Chief of Party (USAID Global Waters Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) II)

The Cadmus Group

Washington, DC, US


Cadmus seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Global Water Communication and Knowledge Management II (Water CKM II) activity, under USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS). The activity provides services to create, capture, and share water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector knowledge internally and among stakeholders and to enhance communication and outreach to inform and engage key audiences. The COP will be responsible for the overall technical results and managerial aspects of the activity, including personnel, work planning, and financial oversight. S/he will be the primary liaison with USAID and oversee communications with implementing partners and other stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for ensuring that project initiatives comply with USAID requirements and achieve expected results.


  • Serve as primary liaison with the USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), USAID Water Office, and other RFS stakeholders on day-to-day activities, including work planning, defining new tasks / assignments, and to ensure the timely production of high-quality deliverables that respond to the Agency’s priorities and needs
  • Provide strategic vision and direction to the technical performance to achieve intended results, ensuring alignment between USAID Water Office priorities and Global Waters CKM II activities
  • Bring technical expertise and leadership in either integrated water resources management and WASH, or strategic communications and knowledge management, in the international development context, to shape program execution, deliverables, and impact
  • Oversee the collaborative development and implementation of communications strategies, KM activities, and learning initiatives, in line with USAID Water Office needs and priorities, and overarching
  • Oversee contract administration of the project, including financial, technical, and operational management, required quarterly and/or annual reporting, etc.
  • Ensure quality control and responsiveness of activities and services provided under the contract, including review and timely submission of technical and progress reports to the COR
  • Supervise a multi-institutional team of long-term personnel and on-call experts personnel, providing leadership and guiding human resource allocation for assigned tasks under the program
  • Coordinate Water CKM II Project activities with other central USAID water sector support mechanisms/contracts
  • Ensure high-quality program results and adapt as needed throughout the project lifecycle
  • Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project



Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field (preferably in communications, knowledge management, water, organizational learning, or environmental science)
  • Minimum 10 years of water resources management, WASH, and/or strategic communications program or project experience in the international development context
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively increasing project management experience
  • At least 5 years of experience working on USAID projects or programming
  • Minimum of 7 years of staff and/or team management experience
  • Prior experience as a Project Director or Program Manager, leading complex international development projects
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to an ever-changing context and work in ambiguity
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States as a U.S Perm Resident or U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or engineering degree in relevant field of expertise
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party on USAID-funded projects
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the Water sector and the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy
  • Prior experience working on USAID-funded WASH programs
  • Fluency in relevant language(s) (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic)

To Apply – All candidates must submit Cover Letter and Resume.

Cadmus is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination. Cadmus is committed to providing a respectful workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation (including gender identity and/or expression), national origin, military and veteran status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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