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Chief of Party - Madagascar
RTI International (RTI)
Full-time
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Posted 3 weeks ago
Job Description

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.

RTI’s Environment portfolio has delivered innovative, locally driven, evidence-based solutions in local and institutional capacity building in natural resource governance and environmental policy, countering wildlife and environmental crime, forest and protected area management, sustainable landscapes, climate change and resilience, livelihood development, and economic growth.

Position Description

RTI is seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for upcoming USAID projects in Madagascar. The anticipated goals of the new activities are to build and strengthen resilience through sustainably managed natural resources and reducing direct threats to key species; foster climate-resilient communities through participatory landscape planning, adaptive management, and scaling up actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change; promote sustainable management of forest and marine landscapes while also supporting livelihoods. Collectively, these actions will work to ensure more sustainable economic opportunities are available for communities and biodiversity is conserved.

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The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are exceptionally exceeded within budget and compliance. This position will provide project planning, oversight, leadership, and coordination. The COP will build and maintain strong and favorable client, partner, community, home office and team relations. They will provide technical assistance, coordination with the local government and support activities where necessary.

Position is contingent upon award and funding.

Responsibilities of the COP include, but are not limited to:

  • Accountable for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational, and logistical management.
  • Provides overall project vision and leadership; manage overall project design and delivery.
  • Fosters and maintains effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts in Madagascar, local organizations, donors, and other stakeholders for successful implementation.
  • Oversees preparation and delivery of high-quality deliverables to USAID, including quarterly, annual, and other reports required by the contract. This includes providing project data and information, reviewing documents for accuracy, and writing relevant sections as agreed with the home office.
  • Ensures synergies across technical components of the project; establish good team planning, coordination, deployment of resources, and intra-team communication efforts in support of the project objectives.
  • Mentor senior-level local staff to develop their capacity to serve in more senior leadership roles on USAID-funded projects.

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in sustainable forestry, marine conservation, climate adaptation, sustainable natural resources management, preferably in Madagascar.
  • At least ten years of senior-level management experience in the design, implementation, and management of natural resource management activities of similar size, complexity, and setting; expertise on projects focused on community based natural resource management, protected area management, and sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem services is highly preferred.
  • Five years’ substantive experience in the implementation of large international donor programs working with counterparts at various levels of government, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in strengthening civil society engagement, capacity, and participation in sustainable natural resources management.
  • Leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of institutional stakeholders, including host governments at all levels, which may have divergent interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams and foster collaboration to achieve activity goals, meet activity milestones, and produce quality results.
  • Demonstrated experience in institutional strengthening.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with international development contracting policies and procedures, specifically USAID.
  • Exceptional English written and verbal communication skills; fluency in French is required and Malagasy is preferred.
  • Ability to travel and work throughout Madagascar.
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