FHI360 Chief of Party in Dakar, Senegal

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 70 offices with 4400 employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions of them. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an education project. This position will be based in Ziguinchor, Senegal.

Project description

The aim of this five-year project is to provide equitable access to education for girls and boys aged 9 to 16 living in the crisis-affected areas of Casamance (Ziguinchor, Sedhiou, Kolda) and in the Kedougou region. Interventions should achieve the following four outcomes:

  1. Complementary education services provide basic education that meets the needs of communities.

  2. Formal basic education meets the needs of communities.

  3. The transition from primary to secondary school has increased.

  4. Families and guardians enroll out-of-school children in adapted education services.

Job Description

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for overall aspects of program implementation and performance, both technical and managerial. The COP will manage the Deputy Chief of Party, Director of Finance and Administration, and technical team, with overall responsibility for overseeing coordination across results areas, coordination of decision making across key stakeholders, and supervision of partner organizations. S/he has overall responsibility for the development of the vision, strategy, and technical direction of the project. S/he leads planning and implementation of work plans to ensure quality results. The COP will have overall responsibility in the areas of technical quality, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, operations, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial accounting, and overall client satisfaction.

Responsibilities include:

· Responsible for daily oversight and direction of project activities;

· Develop and maintain positive relations with Ministry of Education officials and other government counterparts, USAID, local organizations and program partners;

· Build capacity of public and private sector institutions to ensure local ownership and sustainability of project activities;

· Communicate regularly with USAID to provide updates and progress reports;

· Oversee planning and implementation of project activities, including reporting, tracking of Performance Monitoring Plan and implementation of the project work plan;

· Supervise project technical and operations teams;

· Supervise the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all local staff and consultants.


· Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent; PhD or EdD is preferred) in education, education policy and planning, public/business administration, international relations, other social sciences, or a similar relevant field

preferred. High levels of experience managing projects can be substituted for education requirements.

· Minimum of 10 (12 preferred) years’ experience managing complex international and donor-funded development projects, preferably with USAID;

· At least 5 years of experience in the education sector in West or Central Africa;

· Demonstrated experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement;

· Experience managing early grade reading programming is required; experience in teacher professional development and community engagement preferred;

· Must have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;

· Excellent oral and written communication skills in French are required;

· Proficiency in oral and written communication in English is also required.

We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at http://www.fhi360.org/careers for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.