FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Chief of Party, Kosovo Youth Activity.
FHI 360 seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID Kosovo Youth Activity. The project will aim to bolster youth’s economic and civic engagement opportunities; build outreach and accountability skills of youth vulnerable to social exclusion and socio-economic inequalities and empower them to affect positive change in their communities.
Citizens of Kosovo or residents with work authorization are encouraged to apply. This position is contingent upon funding.
The Chief of Party (COP) will be the primary point of contact with USAID with regards to day‐to‐day activity implementation and management matters relating to the project. The COP will oversee field staff and will report to the FHI 360 Deputy Regional Director with technical oversight from a Technical Director in Washington, DC. The COP will have overall responsibility for success of the project and ensuring that all assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all field staff, long‐term staff, short‐term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐partners, as proposed. Other responsibilities will include:
- Serve as principle liaison with USAID, other donors, key government officials, and international and local organizations, representing FHI 360 and the project with integrity and effective communications.
- Provide technical and strategic leadership to the project and team, applying good management techniques that establish a positive culture and bring a participatory ethos to the work.
- Oversee the delivery of project deliverables, including annual workplans, reports, and strategy documents; ensure deliverables occur on time and are implemented within budget.
- Ensure contractual compliance, including through coordination and cooperation with FHI 360 technical and oversight departments.
- Supervise, manage, and mentor project staff, including accountability for hiring a diverse team with compliant skills for positions.
- Represent FHI 360 publicly, including at workshops, events, and in forums.
- Develop and oversee partnerships with appropriate national and local stakeholders, including government, private sector, and civil society actors.
- Apply a positive youth development (PYD) approach to working with youth; ensure that all project stakeholders apply this same approach.
- Keep track of innovations within the field of youth engagement and development programming and apply innovations to project implementation.
- Oversee project staff and overall strategies related to project budgeting and financial management; monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL); gender and social inclusion (GESI); and communications.
- Lead the project’s senior management team.
- Other duties as assigned.
- 5+ years of line management experience
- Bachelor's Degree (Advanced degree preferred) in international development, political science, business, or a related field.
- Minimum 10 years of professional experience leading international development projects, particularly in youth development, democracy and governance, workforce development and/or livelihoods, with preference given to experience in Kosovo or the Balkans.
- Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Experience strengthening youth inclusion and participation.
- Experience recruiting, forming, and successfully managing teams and ensuring the quality of their products.
- Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Kosovo preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in English required; language skills in Kosovo Albanian highly preferred.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.
Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.
FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.
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