Chief of Party/Program Director

Boulder, CO or Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Job #07210


The University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) is seeking a highly qualified Chief of Party/Program Manager with strong experience in water and sanitation and expertise in systems building and systems change, adaptive management and learning. The Chief of Party will work closely with USAID’s Water Office and manage a dynamic consortium of technical partners to develop solutions to the complex challenge of sustaining WASH service delivery provided by local rural and urban systems. The incumbent will facilitate the successful implementation of the project and coordinate with USAID, working along with project partners by overseeing the overarching monitoring, evaluation, and learning design and implementation throughout the project.

Sustainable WASH Systems is a new 5-year, $15M effort that begins in October 2016 to help USAID and its partners identify locally-driven solutions to the challenge of developing robust local systems capable of sustaining WASH service delivery. It will have a strong emphasis on partnership and learning for catalytic change in the water and sanitation sector. Coordinating with and facilitating interactions among seven consortium partners in at least four priority countries, the project will work to meet the rapidly increasing needs of USAID’s partner countries for sustainable WASH activities.

The project is a partnership of The University of Colorado Boulder (the prime recipient and partnership coordinator), Environmental Incentives, IRC, Tetra Tech, LINC, Whave, WaterSHED, and UNICEF. The position is full-time, based in Boulder, CO or Washington, D.C.

The Chief of Party will be responsible for providing overall strategic direction, managerial, and technical leadership for the project and coordinate with USAID and other involved USG partners including multiple governments, international organizations, and country-level stakeholders.

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the following tasks.

Coordination and Relationship Management:

  • Lead the engagement among consortium partners and facilitate the partners’ efforts towards achieving the common goal.
  • Work to create a positive environment for all partners to participate fully in the program and lead the development of an environment conducive to working together toward a common goal.
  • Coordinate knowledge management and dissemination activities with other donors, international organizations and NGOs.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Liaise with USAID Water Office points of contact to coordinate program activities.
  • Liaise with consortium points of contact to coordinate on-the-ground implementation and reporting.
  • Coordinate with sub-contractors and vendors for the provision of services and products.

Program Management, Strategy and Learning:

  • Lead the strategic planning and inter-team thinking on systems building and systems change in the WASH setting.
  • Development and submission of annual program work plans in coordination with the contract partners in the consortium and USAID staff.
  • Provide proactive technical and thought leadership for program’s learning structure and coordination.
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement, in coordination with all partners.
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting and written and oral presentations to USAID on all program areas
  • Oversee production processes of UCB deliverables and finalize UCB outputs.
  • Conduct internal evaluations of the program, including program performance, capacity building and sustainability efforts, and management.
  • Manage overall program budget and schedule, and review invoices to USAID, with staff support.
  • Report, track, and manage program activity and Level of Effort to the USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative regularly as indicated in the funding agreement.
  • Ensure adherence to USAID and UCB policies and procedures.

Staff Management:

  • Support UCB faculty, students and staff on the WASH project, including the management team and technical learning team.
  • Manage the recruitment, training, and deliverables of staff and consultants for UCB.
  • Directly supervise a full time Learning Coordinator position, a half-time finance position and mentor senior staff and students at UCB and contract partners, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.

We are seeking a candidate with the following experience and qualities.

Experience & Expertise

  • At least ten (10) years or more of progressively responsible international work experience managing water and sanitation development projects/programs, with particular expertise in systems building and systems change, adaptive management, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), or collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) approaches, etc.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in a management position in an international development context.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate among different consortium members, internal and external stakeholders to identify priorities, set strategic direction and achieve the overall vision of the Initiative.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Prior supervisory work experience managing projects of a similar magnitude and complexity including direct supervision of professional and support staff; and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of government and civil society counterparts, including host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience with USAID and knowledge of their operations preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to facilitate high-level professional interactions with track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Master’s degree or higher in WASH, public health, social sciences, environmental management, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is an absolute requirement

Qualities & Characteristics

  • Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to timely delivery of high quality products.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to constructively receive and give critical feedback.

We will begin reviewing applications on Oct 31, 2016.  Position will remain open until filled.

 M.S. degree or higher in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Public Health, Environmental Management, or Social Sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
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