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ID: 810 Published: 31 March 2018 10:50 pm


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Chief of Party, Malawi

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Organization Overview

The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation’s prominent policies and programs. Our contributions—at all government levels—have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development, income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Nutrition Service, among others.


Abt Associates seeks a Chief of Party for an upcoming United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management contract in Malawi. The contract will build capacity of Ministry of Education staff for monitoring and evaluation of early grade reading at national, school, and community levels. The Chief of Party (COP) will be stationed in Lilongwe, Malawi for a period of 5 years and will provide leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project. This position will be responsible for guiding senior technical staff and for ensuring program responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, resource allocation, and personnel issues. The COP will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project. In carrying out these responsibilities the COP will work in partnership with USAID, national- and local-government agencies and officials, and other partners and project staff.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction and technical leadership to produce monitoring and evaluation results and deliverables;
  • Manages, supervises, and ensures the quality of work of a team of full-time local and expat staff as well as multiple subcontractors and short-term technical assistance staff;
  • Recruits and selects short-term staff as needed for specific tasks;
  • Clarifies roles, delegates responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicates expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Manages the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project;
  • Provides quality assurance over all technical and administrative deliverables and ensures technical and administrative contractual compliance
  • Functions as the primary liaison between USAID, Abt Associates, local national organizations, and other partners and stakeholders;
  • Creates management systems in line with Abt standard operating procedures that are consistent with the needs of the project;
  • Works with USAID, staff, and partners to translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
  • Directs and oversees planning and budgeting processes. Prepares quarterly and annual project activity reports as specified in the contract;
  • Maintains productive working relationships with USAID, project partners and key counterparts, and reports to the Project Director in Abt Associates’ home office.

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree with at least 15 years of international project management experience in designing, implementing, and managing complex monitoring and evaluation frameworks for programs in developing countries.
  • Expertise in early grade reading with preference given to experience with the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA).
  • Significant experience in East Africa is critical with a preference given to experience in Malawi, including thorough knowledge of specific educational priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity development with ministry of education staff and teachers.
  • Expertise in monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, accountability to affected populations, including experience with both experimental and non-experimental designs and qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with and develop consensus among key stakeholders, including donors, beneficiaries, national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners to assure effective collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs, and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness.
  • Experience working with USAID highly prioritized.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA/MBA (15+) years of experience OR PhD (10 – 15) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

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