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Deputy Chief of Team - Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven organizational and institutional performance improvements and establish communities of practice that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and the achievement of shared goals.

We leverage existing knowledge, technology, and new media, and local peer networks to support local reforms. Since our inception, we have provided support to more than 100 government, private-sector, and non-profit organizations in markets worldwide. We have created solutions that achieve outcomes across a broad range of sectors including education, governance, economic growth, environment and water, energy, and global law enforcement.

Scope and Objectives

The Kaizen Company is seeking a Deputy Chief of Team for the upcoming Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia III Program (MLDL III) funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Kaizen is currently implementing MLDL II where we work to build the institutional and human capacity of local government officials and citizens to manage disputes and security concerns by focusing on developing and expanding County Security Councils (CSCs), District Security Councils (DSCs) and Community Forums (CFs). Kaizen is supporting structures at multiple levels in Liberian society to give citizens the ability to bring disputes to authority figures as easily as possible with the aim of preventing minor disputes from becoming large scale conflicts. The project fosters peace by applying alternative dispute resolution and mediation techniques to supplant violence. This builds citizens’ trust and confidence in the government’s ability to fairly and rapidly respond to issues that are (or could become) larger security concerns. MLDL III will expand upon the work of MLDL II, with an added focus on enhancing the capacity of the current Early Warning-Early Response mechanism and coordinating with local NGO's. 

The Deputy Chief of Team Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all project activities with the Chief of Team;
  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight to program staff to align activities with program objectives, work plan and results framework;
  • Provide oversight and management of satellite office operations, including administrative, personnel, and financial matters and project implementation;
  • Travel regularly to satellite offices and beneficiary structures;
  • Provide technical support as needed, but especially in the areas of conflict resolution, conflict
    mitigation, data analytics and community development

Minimum qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher from a U.S. accredited institution or equivalent;
  • 5+ years international experience implementing projects in the following sectors: peace keeping, peace building, international rule of law and justice sector reform, criminal justice reform, conflict prevention and resolution, protection of human rights, and alternative dispute resolution; Supervisory experience while implementing projects in the sectors listed above;
  • Experience living and working in rural areas of the developing world, preferably in West Africa/Liberia;
  • Superior negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to build and maintain key relationships in a culturally diverse environment and negotiate the resolution of conflicting views to enable the implementation of policies and programs;
  • A working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Local knowledge will be beneficial in order to assist in the identification of structure members and expansion to new counties
  • The candidate will be a USN
  • Must be able to communicate in English with accuracy and fluency in order to participate fully and effectively in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings from both concrete and abstract perspectives;
  • Must be able to discuss their interests and special fields of competence, explain complex matters in detail, and provide lengthy and coherent narrations, all with ease, fluency, and accuracy. 
  • If a verification of English competency is requested by INL, candidates must receive a superior level rating from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
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