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Chief of Party, USAID/Djibouti Citizens Engagement for Advocacy and Accountability Activity (CEAA)

Kaizen is seeking a Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID/Djibouti Citizens Engagement for Advocacy and Accountability (CEAA) Activity. This position is contingent upon USAID selecting Kaizen to implement this activity and USAID's approval of the candidate. The objective of the CEAA Activity is to strengthen citizens' participation and advocacy for more responsive governance to priority public needs. The CEAA Activity will build on previous USAID/Djibouti investments and align with the U.S. Mission's Integrated Country Goal #3 - under Mission Objective 3.1: Improve delivery of education, electricity, justice, and health services by furthering collaboration among citizens, civil society, and government, and advocating reforms, in coordination with relevant ministries and other development partners.

Position Description

The Chief of Party will lead all aspects of project performance, providing day-to-day technical guidance, operational oversight, and administration of CEAA. They will be directly accountable to the AOR and serve as USAID's direct point of contact for all technical and programmatic matters. 

This position is contingent upon award. The expected period of performance is an estimated 5 years (duration of the program). This position will be based in Djibouti.

Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and overall leadership to program operations;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID on day-to-day activity implementation and management issues;
  • Lead work planning and oversee all project management systems including finance and administration, human resources;
  • Supervise senior staff including hiring, mentoring local staff;
  • Supervise the work of all personnel assigned to tasks under the program;
  • Drive the achievement of program results by ensuring the provision of timely, relevant, high-quality services;
  • Facilitate a collaborative relationship between and among implementing partner and the client;
  • Ensure the USAID compliance and integrity of program operations.
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the program;

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least a bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field such as political science, global governance, international relations, public policy/administration, social studies, or economic development.
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in collaborating with and coordinating citizens, civil society, and government, and advocating reforms, in coordination with relevant ministries and other development partners in East Africa. Relevant work experience in Djibouti is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in leading governance/civil society engagement activities with an increasing level of leadership roles such as leading projects or managing a team. USAID experience required. Experience with multiple international/multilateral donors is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in building partnerships and facilitating constructive dialogue with national, sub-national, and regional government officials for improved service delivery.
  • Must have experience working with and building capacities of community organizations and civil soceity organizations (CSOs). Demonstrated ability in building capacities of CSOs to advocate for gender equality and equitable service delivery.
  • Experience delivering trainings to and building capacity of government officials and CSOs, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups. Experience in strengthening CSO organizational and planning capacities.
  • Strong familiarity with the CSO regulatory environment in Djibouti, including policy reforms and government decentralization.
  • Experience in grants management and oversight.
  • Experience in education, electricity, justice, and health sectors is not required, but advantageous.
  • Must have monitoring and evaluation, CLA, and knowledge management skills.
  • Must have English proficiency sufficent to conduct all aspects of project business and operations.
  • Must be fluent in French.
  • Fluency in Somali is not required, but desirable.

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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