Deputy Chief of Party

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Deputy Chief of Party

  • Post Date:April 1, 2021
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  • Career Level Executive
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Experience 10-15 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Job ID: 2021-1603
# of Openings: 1
Category: Program/Project

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Programs – Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Pact seeks an experienced Deputy Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID/Zimbabwe Citizen Engagement for Accountability Activity. The activity aims to strengthen a culture of political and civic engagement in Zimbabwe by promoting greater and more effective citizen participation in governance processes at multiple levels with an eye to improved, citizen-driven development. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity. This position is contingent upon award. 

Key Responsibilities

  • The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will oversee program implementation, operations and logistics for all components of the program including rapid roll-out; supervision of day-to-day implementation of activities; and working with the Chief of Party (COP) to manage project staff, subgrantees, and consultants.  
  • Serve as the project’s senior technical expert for civil society capacity development, working directly with consortium members, subgrantees, and other stakeholders to realize the project’s objectives in this area. 
  • Work closely with the MERL Manager to ensure that all project deliverables are met and delivered in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • In coordination with the COP, the DCOP will serve as a Pact liaison to USAID and partners in the field, including government officials and community leaders, particularly on administrative and logistical matters. 
  • Lead partnership coordination, including coordinating with project consortium members, USAID, and other relevant stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. 
  • Support the COP in carrying out highly adaptive and politically-smart program interventions that are based on continuous learning and feedback from key project stakeholders. 

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in social sciences, political science, international development, or another relevant field. 
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in international development. 
  • At least five (5) years of experience as a DCOP or in a comparable managerial position on international donor projects. 
  • Demonstrable experience in building the capacity of civil society organizations to be more effective and transparent. 
  • Strong knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Zimbabwe. 
  • Experience working on teams for USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements. 
  • Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies. 
  • Track record of effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and work with and between different stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated ability to implement highly adaptive and contextually aware program interventions.  
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and consensus building.  
  • Fluency in English and at least one other local language. 
  • Ability to travel within Zimbabwe internationally when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 diminish. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and youth-focused interventions.  
  • Zimbabwean nationals are encouraged to apply.