Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector in managing their environment and natural resources. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in energy and other disciplines. Around the globe, RTI International has delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors, including natural resources governance, countering wildlife and environmental crime, forestry, marine and terrestrial biodiversity conservation, protected area management, climate change, sustainable fisheries, environmental policy, economic livelihood development, community engagement, institutional capacity building, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Haiti Resilient Environment Activity. This project will work to increase community resilience in the Haiti Northern Resilience Focus Zone (RFZ) by protecting and restoring ecosystem services, using a watershed management approach. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are exceptionally exceeded within budget and compliance. This position will provide project planning, oversight, leadership, and coordination. The COP will build and maintain strong and favorable client, partner, community, home office and team relations. They will provide technical assistance, coordination with the local government and support activities where necessary.
Responsibilities of the COP include, but are not limited to:
- Responsible for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational, and logistical management.
- Provides overall project vision and leadership; manage overall project design and delivery.
- Fosters and maintains effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, local organizations, donors, and other stakeholders for successful implementation.
- Manages client relations and serves as primary liaison and RTI Representative with the client and stakeholders regarding overall policy, resource mobilization and allocation, joint initiatives and coordination of project management and planning
- Oversees preparation and delivery of high-quality deliverables to USAID, including quarterly, annual, and other reports required by the contract. This includes providing project data and information, reviewing documents for accuracy, and writing relevant sections as agreed with the home office.
- Ensures synergies across technical components of the project to promote coordination; establish good team planning, coordination, deployment of resources, and intra-team communication efforts in support of the project objectives.
- Responsible for developing and implementing practices to ensure a high level of staff morale and retention.
- Bachelor’s Degree and 15 years of experience, Master’s degree and 12 years of experience, PhD and 8 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in natural resources management in the Latin America and Caribbean region, preferably Haiti.
- Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience and expertise on donor-funded environment and natural resource management projects focused on watershed management, landscape restoration, and income generating activities.
- Five years’ substantive experience in the implementation of large international donor programs working with counterparts at various levels of government, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in strengthening civil society engagement, capacity, and participation in sustainable fisheries management and/or coastal resource management in southeast Asia.
- Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams.
- Proven ability to work under pressure in difficult operating environments and with multiple concurrent demands.
- Knowledgeable and experienced with international development contracting policies and procedures, specifically USAID.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills in English, French and Haitian Creole.
- Ability to travel and work throughout Northern Haiti.
The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.
RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.
At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.