CHIEF OF PARTY – Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

Founded more than 75 years ago, Plan has global presence in 68 countries and is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. Plan works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized, through high-quality programs that deliver long-lasting benefits. Plan prides itself on working in partnership with others and operating effectively. Plan is an independent organization with no religious, political, or governmental affiliations and is an equal opportunity employer. 


Plan has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1986 and has active programming in child protection and child rights, education, food security, environment, and health sectors, including HIV/AIDS. This project aims to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Zimbabwe’s children by enhancing the sustainability of care and support services for OVCs through strengthening local capacity of development stakeholders.


Serving as the key liaison with USAID, the COP is responsible and has authority and oversight for the entire program ensuring that it is of high quality and impacts in the agreed areas, and, that it is compliant with donor and Plan requirements, in particular the provisions of our Child Protection standards. The COP provides managerial and technical support throughout the implementation of the project, including management of key personnel and sub-grantees and ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and ensuring achievement of project requirements.


Successful candidates will:

Be educated to post graduate level in a Social Science degree or similar. You will be committed to bringing about change using a rights-based approach and will have  significant program management and supervisory experience in the health and development fields. You will have proven senior-level management experience in designing, implementing, and managing large, complex child welfare, HIV/AIDS, and/or systems strengthening projects and significant experience managing USAID- or other donor-funded programs at the level of Chief of Party .  Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to, USAID 22 CFR Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits is strongly preferred.

Demonstrated knowledge of the Zimbabwe Child Welfare System will be an advantage


You will be able to demonstrate that you are a highly skilled leader, able to integrate teams of professionals around common goals as well as demonstrated ability in working with host-country ministries and with donor colleagues in country; ableto implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems. You will be used to working in an environment that expects you  to respond at short notice,  planning and executing several activities at once. You will be an excellent communicator, able to bring parties together and articulate project strategy and plans to program partners


You are a person strives for high performance across the team, a strategic thinker who can creatively find solutions through innovation. You will be highly persuasive and yet demonstrate the humility that results in the development of capacity of those around you as you deliver on time to program goals


The five year post funded by USAID will be based in Harare in a typical office environment with extensive travel in domestic project areas


Appointment will be subject to a successful bid


CLOSING DATE 15th June 2012

PANEL DATES for short-listed candidates 27th-29th June 2012



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