Nigeria - Chief of Party CHANGE
Conflict Halt & Negation of Growing Extremism
Communities in Transition Division


Start Date: Anticipated in early 2012


 Background 
 
 

Creative Associates International is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 20 plus countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

 
 
 Position Summary 
 
 

The purpose of this activity is to put in place a cross-cutting project that will promote a broader collaboration between government, religious figures and civil society to reduce sources of ethnic and religious outbreaks throughout Nigeria. The Chief of Party will oversee this program in Nigeria and will be the technical and administrative supervisor of all project activities. S/he will be the senior in-country project representative and will have overall responsibility for coordinating program activities at the highest levels among a diverse group of local stakeholders and beneficiaries. This includes liaising with government officials, USAID personnel, and civil society and religious leaders as well as supervising partnering organizations and sub-grantees. The COP helps ensure timely project implementation, monitoring of activities, and management of project staff and subsidiaries. The COP has ultimate responsibility for project financial accountability and reporting to USAID and Creative Associates home office.

 
 
 Reporting & Supervision 
 
 

The Chief of Party reports to Creative’s HQ Program Director.

 
 
 Primary Responsibilities 
 
 

  • Is responsible for overall technical and financial performance of the project;
  • Manages/leads in-country staff to ensure that the project is achieving all deliverables;
  • Ensures that technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to USAID and Creative's policies and procedures;
  • Manages subcontractors to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;
  • Through weekly communication, maintains and nurtures Creative's relationship with USAID;
  • Successfully manages the project's relationship with local governments/ministries and other stakeholders;
  • Oversees creation and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Engages in frequent, routine communication with the Home Office so that the Project Director is aware of both progress and potential issues. Solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that the project's performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements.

 
 
 Required Skills & Qualifications 
 
 

  • Minimum of a Master's degree in conflict mitigation, peacebuilding, social services, political science, international development, or a related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working with conflict mitigation/peacebuilding and civil society development, such as NGO development, service delivery improvement, advocacy, conflict mitigation, and local governance strengthening;
  • Demonstrated work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience in facilitating multi-sectorial collaboration among different technical fields and various type of stakeholders (NGOs, religious leaders, private sector, government, communities, youth groups, and international donors);
  • Knowledge of Nigerian culture, politics, and economic contexts;
  • Familiarity with USAID policies and procedures;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

 
 
 Application Instructions 
 
 

To apply for this position, please complete and submit our simple on-line form, where you can upload your résumé and other documents.

 

Only if you are unable to submit online, may you send your résumé and cover letter by e-mail to RMS@CreativeDC.com with "Nigeria - Chief of Party CHANGE CODE:PRP48703" on the subject line. Please note only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please. Creative is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/AA).

 

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