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Chief of Party - Malawi Agricultural Commercialization

Published on 13.07.2021

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Position : Chief of Party - Malawi Agricultural Commercialization

Job Description

Chief of Party

USAID Agricultural Commercialization through Growth Poles Opportunity

USAID Malawi expects to release a 5-year, Agricultural Commercialization through Growth Poles Activity which aims to assist Malawi in marketing it agricultural production national, regionally and internationally. Major value chains to consider include tea, groundnuts and horticultural production.

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for providing overall management and direction to the Activity and will supervise all key personnel. The COP holds the primary responsibility for overall performance and compliance.

The COP and project team will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi, and the position is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.

Responsibilities Include

  • Responsible for the Activity’s overall performance and compliance. Responsible for meeting contractual obligations, producing deliverables and targets, meeting objectives, and achieving results as specified by USAID, in full compliance with Abt policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Oversee and lead the activity team in program implementation, performance management, monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL), reporting, deliverable submissions, strategic communication, and partner/subcontractor coordination.
  • Lead annual work plan development process and supervise the project’s technical assistance team to ensure a focus on core results, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation.
  • Assume final authority for technical, management, resource, and personnel decisions.
  • Lead integration of collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA), knowledge management, and advocacy strategies into the activity.
  • Serve as key liaison with USAID, government counterparts, and local partners/stakeholders, and as principle representative of the activity.
  • Monitor the progress and pace of implementation, ensuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high-quality work and internal control.
  • Clarify roles, delegate responsibilities to senior staff, and communicate expectations for work and contribution to project activities.
  • Direct the activities of the Abt Security Focal Points and/or Country Risk Manager and collaborate with the Global Security Office in the implementation and application of the Global Security Policy.
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Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience implementing agricultural trade projects preferably focusing on the value chains listed above.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in building, managing, and supervising a team in agricultural trade preferably on programs of similar size.
  • Prior experience managing an activity of similar size and complexity, preferably as Chief of Party for USAID, required.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with government agencies, inter-governmental or government representatives, private sector and industry leaders, civil society counterparts, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing inclusivity objectives in agriculture and trade (e.g., gender equality and social inclusion).
  • Sub-Saharan Africa work experience required; Malawi experience preferred.
  • Understanding of and/or skills in CLA and/or using adaptive management techniques is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Ten years of relevant experience, or PhD+ Eight years of relevant 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. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

Job criteria for job ad : Chief of Party - Malawi Agricultural Commercialization
Job category :
Management
Production, maintenance, quality
Industries :
Services other
Social, public and human services
Temporary work, recruitment
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
Blantyre - Central - Lilongwe - Mzuzu - Northern - Southern
Experience level :
More than 10 years
Educational level :
Bachelor
Number of Position(s) : 6

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