Chief of Party – McGovern Dole Food for Education & Child Nutrition Program

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Nascent Solutions

Partnering with the poor

Nascent Solutions (Nascent) is seeking a qualified Chief of Party (CoP) to lead the implementation of an anticipated award under the 2019 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) project in Central and Southern Malawi. The five-year program is designed to improve the literacy of school-age children through improved literacy instruction, student attentiveness, and student attendance, to increase the use of positive health and dietary practices and support maternal and child nutrition (MCN).

Based in Lilongwe, the CoP will provide overall strategic direction on the project including establishing and maintaining systems for project operations; coordinating and maintaining working relationships with government partners and other stakeholders and overseeing the technical and financial reporting to US Department of Agriculture.

Based in Washington, DC, Nascent is an African women-led international development organization founded in 2004 with the mission of harnessing the creative entrepreneurial skills of target beneficiaries and strengthening their capacity to champion the development agenda of their communities. In the last 14 years Nascent has mobilized resources and implemented programs in food security, nutrition, education as well as maternal and child health, which impacted the lives of over 5 million people in Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.

To apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to with “Chief of Party Malawi” in the email subject line. Closing date for applications is April 20, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

*Note: This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as the primary point of contact with USG Malawi agencies and GoM with regard to day-to-day implementation and management of the program;
Ensure the smooth functioning and coordination of all project functions; program development and implementation, project finances and administration, outreach and reporting, monitoring and evaluation;
Ensure the technical quality and appropriateness of the technical services provided through the project and the quality of the results generated;
Provide technical and management oversight on project personnel and be the representative to relevant donor, line ministries, other donors and multinationals, technical agencies and other participating organizations as required;
Ensure compliance with USG/USDA regulations, and procedures, including compliance with Nascent Solutions guidelines;
Ensure that all assistance provided under the contract, whether by international or local experts/personnel, is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed; and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all experts/personnel provided under the agreement;
Oversee the preparation and presentation of proposed implementation plans, progress reports and other required donor deliverables.

Required Skills and Qualifications

Master’s Degree in International Development and/ or related field;
10+ years of experience successfully managing complex USG programs including or other international donors, including a minimum of five (5) years work experience as Chief of Party (CoP)/Country Director;
Demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate and collaborate with host governments, local communities, donors, other USDA projects, local organizations and partners at all levels;
Proven ability to successfully manage and groom staff as part of a multi-disciplinary team as demonstrated by past experience;
Ability to manage cooperative agreements, contracts and grant making programs with all required reporting requirements;
Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day to day operations of the project;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to communicate (in English) effectively in writing and orally in small and large audience settings;
In-country experience in Malawi or the region is highly desirable.

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