Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.
Counterpart International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Operations Manager (DCOP) for a 4-year, $12.5 million Northern Mali Development program in Mali. The program aims to support the consolidation of peace, reconciliation and development in northern Mali and ultimately increase citizens’ confidence in Government. By responding to community needs through tangible development investments, the NOMADE program seeks to measurably increase the legitimacy of both local and central Malian governments through meaningful civic engagement. The DCOP will support the Chief of Party and be responsible for all operations including administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, property, and database oversight. S/he will ensure that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the contract. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities. S/he will supervise the recipient’s day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting. The DCOP will supervise the daily financial operations of the contract, which include cash flow management, time sheet recording, reporting to USAID on the financial aspects of the project, and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures. S/he will ensure continuous liquidity for the project, handle all human resource issues, supervise the day-to-day implementation of all grants made under the program and investigate as well as identify new ways of achieving project efficiencies. The DCOP must be able to travel to Northern Mali, security permitting.
- A minimum of 10 years professional experience in international development with 6 or more years of senior management experience, preferably in West Africa.
- Deputy Chief of Party or Senior Manager experience.
- Previous experience working on rapid transition programs in insecure environments.
- Master’s Degree in Management, Political Science, International Development or a relevant field of study.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID development approaches, techniques and a deep understanding of community-level civic engagement applicable to the project.
- In-depth understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
- Experience managing complex USAID programs with sub-grants is highly desired.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in monitoring grantee worthiness, procurement processes and financial management.
- Prior experience designing, implementing, managing, monitoring, evaluating, and closing small grants.
- Experience in managing the daily financial operations of a contract as well as reporting to USAID.
- Demonstrated knowledge of civil society, civic engagement, gender and youth.
- Strong communications and interpersonal skills, to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
- Knowledge of French is strongly preferred
Counterpart is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.