Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (CoP) for an anticipated five-year USDA-funded McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) Project in Madagascar. The McGovern-Dole program feeds schoolchildren, reduces hunger, enhances food security, and improves literacy (especially for girls) in low-income, food-deficit countries around the world. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related education and nutrition support, McGovern-Dole helps boost school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results. McGovern-Dole also provides support to maternal and child nutrition (MCN). The estimated implementation timeframe for the McGovern Dole project in Madagascar is 2020-2025.
Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USDA approval of the candidate.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The senior leadership position, CoP, will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. S/he will also provide technical assistance on food security, hunger reduction, literacy improvement, primary education and community participation. S/he will collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The CoP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USDA and Save the Children’s regulations.
- Ensure achievements of the project objectives, as contained in project proposal and guidance; developing strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the grant implementation in line with USDA guidelines;
- Ensure high quality technical leadership and oversight is in place for the program;
- Ensure that program team, and consortium partners are familiar with program design and targets agreed to in the performance framework;
- Lead team in ensuring proper coordination among local government, country-wide initiatives, community partners, NGOs and other key stakeholders;
- Ensure that relevant technical materials are made available and that appropriate dissemination takes place;
- Ensure good practice by supporting the development of strong M&E mechanisms;
- Ensure program monitoring tools and systems are in place to support high quality implementation by partners;
- Ensure compliance with USDA regulations, and procedures, including compliance with Save the Children guidelines;
- Ensure compliance with all relevant administrative, human resources, procurement and financial policies and procedures of Save the Children and the donor;
- Represent Save the Children as the prime with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USDA, Ministry of Education, Agriculture and Health, and the Madagascar Country Team;
- Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Health in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities;
- Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT), contributing to country strategic plans;
- Establish, build, and nurture effective teamwork within the McGovern Dole project team and ensure a cohesive workplace environment for optimum staff retention and motivation;
- Supervise team and provide necessary guidance to ensure that program targets are met;
- Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles;
- Closely monitor security dynamics in the project areas and report to the CD on significant changes in the security context.
- A Master’s degree in a relevant field (education, agriculture, nutrition, international relations, business administration, etc.) combined with at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience leading and implementing USDA or other donor-funded international development programs.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff, as well as experience managing programmatic and financial reporting and project start-up.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in French and English.
- Minimum of 10+ years technical expertise in food and nutrition security, school feeding and education programming and knowledge of USDA, specifically, McGovern-Dole Food for Education programming priorities.
- Proven ability to lead multi-sectoral, complex programs of a similar size and scope, preferably in Madagascar or Southern/Eastern Africa.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
- Prior USDA CoP project experience.
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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About Save the Children
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How to apply
Qualified candidates should apply directly through the Careers page of our Save the Children website using the link:https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SAV1002STCF/JobBoard/7d92e82b-af74-464d-8…