Chief of Party, PTI Project


Organization Name: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Location: Cote Divoire
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 29-November-2019
Closing Date: 25-December-2019

Job Function: International

Department: Central & West Africa

Location: Cte d'Ivoire

Chief of Party, PTI Project:Cote d'Ivoire

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks to hire a Resident Chief of Party for a wide-ranging USAID-funded program (Political Transition and Inclusion - PTI) that encompasses work related to inter-party dialogue; promotion of political participation for women, youth, and marginalized individuals; political process observation; conflict analysis; support for civil society advocacy efforts; social cohesion; interfaith dialogue; and countering/preventing violent extremism (C/PVE), among other areas. The position also oversees Ivorian partner organizations working on communications and promotion of social entrepreneurship. NDI seeks a project director with solid management and leadership skills and experience in one or more of the above-mentioned areas of work, particularly social cohesion and C/PVE. She/he should have professional experience in West Africa and/or countries with political and/or post-conflict contexts similar to that of Cte d'Ivoire. Fluency in French and English is required. This position can accommodate dependents (spouse and minor children) and will be based in Abidjan, with frequent travel to other cities of the country to oversee or participate in program activities. Please note that donor approval is required to fill this position.


NDI has provided assistance to political parties and civil society in Cte d'Ivoire since 1993. NDI worked with civil society groups to conduct sample-based observation of a number of elections, including the country's first-ever parallel vote tabulation for the 2015 presidential election and most recently the October 2018 local elections. The Institute supported the deployment of civil society to monitor the respect of the political party code of conduct in areas at high risk of violence; NDI helped political parties develop this code in 2011 and update it with subsequent elections. The Institute has worked with civil society groups to promote dialogue among political parties at the national and local levels and helped political parties and civil society monitor local conflicts and employ best practices for resolving them. NDI has also provided expertise to facilitate advocacy efforts and implementation of citizen recommendations on issues such as youth and women's political participation and social cohesion

The current USAID-funded program, PTI, which began in July 2018 and continues through July 2022, draws on this experience as well as leverages the experience of more than a dozen international and national partners with a wide range of expertise and capacity, located and working both in Abidjan and across the country. In addition to political participation-focused activities, the program is building social cohesion in at-risk areas and promoting tolerance through intergroup dialogue and collaboration on mutually agreed initiatives. It promotes social inclusion for marginalized groups, including through promoting social entrepreneurship among young people. The goals of these activities include peaceful, inclusive, and credible elections, as well as strengthening vulnerable communities' resilience to violent extremism and other communitarian conflicts.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Oversee the implementation of all aspects of the PTI program and activity concepts, design, strategy, objectives, results and indicators
Provide technical assistance and develop learning materials, as needed, to ensure a high quality of training and enriching exchanges for beneficiaries
Develop programmatic strategies and activities for the program, as appropriate, based on changing political conditions and in response to needs articulated by partners and/or funders
Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations
Coordinate and liaise regularly with consortium partners, including leading regular coordination meetings
Identify national staffing and consultant assignments in support of initiatives under the USAID-funded program
Work with DC-based staff on the development of proposals and concept papers that expand the scope of the USAID-funded program
Lead and oversee the drafting of field-based program reports, work-plans and other written materials related to the USAID-funded program
Oversee reporting for the USAID-funded PTI program, ensuring that monitoring and evaluation data, activity reports, and monthly reports are submitted for review to the Resident Country Director and DC-based program staff in a timely manner with thorough and high-quality data
Provide regular updates to DC-based team and USAID on political/security situation and other program related matters
Consult regularly with Washington-based staff on program progress
Serve as main point of contact with USAID on program matters
Financial/Administrative/Personnel Management

In the Resident Country Director's absence, oversee program spending and manage the reconciliation of program expenses
Provide day-to-day management and oversight of program staff in accordance with office and personnel management systems
Oversee subgrant issuance process and monitoring of performance for multiple simultaneous subawards
Within the USAID-funded program, ensure adherence to both NDI and donor financial regulations, and respect of procedures that guarantee the integrity of all financial transactions
Directly supervise local staff and international consultants to ensure that USAID-funded program activities are completed as planned and financial and program-related transactions adhere to internal NDI and donor regulations
Act as a management focal point in the absence of the Resident Country Director
Liaise with NDI's DC-based program team and administrative departments to ensure all significant administrative issues are addressed and resolved and that all follow-up is performed as requested, as it applies to the USAID-funded program
In partnership with the Resident Country Director, ensure compliance with national laws, NDI and donor administrative and reporting requirements, as well as appropriate implementation of field office policies and handbook
Represent NDI and its program at public events and functions
Required Experience

Bachelor's degree or equivalent educational background; advanced degree in a field of study related to international development or management preferred
Minimum 14 years' experience working in political environments or international development; experience working with political parties, with civic activists, on social cohesion and/or on CVE initiatives strongly preferred
Six to eight years as Chief of Party or in a senior project leadership position (such as Component Manager or Deputy Chief of Party) demonstrating strategic planning, high-level liaising and partnership building with international donors' projects and host country government organizations
Experience in program design, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation
Proven ability to manage budgets and to lead and manage a multi-national staff effectively
Strong interpersonal, communication and networking skills, cultural sensitivity, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
Outstanding ability to effectively transfer skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor, and consultant
High degree of organization and attention to details
Ability to analyze political dynamics, and to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Ability to identify, define, and effectively and innovatively resolve problems or respond to opportunities
Ability and willingness to travel to locations which are often remote and difficult to reach
Proven dedication to the principles of universal human rights and democracy building
Knowledge of USAID processes and practices
Strong oral and written communication skills in English and French
Working knowledge of PC-based word processing, and familiarity with Google software and applications including Google Docs, calendars and gmail

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.

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