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Chief of Party - Sudan program




Counterpart International

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Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

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Counterpart International is recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for a 2-year $12 million program in the Republic of Sudan that aims to broaden the base and capacity of civil society actors and networks, increase civic engagement, and promote peace and democratic governance. Technical assistance will target women and youth, promote access to information, facilitate consensus building, help mitigate conflict, and build bridges between civil society, government and the private sector. The COP will represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national government authorities, local CSOs, and other external stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for management and financial oversight of the program, as well as coordination of program activities. This position will be based initially in Nairobi with travel to other countries within the region.  The position is expected to re-locate to Khartoum at the time Counterpart receives Government of Sudan authorization to operate in-country.  This could occur by summer 2013.  (Please note Nairobi is an accompanied post.  Khartoum is not.)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Through close collaboration with Counterpart International’s headquarters Government and Civil Society Strengthening management team, the COP will:

  • Provide vision, strategic, operational and administrative leadership essential for effective program implementation and donor/partner relations.
  • Ensure the project meets programmatic, pace and burn requirements per the approved work plan, PMEP and budget, in compliance with organizational policies and donor rules and regulations.
  • Oversee design and management of the procurement process and competitive selection of Sudanese partners, consultants and service providers.
  • Oversee an integrated package of capacity building, organizational development, grant-making, technical assistance, training, and study tours/fellowships for Sudanese partner organizations.
  • Guide and ensure the highest quality of program delivery, including HQ/field office coordination, recruitment/hiring, prime/sub management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and communications.
  • Recruit, train and supervise senior administrative and programmatic staff, ensuring clear scopes, reporting lines, delegations of authority, and sense of team.
  • Implement continuous staff mentoring and professional development, with emphasis on building national staff capacity.
  • Provide oversight and executive support to the lead staff fielded by Counterpart’s primary implementation partner (sub).
  • Ensure that appropriate administrative, financial and logistical procedures are established and maintained in accordance with Counterpart guidelines and policies.
  • Represent Counterpart externally with USAID, other donors, local partners, government representatives and citizens.
  • Serve as the principal field liaison with USAID, responsible for briefing program results, and cultivating and maintaining a positive and proactive relationship with the Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and other key donor staff, as appropriate.
  • Assume financial accountability for the project and assure adherence to all applicable USG regulations and Counterpart compliance standards/procedures.


  • A minimum of 8 to 10 years of professional experience in international development with demonstrable executive or upper senior management experience. Prior experience working on complex civil society, governance or capacity building programs highly desirable.  Experience working in Sudan desirable but not required.  Experience leading/managing remote operations desirable.  Experience leading/managing programs with prime-sub partnerships desirable.
  • Demonstrated track record of strong performance as a Chief of Party (preferred), Deputy Chief of Party, or in equivalent executive management.
  • Master’s Degree in Management, Political Science, International Development or a relevant field of study, or equivalent years of work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID development approaches, techniques and a deep understanding of democracy and governance approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Experience overseeing/managing USAID programs with sub-grants highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and capabilities in a combination of the following areas desirable: civil society capacity development, civic engagement, good governance and community development, peace-building/conflict mitigation, and gender and youth.
  • Strong representation and communications skills.
  • Track record of outstanding team management and mentoring.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.  Knowledge of Arabic preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to secure a visa/work permit for Kenya/Sudan.

Please apply online at No calls or emails please.

Counterpart is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and the physically challenged are encouraged to apply.