Chief of Party (Water Security and Resilience Activity)


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DAI seeks Chief of Party (Project Director/Team Leader) candidates for an upcoming regional water security program in Niger and Burkina Faso. The Water Security and Resilience Activity will work to support holistic, systematic, and lasting ways to address the root causes of water insecurity, land degradation, and underperforming risk management systems that impair health, limit productive land use, and hamper recovery from shocks and stressors in the Centre Nord in Burkina Faso, and the Maradi and Zinder regions in Niger. This activity will be an integrated element of the United States Agency for International Development Sahel Regional Office (USAID SRO) Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) II strategy to support vulnerable populations in targeted areas of Burkina Faso and Niger to effectively manage and recover from shocks and stresses and pursue sustainable pathways out of poverty. Specifically, this activity is anticipated to implement an interconnected set of interventions designed to address water insecurity and its underlying drivers, improve land management and tenure, and enhance preparedness and contingency planning for vulnerable populations in the RISE II zones of influence. In Niger, the zone of influence encompasses the Maradi region and the entire Zinder region except the northernmost desert communes.  In Burkina Faso, the zone of influence is a selected group of communes of the northern Centre Nord region. The Water Security and Resilience Activity will focus on the following objectives: (i) improved water security; (ii) enhanced sustainable productive land use; (iii) improved management of shocks, risks and stresses.


The Chief of Party will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the project.  S/he will oversee the long-term expatriate and local staff and short-term experts in achieving results. Other responsibilities include:

  • Serve as principal liaison with USAID, national ministries, commune- through national-level government officials, and other stake-holders on communications and technical implementation activities.
  • Provide technical and intellectual direction and leadership of all activity components; direct critical technical activities/field support, including overall oversight of all staff and field offices;
  • Collaborate closely, transparently, and effectively with other USAID implementing partners, especially those working under RISE II and RISE I;
  • Develop work plans for project activities; oversee development and implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Plan;
  • Provide comprehensive, timely, and accurate reporting to USAID.
  • Present findings in both written and oral presentations as required and serve as an advocate for program goals;
  • Coordinate activities with other donors, national government, and international organizations; represent the Water Security and Resilience Activity with other USAID and partner organizations;
  • Oversee all financial and administrative matters; and
  • Manage, lead, and oversee all staff in achieving results; oversee the planning process and produce a strategic plan for deliverables.


Applicants with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • A minimum of 15 years of experience managing donor-funded integrated water resource management (IWRM) programs focusing on water security, WASH, irrigation, “climate smart” agriculture, climate adaptation, and/or resilience in rural communities in Sub Saharan Africa, preferably in West Africa.
  • Prior experience working with multiple donor-funded and host country agencies to sequence, layer, and integrate activities as part of resilience programming;
  • Prior experience improving the operating environment for drinking water supply and sanitation service delivery including regulatory reform, legal and policy improvements, institutional reform and capacity building.
  • Prior experience in sustainable water use strategies, including Multiple Use Water Systems (MUS) across key sectors including agriculture, livestock, etc. as well as governance on water security issues.
  • A demonstrated track record of progressively responsible managerial experience implementing complex donor-funded projects with multiple activities and regional offices.
  • Previous experience as a proactive manager with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with local counterparts, national and local governments, civil society and community leaders, project beneficiaries, stakeholders, and international organization.
  • A demonstrated ability to integrate capacity building, gender inclusiveness, “pro-poor” coordination and climate risk analyses
  • Advanced degree in water engineering, water resources, environmental sciences, development economics, natural resource management, or a relevant social sciences or water and sanitation related field preferred.
  • USAID program management experience preferred. 
  • Fluency in French is required.