Chief of Party (Building Resilience Through Sustainable Community Based NRM (CBNRM) Activity)


Harare, , ZW

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.

The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee all strategic, technical and operational aspects for the anticipated USAID CBNRM Activity in Zimbabwe, which will increase the capacity of communities to sustainably protect and manage community-based natural resources and the wildlife economy in anticipation of future shocks and stresses. This will be done through the provision of technical assistance focused on three key areas: (1) improving economic benefits from strengthened community-level governance and oversight of conservation enterprises; (2) increasing the quantity and quality of sustainable water necessary to meet human, economic, and ecosystem needs; and (3) strengthening locally-led development and increased private sector engagement.
The COP will act as the main point of contact among USAID, ECODIT and partner organizations, ensuring timely communications and collaborations on a range of highly complex deliverables, and ensuring timely and accurate submission of high-quality deliverables that respond to USAID’s priorities and expectations.

Specifically, the COP will: 

  • Assume overall technical, financial, and administrative leadership of the Activity; ensuring that all tasks are implemented effectively and that all deliverables are submitted on time, within budget, and in compliance with applicable United States Government (USG) regulations and ECODIT policies; 
  • Identify and execute strategies to build viable relationships with key stakeholders, including USAID, the GOZ, the private sector, civil society and other important actors (such as the Savé Valley Wildlife Conservancy, Bubye Valley Wildlife Conservancy, and the Gonarezhou National Park) in the NRM sector; 
  • Address critical economic and developmental challenges related to the lack of investment in the land-share model for communities;
  • Work with partners and stakeholders to increase access to healthy, safe, and sustainable supplies of water of to meet human, economic, and ecosystem need
  • Streamline investment and collaboration among private conservancies, communities and local authorities towards long-term sustainable landscapes for mutual benefit;
  • Advise on capacity building measures to generate long-lasting benefits from community assets and development capital in business, organizational, and environmental management
  • Liaise regularly with USAID to ensure the timely production and submission of high-quality deliverables, including regular project reports; 
  • Work with the ECODIT Home Office to coordinate technical and editorial review of project deliverables prior to submission to USAID; 
  • Supervise technical and administrative/finance personnel; and
  • Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental or Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Development, International Development, Economics or a related degree; a Master’s Degree or higher is preferred 
  • A minimum of twelve (12) years of experience leading and managing projects in or related to community-based natural resource management, biodiversity, wildlife economy, sustainable development, or a related area
  • Experience leading donor-funded activities to include managing and/or supporting USAID projects highly desirable;
  • Strong understanding of governance, conservation, and land tenure issues in Southern Africa; prior experience working in Zimbabwe preferred;  
  • Demonstrable experience linking ENRM priorities to gender equity and empowerment;  
  • Proven experience in assembling and/or managing diverse teams to effectively execute tasks;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English  

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated resume/CV in English through the “Our Jobs” section of the ECODIT website. We encourage applications from Zimbabwean Nationals and residents interested in this opportunity. Please note that positions are contingent upon contract award. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.