studies, international relations, nutrition, public health or related field.
• Minimum of 7 years of progressively increasing leadership and management responsibility on USAID-funded development activities of a similar size and scope is required with a minimum of 5 years of experience working in country programs/the field. Previous management experience on a Title II Food for Peace developmental program. Experience working in Zimbabwe is strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming.
• Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
• Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with maintaining high levels of quality despite demanding reporting schedules and short deadlines for deliverables. Ability to review and ensure accuracy of complex budget and expenditure formats.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
• Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques.
• Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing/mentoring, and managing staff.
• Fluency in English is required. Ability to travel within project areas as required and as security situation allows.