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- Chief of Party - Development Food Aid Program, UK

Chief of Party - Development Food Aid Program

World Vision

North Yorkshire


World Vision (WV) is one of the largest implementing partners to the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) and currently implements multi-sectoral food security programmes in approximately 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. The total value of its food security portfolio has averaged over $200 million in recent years. Individual grants are typically $25 to $80 million in value over a period of 3 to 5 years, although one year emergency programmes are possible and some grants have exceeded $100 million.

WV is developing a grant application for a 5-year, multi-million Development Food Aid Programme (formerly Multi-Year Assistance Programme or “MYAP”) in Zimbabwe. The potential funding for such grants in-country is $30 million annually for five years. As such WV is soliciting applications from experienced candidates to serve as Chief of Party for this programme. The programme is likely to be focused on food security, nutrition, and agriculture and livelihoods interventions in several provinces of Zimbabwe.


The Chief of Party (COP) will work with WV’s existing national office in Zimbabwe, but will be solely responsible for overall management of this particular 5-year Development Food Aid Programme. S/he will have principal responsibility for representing the programme within Zimbabwe to the United States Government (USG) and other stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for the activities and all long-term and short-term personnel under this grant. The COP shall have a keen understanding of the unique political in-country dynamics and will work carefully and collaboratively with the various political entities. The COP should have a holistic understanding of international development, including FFP priorities and emerging trends and should embrace the shared USG/WV vision for the project and effectively manage available financial and human resources to make that vision a reality.

Charged with leading a professional team in the accomplishment of the programme strategic objectives and intermediate results, in a complex implementation context. S/he must have a broad vision/strategy linked with a sound ability to get things done amid the constraints of the Zimbabwean context.
Direct and oversee the programme, ensuring that all programme strategic objectives are met through proper detailed component planning, staffing, and results-driven implementation.
Responsible for ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the programme under his/her supervision.
Will head a management structure that represents the programme to local USAID Mission and other in-country Cooperating Sponsors, international and national programme/consortium partners, and the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and its relevant line ministries, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders.
Will have ultimate responsibility for a large staff spread across the country. S/he will have direct supervision over project key personnel. The COP is responsible for all technical and administrative aspects of the project, including commodity and financial management.
Establish leadership and personal credibility and implement and maintain clearly understood chain of authority and accountability.
Responsible for ensuring that the programme is implemented according to its design, quality standards, and schedule.
Coordinate with other WV and/or USAID-funded in-country programmes and partners to ensure enhanced integration and synergies.
Organise and direct the work of programme staff and short-term advisors. Provide supervision, training and performance appraisals.
Responsible for overall commodity management of the programme, including monetisation.
Evaluate programme performance and determine management plan needed to improve goal achievement by participating and conducting agricultural and health surveys, operations research studies, and rapid appraisals.
Establish and maintain effective project communication systems and knowledge management, including reporting, assessment, and evaluation. Submit to WVUS timely, accurate, and professional programme reports, including lessons learned and best practices, which meet donor requirements and WV standards.
Develop and maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with WV policies, donor requirements (such as A-110, A-122, A-133, 22 CFR 211, etc.) and local laws. Ensure and invest in proper technical capacity of the programme staff to manage complex USG funded projects.
Coordinate and oversee hiring process for programme management level staff.
Manage programme budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and WVUS IPG headquarters staff.
Ensure programme expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure clean A-133 audits.
Oversee property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.
Represent the programme to USAID, GoZ, UN and other appropriate bodies.
Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned, including administrative and planning functions.
Identify opportunities for synergy and ensure integration across programme sectors, with other World Vision Zimbabwe programmes and/or with other service providers to maximise impact for beneficiary households and communities.
Ensure strong integration of gender, do no harm, and accountability to communities (as defined by the World Vision Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), including greater participation of community stakeholders across all sectors, regular communication to communities, and systematic collection of feedback.


Master's degree in Agriculture, Health, Nutrition, Business or another field directly related to the programme summary above preferred.
A minimum of five years of overseas international management experience, preferably in administering USAID and/or Food for Peace programmes with at least two years experience overseeing USG food aid programmes (Title II or USDA); or a Bachelor's degree with commensurate work experience and knowledge.
Ideal candidates would have an additional expertise (two years or more) in one or more of the following areas: Zimbabwe’s food security programming, grants/compliance, food commodities/logistics, disaster risk management, and/or gender.
Experience as a COP or senior leader/expert advisor.
Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams is necessary.
Knowledge of and familiarity with U.S. Government international assistance programme requirements, preferably USAID and/or other bilateral funding agencies is a must.
Proven ability in the management of large integrated programmes in developing countries.
Familiarity with USG programmes, mastery of USAID regulations governing such programmes.
Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
Demonstrated accomplishment in collaboration with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
Leadership of large and diverse teams.
Diplomacy, strong presentation skills, speaking and writing.
The successful candidate will have exceptionally strong skills in financial and personnel management.

The COP should have the ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals
Special Requirements:
This job will require a criminal background check.
Additional Information:
The job is contingent upon WV earning the award.

Job posted on 12 February 2018.

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