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Chief of Party – Research Director- USAID field office in Accra, Ghana

Research Director Peace through Evaluation, Learning and Adapting, Ghana

IBTCI seeks a Chief of Party – Research Director with the status of a for USAID’s Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adapting (PELA) Task Order, a USAID/West Africa regional program with a field office in Accra, Ghana. PELA supports USAID/WA in its goal to be a more effective, efficient and adaptable operating unit that strengthens systems of non-violent conflict management in the region through effective project implementation, activity coordination, learning from experience; and serving as an information, communication, and thought leader regarding peace promotion and countering violent extremism (CVE). This position is based in Accra, Ghana, with a period of performance through March 29, 2022 (approximately 22 months).

 

Job Title:                                          Research Director

Department/Location:                    Accra, Ghana

Reports To:                                      Project Director

Type:                                               Regular Full-Time

Classification:                                 This is a managerial, exempt-level position

Responsibilities

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:  

  • Leads the PELA Field Office team, managing day-to-day operations (financial and program management), and supervising the PELA Field Office staff, subcontractors, and consultants working in West Africa under the PELA Task Order;
  • Assumes overall responsibility for activity management and technical operations to ensure that Task Order objectives are successfully met and that all deliverables are completed on schedule;
  • Meets weekly with the PELA Home Office team;
  • Ensures compliance with U.S. Government rules and regulations;
  • Serves as the primary point of contact (meeting routinely) with USAID for activity implementation and management;
  • Provides technical expertise in strengthening systems of non-violent conflict management and peace promotion;
  • Provides quality control, ensuring that all products delivered under this Task Order are technically sound and of publishable quality;
  • Drafts the requisite PELA annual and quarterly performance reports, the semi-annual work plan, and other required reports;
  • Works closely with the MEL Manager in implementing the Activity, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP);
  • May be required to be in-country to perform the essential duties of this position;
  • Reports to the PELA Project Director; and
  • Manage all fiduciary duties in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Travels domestically and internationally, especially in West Africa. Travel is essential and may include travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas.  An average of 25%-35% travel for project implementation and/or project management duties.  Percentages may vary depending on IBTCI business needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The Chief of Party will have experience  in Countering Violent Extremism or peace promotion preferred;
  • Ability to successfully manage and mentor/develop staff in a multi-country and multi-cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience;
  • Ability to manage USAID contracts and all reporting requirements, with demonstrated knowledge of relevant USAID policies and regulations;
  • Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the Task Order; and
  • Experience establishing and supporting networks preferred.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least six (6) years of experience successfully managing MERL programs/activities; CLA; analytical research, and/or program support mechanisms;
  • Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, public administration, political science, international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or related field. (PhD preferred)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including experience preparing high-quality reports and presentations; and
  • Minimum of professional proficiency in French.
  • Oral and written fluency in English required.

Education: Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, public administration, political science, international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or related field required. PhD preferred.

Working Environment:  Work is typically performed in an office environment.

Physical Requirements:  This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

 

Supervisory Responsibility:  This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

 

Travel:  Travel is essential and may include travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas.  An average of 25%-35% travel for project implementation and/or project management duties.  Percentages may vary depending on IBTCI business needs.

Apply here: https://careers-ibtci.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&searchLocation=13200–

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