Philippines nationals: Deputy Chief of Party (USAID Philippines Safe Water)


Manila, Philippines 🇵🇭


USAID/Philippines Safe Water program was executed by DAI and USAID on December 2, 2019. Safe Water works with local government units (LGUs), water service providers (WSPs), and watershed councils (WCs) in target sites to enable and sustain life-saving gains in access to water supply and sanitation (WSS) services by developing and reinforcing the systems that underpin and deliver vital WSS services, while protecting crucial upstream water resources. Activities specifically address the needs of the unserved and underserved households in the Philippines’ most water stressed communities for an inclusive, water-secure future.

By applying a systems approach that strengthens linkages between upstream and downstream stakeholders in the Provinces of Palawan, Negro Occidental, and Sarangani, and General Santos City, Safe Water will:

1) increase access to resilient water supply and sanitation services;

2) improve sustainable management of water resources; and

3) strengthen water sector governance.


The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will participate in the development of technical approaches and strategies that take into consideration local context and political economy. His/her role ensures that work streams primarily at the field site levels are effectively coordinated and consistent with the agreed strategies and suite of priority activities identified by the core technical team members. The DCOP supports the COP in the quality control of the technical reports, serves as strategic advisor to Chief of Party (COP), and as Acting-COP in his absence. The Deputy Chief of Party will be based on Manila with significant travel to the three field sites mentioned above.


The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for the following tasks:

Programmatic/Technical Leadership

  1. Provide overall, cross-cutting technical leadership and management of the field teams in the implementation of the work plan.
  2. Monitor implementation of Field Site Work Plans and troubleshoot implementation issues or bottlenecks.
  3. Oversee and manage the program’s MEL system, its application and reporting. Complete quarterly MEL reviews to ensure that M&E procedures remain responsive, and to apply adaptive management.
  4. Develop technical Scopes of Work (SOW) for subcontract and consultant assignments.
  5. Ensure timely preparation of all deliverables and progress reports on quarterly basis.
  6. As may be assigned by the Chief of Party, manage the preparation of inter-staff technical reports.
  7. Coordinate with the Communications team and support SW’s outreach and strategy by collecting success stories, photos, etc. at the field sites.
  8. Other duties requested by COP.


  1. Assist the Chief of Party as liaison with USAID, Government of Philippines counterparts and other stakeholders on technical and managerial issues;
  2. Work with the Finance and Operations Team to ensure all DAI and USAID policies and procedures are followed while implementing activities. In particular, m anage finance, operations, compliance and procurement functions.
  3. Work with technical team leads to ensure activities implemented by subcontractors and consultants are managed and facilitated well.
  4. Evaluate performance of individual staff under his/her direct supervision on regular basis and during annual performance review.  Discuss with staff strengths and areas for improvement.  Ensure staff are provided adequate resources to improve performance.
  5. Perform programmatic duties of the Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is absent from the office or traveling outside of Manila; and
  6. Other duties consistent with the overall focus of the assignment as assigned by the Chief of Party.


The Deputy Chief of Party will directly supervise the Field Teams, and will directly manage three Field Technical Managers, the Operations and HR Manager, and the Finance Manager.


The Deputy Chief of Party will report to the Chief of Party. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree, with a preference for a Master’s Degree 
  • 20+ years of experience, with a preference for 10-15 years of supervisor experience 
  • Strong managerial and operational experience leading complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions, and dispersed office/staffing structure in the country
  • Experience in the preparation of deliverables and progress reports, with a preference for specific experience in preparing USAID deliverables and progress reports
  • Experience providing leadership for integrated teams and/or specialized technical sectors, operations and finance
  • Candidate must be a Filipino citizen