EnCompass seeks Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) program in Ghana. This anticipated project will provide expert MEL services for USAID/Ghana, deliver high quality, demand-driven monitoring and evaluation technical assistance and analytical services to USAID/Ghana staff, implementing partners, and local country stakeholders that advance U.S. foreign policy goals and USAID’s strategic objectives in Ghana.
In addition to providing overall leadership, management, and technical direction, the COP will have experience working in performance management, organizational development, strategic decision-making, quality control, and project learning, preferably in the USAID context and with Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) practices.
The COP will bring experience facilitating learning and building relationships with a variety of project stakeholders, including USAID, Government of Ghana, academic institutions, private sector organizations and civil society organizations. The COP will have high political acumen and strong leadership and management skills, with experience leading multi-cultural teams and a variety of work streams simultaneously. They must be an inclusive leader, who can navigate change with flexibility and emotional resilience. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience achieving results, with strong strategic vision and an understanding of systems approaches to programming. They will understand how to foster a culture of continuous improvement and learning and will maintain high self-awareness and personal improvement skills.
Essential functions include:
- Provide technical, operational, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the project, ensuring activities and deliverables are executed with quality and within time and budget requirements.
- Provide leadership in performance and impact evaluations, sector assessments, baseline assessment, evaluation design and methodology, research and analysis, performance monitoring and evaluation capacity building, and collaborating, learning, and adapting.
- Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships USAID Ghana’s Program Office, Mission technical offices, staff and management from other USAID implementing partner-operated activities, representatives of the Government of Ghana and other international donor stakeholders; serve as the primary point of contact for USAID and as the principal liaison with USAID staff, institutions, and implementing partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships.
- Mentor, support, and supervise project staff and directly manage consultants, and as appropriate subcontracting partners, providing technical guidance and direction for staff and consultants and facilitating collaborative and open exchanges; provide backstopping of positions and deliverables when required.
- Facilitate the development of quarterly and annual activity work plans and budgets and ensure the timely submission and quality of all activity reports, materials, and publications, compliant with the contract agreement; ensuring documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.
- Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening in support of the journey to self-reliance.
- Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with EnCompass’ standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and local policies and laws.
- Other duties as assigned
A Master’s degree in International Relations, International Development, or related field.
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or organizational capacity building. Former supervisory experience is required.
- Minimum of ten (8) years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing large, comprehensive contracts of similar nature, size and complexity, preferably in Ghana or West Africa.
Experience and Skills
Prior experience as a senior leader or COP working on complex USAID-funded projects, as well as managing sizeable USG-funded contracts and budgets strongly preferred
- Demonstrated experience in evaluation methodology, statistical analysis, experimental design, and/or data collection and analysis.
- Experience managing complex relationships with a variety of stakeholders and ability to work with host-country governments at different levels required
- Strong familiarity with USAID collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) practices
- Familiarity with USAID/Ghana Mission is preferred
- Excellent communication, both verbal and written English skills
- Citizens of Ghana are strongly encouraged to apply
- Demonstrated experience in performance monitoring, strategic planning, project design and implementation, evaluation, tracking data quality, data management, and/or training in performance management topics.