Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in education and other disciplines. RTI's International Education Division leads education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, FCDO, The LEGO Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other donors and clients.
The anticipated USAID Improving Pathways to Education (IPE) activity in Honduras aims to increase access to safe, quality basic education for children and youth, by improving socio-economic opportunities, contributing to the multi-sectoral impacts of violence prevention efforts, and decreasing irregular migration. This activity will focus on basic education in Honduras, with a particular focus on the transition grades (Grade 3, Grade 6, and Grade 9.The IPE Activity will be implemented over a five-year period in selected municipalities and communities across Honduras characterized by high levels of out-migration and insecurity.
RTI is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) - Operations for the anticipated USAID Improving Pathways to Education (IPE) activity. The DCOP of Operations will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party in all operation and management aspects of the project. This position will be responsible for overseeing all financial management, procurement, sub-grants, logistics, security, and operations on the project. Candidates should possess a mix of strong management, administrative, sub grant experience and communication skills.
Position is contingent upon award and funding.
Responsibilities of the DCOP of Operations include, but are not limited to:
- Support the Chief of Party in all operation and management aspects of the project.
- Manage operational and administrative personnel, providing oversight of all operational and administrative functions on the project.
- Ensure that all operational and administrative functions of the project are aligned and support technical activities, and that the project conforms to USAID rules and regulations as well as project agreement requirements, including cost, schedule, and quality parameters.
- Oversee the intersection of contract, budget, and technical work, engaging appropriate RTI contract and finance staff as needed.
- Oversee Cooperating Country National (CCN) HR practices to include recruitment, hiring, orientation, compensation, benefits, payroll, separation, and employee relations. Provide routine and ad hoc reporting to IDG HR on HR activities and issues.
- Collaborate with the DCOP Technical and project monitoring and evaluation and communication leads to develop budgets for annual work plans, regularly monitor and report on related progress.
- Ensure the timely and quality reporting of all financial and operational deliverables and documentation in accordance with USAID and Government of Honduras guidelines.
- Ensure that contractual and internal approval requirements (e.g., waivers, approval memos, procurements) are met, and prepare justifications supporting these actions in coordination with project leadership and RTI home office support staff.
- Monitor budget analyses/reports and project cost reports/invoices against contract requirements, implementation progress, and general cost reasonability; alert management team to necessary contractual or management actions based on that review (e.g., LOE or line item reallocation, need to improve grant performance, etc.).
- Lead the identification, recruitment, and management of local consultants and subcontractors; perform the actions necessary to initiate appropriate contractual mechanisms, as applicable.
- Oversee project procurement efforts for cost reasonability and compliance.
- Produces operational reports and updates for deliverable reporting and project success stories.
- Responsible for design and implementation the grants program with the input and oversight of the Chief of Party, Grants team and the RTI Office of Contracts.
- Responsible for grants management process & subawards for local organizations, including grant proposal tracking, review, and approval process
- Collaborate with Chief of Party to identify and manage risks and actively participate in the resolution of performance issues with project staff and sub-awardees.
- Develop and implement practices to ensure a high level of staff growth, morale, and retention
- Bachelor's Degree and 15 years of experience, Master's degree and 12 years of experience, PhD and 8 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience implementing projects that are similar to this activity in terms of complexity, scope, and budget.
- Familiarity with Federal Acquisition Regulation policies and procedures related to grants, procurements, and subawards.
- Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams.
- Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.
- Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English required.
- Experience working in the LAC region, preferably in Honduras.
- Honduran citizens/nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
RTI does not permit any payment requests demanded during any part of the hiring process. If such requests are made, please report it to the RTI Ethics Office via HRethics@rti.org. Any candidate making any payment will be disqualified from consideration for future employment with RTI.