Deputy Chief of Party (Mekong Environment Program)


Pact Overview
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Project Overview
Pact is recruiting a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID-funded China Mekong Environment program. The purpose of the program is to enhance Environmental Safeguards in Chinese Infrastructure Investments in the Greater Mekong Region (China, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam).

Position Purpose
The DCOP is an executive level position responsible for working with the Chief of Party (COP) and the technical team in daily operations. This includes support to meet the project’s technical objectives; manage financial resources and program staff; manage partner coordination; maintain good working relationships with host government officials, stakeholders, and local partners; manage donor reporting; and ensure high-quality delivery of services. This position is contingent upon award.
Key Responsibilities

  • Work directly under the Chief of Party (COP) and share the responsibility for: rapid start-up, day-to-day program management and administration; financial management; award contractual compliance; developing and maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, national organizations, local community-based organizations, and other stakeholders; and provide technical assistance and direction to the program.
  • Work with the COP and the technical team to ensure overall planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; and review annual budgets and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure the cost-effective use of resources. Guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve quarterly budgets and reports in collaboration with the COP.
  • Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies, and regulations.
  • In coordination with the COP, serve as a liaison to relevant donors, the local government, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity.
  • Take the lead in drafting reports, including quarterly and annual reports to USAID.
  • Help recruit and directly supervise local project staff in line with Pact HR policies; oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
  • Serve as Acting COP in the COP’s absence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 Basic Requirements

  • At least seven years of experience in a senior management role on international development programs or projects of similar scope and scale. Demonstrated professional experience in fields related to the successful implementation of this program is required, such as civil society capacity building, development of multi-stakeholder platforms and networks, government engagement on politically sensitive issues, use of evidence-based assessments and research to influence decision-making, strategic environmental assessment, sustainable management of transboundary natural resources, environmental governance and institutional capacity building, social and environmental safeguard implementation, as well as an understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in these sectors.
  • A graduate degree (Master’s Degree or higher preferred) in a relevant field.
  • Senior leadership experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar-size international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting, and preferably experience in managing complex, multi-national/regional activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions. Prior experience as a Deputy Chief or Party on a USAID project preferred.
  • Proven ability to communicate, coordinate and effectively work with diverse stakeholders, from government officials to civil society organizations to academics to the private sector.
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
  • Strong institutional capacity building skills.
  • Fluency in English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to program management preferred.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Lower Mekong Region or Asia strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in a relevant Asian language.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.