FHI 360 is seeking an experienced Chief of Party (COP) to lead and manage the Backbone Support and Learning Contract. As a coordination, collaboration and learning platform, the Backbone Support and Learning program will contribute to all aspects of the RISE II results framework. In addition, it will make a central contribution to the RISE II transformative outcome of “Enhanced capacity to learn and adapt among beneficiaries, local partners and partner governments.” This position is contingent upon contract award. The expected period of performance is an estimated 5 years (duration of the program). This position will be based in West Africa (Niger or Burkina Faso).
The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for providing overall technical and programmatic leadership of an upcoming project in Niger and Burkina Faso, ensuring coordination, collaboration and learning among RISE II activities. S/he will oversee the testing and expansion of proven resilience-enhancing technologies and innovations. S/he will oversee the development and testing of new models that integrate humanitarian and development assistance and promote resilience and growth. The COP will promote ownership capacity-building of national and regional institutions, and coordinate humanitarian and development interventions in the zone of intervention. S/he will oversee a knowledge management database for the monitoring and sharing of data and learning. The COP will ensure that cross-cutting issues such as gender and social inclusion are integrated throughout the project.
The COP will provide overall leadership and technical direction to promote innovative, adaptive management for this development project; coordinating partner roles and setting performance expectations; ensuring program deliverables and milestones are met. The COP is expected to coordinate with government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing learning and evaluation initiatives. The position will be based in either Niger or Burkina Faso. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.