Chief of Party (COP)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Applications have closed

World Vision International

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) for the proposed USAID/Food For Peace -funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Malawi.

The Chief of Party (CoP) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities.

The CoP shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work collaboratively to support the various entities in Malawi.

• S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and engagement with stakeholders to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP is expected to have strong leadership qualities and management expertise.

• S/he also provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to Child wellbeing outcomes.


• Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.
• Ensure appropriate project quality support to consortium members through purpose leads.
• Oversee that bottlenecks and challenges to project impact are addressed at various levels of stakeholders using forums such as Technical Working Groups, donor/government led coordination meetings and meetings with consortium member project managers.
• In collaboration with partners’ Project Managers, design and facilitate regular project learning events with consortium partners and other key stakeholders, ensuring that lessons of sound practice are documented and disseminated through project implementation and review.
• Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.
• Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor funded projects.
• Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.
• Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
• Ensure grant/project budget is managed within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO IPG staff.
• Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.
• Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
• Perform other duties as required.


• A Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, Agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration, or related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and work history in developing countries.
• 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects.
• Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID Office or Food for Peace (FFP) policies, rules and regulations.
• Familiarity with USAID FFP Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) programs, as well as experience managing programmatic and financial reporting.
• Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.
• Proven ability to manage technical teams and to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
• S/he must understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming and within staff and management of the activity.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
• Experience working/living in countries in Africa. Familiarity with the Malawi context.
• Strong verbal communication skills, strong presentation and report writing skills.
• Ability to achieve results through partners.
• Experience of leading large and diverse teams.
• Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.
• Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required.
• Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
• Fluency in English.
• Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

• Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.
• Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged.
• Previous experience with Development Food Assistance Programs (DFAP)s, Multi Year Assistance Programs (MYAP)s, and/or Development Assistance Programs (DAP)s is preferred.
• Demonstrated experience in developing and managing alliances with the private sector is desirable.
• Familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality in project sectors is required, as demonstrated by at least two years of senior-level experience working on projects that addressed gender-related constraints.

Work Environment/Travel:

• Mandatory travels to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.
• Travel to the United States WVUS Washington DC Office to meet with donors and other stakeholders.

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