Chief of Party (Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) Activity)


Arlington, VA, US

ECODIT is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. We provide technical assistance services ranging from quick-turnaround assessments and evaluations to design and implementation of long-term multi-million-dollar projects. Since its founding in 1993, ECODIT has provided professional services through more than 250 projects/contracts to diverse clients in more 50+ countries. Building on our track record of success, we have continuously expanded the depth and breadth of our expertise in the water, energy, environment, and urban and local governance sectors.

Position Description:

ECODIT is seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) Activity, a Task Order (TO) under the Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II (STARR II) IDIQ. The INRM Activity to serve as a cross-sectoral support mechanism under the Agency’s Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Framework. The Activity will support uptake of ENRM across the Agency by providing strategic support to USAID’s Missions, technical offices and other Operating Units on integrated programming through the following thematic areas: (1) Supporting strategic planning based on timely analysis and best available evidence; (2) Supporting and facilitating Mission-led ENRM project and activity design and adaptive management; (3) Testing new approaches in integrated ENRM programming; (4) Supporting monitoring, evaluation and learning of multi-sectoral programs; and (5) Supporting communications and knowledge management.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee all strategic, technical and operational aspects for the USAID INRM Activity. This is a highly visible role responsible for stakeholder coordination and engagement as well as a wide range of technical activities requiring strong understanding of environmental and NRM issues, including one or more of the following: biodiversity conservation, land-use based climate change mitigation and adaptation; land-use planning and development across urban, peri-urban and rural contexts, land tenure and property rights, economics, including valuation of ecosystem goods and services, private sector engagement, and linkages between environment programming and other development sectors (e.g. food security, public health, democracy and governance, and others). The position also requires a background in communications, knowledge management, and/or monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), preferably in an international development context.

The COP will bear primary responsibility for all technical aspects of project performance as well as the effective, efficient, and timely implementation of all activities including management of staff and consultants, oversight of work plans and project financial management. The COP will be the main representative to USAID and implementing partners, ensuring ongoing coordination. The COP is responsible for achieving the project’s expected results as well as for ensuring that administrative, financial and contracting systems are functioning to support the project’s success.

Specifically, the COP will:

  • Liaise with the USAID TO Contracting Officer’s Representative (TOCOR) and other members of USAID’s Office of Land and Urban, Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, Office of Global Climate Change, and USAID Missions, to ensure the timely production of high-quality deliverables that respond to the Agency’s priorities and needs;

  • Provide overall contract, financial and technical management for the project;

  • Oversee team performance, assure quality and timeliness, and manage project resources;

  • Lead work planning and prepare/review and submit technical and progress reports to the TOCOR;

  • Supervise a team of long-term personnel and short-term consultants and provide leadership in staff mentorship and professional development;

  • Leverage linkages across project components for the purpose of improving the relevance and quality of deliverables;

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of research and analysis, adaptive management, pilot testing, MEL and communications and knowledge management activities;

  • Coordinate project activities with other relevant central USAID support mechanisms/contracts; and

  • Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project and as requested by USAID.

Academic and Experience Requirements: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or health science, organizational learning, MEL, knowledge management, communications, or other field appropriate to the project’s Statement of Work (SOW); advanced degree preferred.

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in environmental and NRM programming, with strong experience working in an international development context

  • Excellent management skills leading a diverse set of activities and tasks globally with a range of stakeholders and customers

  • Experience designing, implementing and monitoring cross-sectoral international development programs

  • Demonstrated familiarity with USAID’s ENRM Framework, and other environmental and NRM-related policies and tools

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

  • Prior experience with USAID projects, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements preferred. Previous COP experience highly desirable

  • Fluency in one or more relevant languages (e.g., French, Spanish) preferred

Application Instructions

This position offers an excellent opportunity for professional and career development within a reputable small business poised for significant growth. Compensation is commensurate with background and experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV immediately. The firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Only select candidates will be contacted; no phone calls or emails please.