Chief of Party, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Chief of Party
Counterpart International, Inc.
Closing date: 10 Apr 2011
Location: Mauritania - Nouakchott
Counterpart seeks a Chief of Party to: (a) oversee and manage the implementation of a USAID-funded Title II food security MYAP and other donor-funded programs in the country; (b) oversee and manage expatriate staff, local staff and local NGO partners supported through donor programming; (c) oversee, manage and approve contractual agreements, donor reports, (including internal bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on programmatic activities), budgets, banking activities, programmatic and financial audits, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, etc.; (d) oversee commodity management, warehousing, and monetization activities; (e) liaise with U.S donor and host country officials; (f) coordinate program activates with the other donors in Mauritania; and (g) contribute to new program development, proposal designs, budgeting, etc.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Manage the implementation of all Counterpart programs including a: USAID-funded Mauritania MYAP and U.S. Department of State-funded refugee reintegration program.
* Ensure that the organizational infrastructure, personnel, fiduciary controls and other systems support the effective achievement Counterpart's mission and donor obligations and are in compliance with local laws, regulations and customs.
* Ensure that all field- and satellite-based office staff work collaboratively as a team to accomplish both project goals, objectives and deliverables and Counterpart's mission.
* Recruit, supervise, train and evaluate staff and consultants, as needed.
* Oversee all donor and Counterpart programmatic monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
* Coordinate technical assistance from headquarters.
* Ensure sound financial management of Counterpart Mauritania programs, including:
— Monitor and revise program budgets and contractual obligations to ensure that funds are used optimally and managed in compliance with both donor rules and regulations and Counterpart policies and procedures.
— Oversee financial recordkeeping and reporting to Counterpart headquarters and donors.
— Ensure that internal controls, auditing systems, etc. are in place and functioning to reflect operational transparency.
* Oversee the preparation and submission of reports for donors and Counterpart HQ, including monthly updates, PREPs, results reports, donor logistics and monetization and direct distribution reports, board updates, field assessments, etc.
* Liaise with host country officials, field-based donor officials and potential partners as needed with respect to project implementation.
* Ensure that appropriate security procedures are in place, maintained, updated and adhered to by Counterpart Mauritania staff.
* Maintain current knowledge of host government, local and international NGO, and donor issues, needs and opportunities in Mauritania.
* Support the development of new programs, as needed.
* Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, trainings, etc.
* Substantial technical, personnel and program implementation experience, including: management, planning, reporting, budget oversight, commodity management, staff development, etc.
* Proven track record in managing large scale USAID Title II projects, involving monetization and commodity management.
* At least 10 years experience in Sub-Saharan Africa in a senior management position.
* Previous experience working in USAID/USDA food security programs in West Africa.
* Track record implementing U.S. government-funded projects.
* Strong financial management skills, including preparing and managing budgets, banking activities, reporting, auditing, and contracts.
* Experience in developing and managing procurement and logistical procedures.
* Experience in program sustainability and capacity building, project monitoring and evaluation.
* Ability to write reports, guidelines, handbooks and manuals.
* Grasp of Mauritania's political, social, and economic issues, culture, environment and development setting are desirable.
* Advanced degree in agriculture, international development or related field.
* Strong spoken and written French and English.
* Solid analytical, writing and communications skills.
* Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills.
* Computer skills, including extensive experience using Microsoft Office applications.
Resumes and applications may be submitted for this position.
Reference Code: RW_8ETL29-6
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