Lead a team in multiple locations within Burkina Faso to implement CRS/Burkina Faso's USDA McGovern Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project (2019-2022), called Beoog Biiga (Phase 3). This post is responsible for overall project leadership including expat and national staff of approximately 60 persons with six direct reports. He/She will serve as representative of the project at the country level and at the international level with the donor or other fora. S/he will oversee reporting and collaboration with the operations department and work closely with the Project Support Officer at Headquarters.
The Chief of Party will provide the vision and overall leadership to the program team in implementing this project. S/he will be responsible for overseeing the overall management of the project including the quality of programmatic implementation, including monitoring, evaluation and learning, and administrative elements of the project, including the coordination with implementing partner -- Caritas OCADES, and high-level monitoring of the budget. S/he will also serve as the primary point of contact with US Department of Agriculture in Dakar and Washington, DC, as well as any other public, private and non-government stakeholders. He/she is responsible for ensuring compliance with USDA grants including oversight of partner budgets, finance and administration, and reporting to USDA. The Chief of Party is responsible for ensuring that project results are achieved on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability; and that the budget is consumed as planned.
The Chief of Party will be a senior leader from the development sector responsible for leading all aspects of the implementation and consolidation of the Beoog Biiga project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry and positions CRS as a leading agency in the Education field. This person will also work to collaborate strongly with the country program's recently won USDA Local and Regional Procurement project (2019 -- 2022) which is working with 171 schools on the local purchase of commodities for school feeding. The Chief of Party is also responsible for leveraging this position for future growth within this sector for the agency.
The candidate will operate within the organizational structure of CRS while coordinating the roles and activities of implementing partners such as Caritas OCADES and national and local Ministry of Education departments in the implementation of the program interventions. The successful candidate will also be responsible for representing the Beoog Biiga 3 project, to major stakeholders, especially USDA and the Burkina Faso Ministry of Education.