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Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Early Reading and Literacy Project in Dominican Republic
This posting is in anticipation of a USAID project which aims to support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to improve the access and quality of inclusive basic education for students. The Education Specialist will be based in Dominican Republic. Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will co-lead activities under the USAID Early Reading and Literacy Project in Dominican Republic.
The DCOP will aid in setting the technical direction of the literacy project, monitor its implementation, and maintain strong NGO, private sector, and government relationships and networks. The DCOP will have an understanding of USAID program requirements, from hands-on financial and contractual management and work plan development to performance monitoring and subcontractor and grants administration. The DCOP will serve as Acting COP when the COP is not available.
The position requires an advanced degree and seven years management experience with implementing USAID or similar activities. This position reports to the COP and oversees some field staff. The ideal DCOP will be a local hire, based in Dominican Republic.
Essential / Primary Functions
The DCOP will Co-lead
- Co-lead the development of key deliverables such as the Work Plan and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) Project Monitoring Plan (PMP) through the exchange of ideas, strategies and collection of inputs through meetings and work sessions with the implementing partners and key actors, where the project strategy and the expected results for each component will be reinforced.
- Work closely with the COP to provide technical and administrative oversight and high-quality project deliverables: field operations, administration, logistics and procurement, and technical aspects.
- Manage, in coordination with the COP, relationships and work with implementing partner organizations and key stakeholders, including, but not limited to, USAID, Ministry of Education, Secretaries of Education, and other local organizations.
- Support the development, design and implementation of interventions in target areas, including the management of implementing partners and stakeholders, recurrence and selection of consultants, programming and mobilization, field implementation, among others.
- Create drafts, make edits and make substantial contributions to key project documents, including but not limited to weekly reports, quarterly and/or annual progress reports, presentations, work plans, documents, studies and other related tasks around Monitoring, Assessment and Learning (MEL).
- Coordinate events, technical forums, conferences and round tables in alliance with implementing partners.
- Guarantee and supervise the development of deliverables for the Government of Dominican Republic and ensure compliance with any government requirement with the support of the COP, the operations team and the headquarters staff.
- Represent the project and POA in meetings with key stakeholders, as requested by the COP.
- Work with the COP and the Director of Finance and Administration to monitor project funds and field expenditures to eliminate risk and excesses of the Project and compliance with US government regulations.
- Facilitate knowledge management, communications and information flow for the project and collaborate with the monitoring of project activities to ensure quality of field interventions.
- Ensure compliance in submitting reports to USAID, POA and interested parties in a timely manner stipulated in the Cooperation Agreement between USAID and POA.
- Provide quality assurance of programmatic work and support the organizational development of lead partners that adapt quickly to changing environments.
- Directly supervise Administration and Finance and Monitoring and Evaluation staff, promoting the professional development of all staff.
- Contribute directly to the institutional strengthening of project partners and key actors in the Government of DR.
- Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project, such as education, public policy, international development.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreement and contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, and overseeing the development of required reports to donor agencies).
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including budget and personnel management, motivating and supervising team efforts, solid performance management, including program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, and achieving success in complex activities;
- Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of education systems, state and local government operations, and the ability to work with subnational institutions to develop and implement project activities;
- Experience working with vulnerable populations;
- Experience managing USAID projects in complex, sensitive environments, and knowledge of USAID programming rules and regulations;
- Maintains working relationships with all project stakeholders and engages in coalition-building and public-private partnership promotion;
- Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
- Fluency in English and Spanish (Written and oral).
Please submit your application by August 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, only viable candidates will be contacted. Interested professionals, please send your resume to [email protected]. Please identify your subject line with the title “DCOP- USAID DR”.
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