Save the Children is seeking Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) candidates for several upcoming opportunities to lead and manage all aspects of health/nutrition programming within Ethiopia. This senior leadership position will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. The COP will be Save the Children’s primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. This position will collaborate with the local government and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The DCOP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations.
The DCOP ensures operational implementation of high impact, proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. This role will assume the responsibilities of the COP in their absence. This role manages the implementation of program activities and ensures efficient operational support for the project team. Specifically, this person is a key part of the senior management team and oversees high-level HR duties, such as attracting talent and setting training standards and hiring procedures. They also analyze and improve organizational processes, and work to enhance quality, productivity and efficiency that will benefit the program.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to the contractual requirements with USAID and the Government of Ethiopia i.e. that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled.
- Represent the project at meetings with USAID, Government of Ethiopia, partners, and other stakeholders when required.
- Ensure proper project management by making sure that all planned expenditures are on track in strict compliance with the agreed budget lines and USAID and Save the Children’s financial regulations.
- Ensure that KPIs for program operations are met, working closely with other functions to achieve targets.
- Coordinate the design and routine update of detailed annual work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives.
- Ensure that reports for donors, Government of Ethiopia, and Save the Children are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor. Be fully aware of the grant compliance regulations of Save the Children as well as USAID.
- Manage and motivate direct reports to achieve their work plan objectives, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall program goals.
- Coordinate with key stakeholders, other USG implementing partners, and Government of Ethiopia.
- Oversee partners and manage day-to-day consortium service delivery approaches.
- Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges, and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities to the COP including quarterly and annual reports.
- Coordinate closely with the SC offices (in Ethiopia, as well as at the regional and global levels) and partners in administrative and HR matters, especially regarding operations and financial matters as they relate to the program.
- Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required.
- Master’s Degree in education or related field is a requirement.
- Minimum of seven years’ demonstrated technical and management experience in education, with experience in Ethiopia and/or Eastern Africa preferred;
- A minimum of 5 years of operations for development programs and a minimum of 1 year of USAID specific activities.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors, consortium members, and other stakeholders, at national and sub-national levels.
- Familiarity with USAID, management, and reporting procedures and systems.
- Strong management skills, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse operations and managerial requirements of the project description.
- Fluent oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills.
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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