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Chief Of Party

Washington, DC, USA | Palladium

  • Industry:
    Management Consulting
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Palladium’s growing Conflict, Stabilization, and Transition (CST) team is seeking Chief of Party candidates (COPs) for a variety of upcoming USAID-funded stabilization and transition projects around the world. Palladium’s CST team is seeking individuals who want to be part of building a new, innovative and energetic practice area.  The availability of these roles is contingent upon the award of projects and donor funding. Interested candidates should submit a resume for consideration.Informational interviews with CST staff at Palladium are also appreciated and available. 

Position Summary  

The COP will serve as Palladium’s designated official for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID while providing field management leadership. The COP is responsible for financial and program management, oversight, and reporting of Palladium’s progress and quality of performance in meeting the program’s activity undertakings. Under the guidance and overall technical direction of USAID, the COP provides oversight of activities, including supervision of the program field staff, ensuring appropriate activity design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with USAID rules and regulations. 

A strong COP should:  

Be willing to have close, daily collaboration with USAID's in-country staff. 

Take programmatic and strategic direction from USAID staff. 

Have strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff. 

Be a 'hands on' manager who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management. 

Understand USAID's need for direct program communication with all program staff. 

Have demonstrated past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming ideally. 

Be flexible to potential changes in program objectives and shifting political contingencies. 

The COP will be responsible for: 

Making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity. 

Management, oversight, and reporting of Palladium’s progress and quality of performance in meeting the program’s activity undertakings. 

Financial and program management, oversight, and reporting of Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the program’s activity undertakings. 

Serving as Palladium’s designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID. 

In close consultation with USAID, providing oversight of grant activities, including supervision of program staff, ensuring appropriate grant design, ensuring that procedures are established and complied with for grant development, grant worthiness, grant implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and grant closing. 

Under the guidance of the USAID, contributing to the design and implementation of the M&E system at the activity and program levels and for ensuring that all programming is properly monitored and evaluated. 

Required Skills and Qualifications  

Relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO managing an office or program. 

A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience and a bachelor’s degree or twelve (12) years of relevant work experience without a bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience entails working in complex, high-speed and/or challenging field operations in developing countries. At least three (3) years of this experience shall include managing these field operations. 

A minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience. 

Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity. 

Experience with grant management. 

Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs. 

Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting), and procurement. 

Experience with activity design, development, and implementation. 

Experience working in a fragile or transitional state environment. 

Desired Qualifications: 

Experience with in-kind and/or small grants. 

Experience implementing/managing programming directed at impacting a transition. 

Experience working in countries undergoing transition. 

Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints. 

Demonstrated experience and knowledge in overseeing program close-out. 

Experience with remote management in transition environments. 

Experience working in security challenged environments. 

Experience regularly interfacing with senior host government officials, analyzing political and security developments, and advocating for shared program equities. 

Demonstrated conversational Arabic, French, and Spanish skills. Other international languages also of interest. 


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