Chief of Party, Papua New Guinea

Counterpart International is seeing a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded program that seeks to assess and strengthen the ability of communities in Papua New Guinea to prevent and respond to violence, strengthen local organizations, and improve economic livelihoods, particularly for women and vulnerable groups.


  • Provide overall project and staff leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations and Counterpart policies and procedures.
  • Build an integrated vision among diverse project components, partners, and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
  • Lead the development of program strategies, planning and implementation of program activities while ensuring cohesion among the program components, achievement of objectives, results, and indicators.
  • Lead the development of program documents and deliverables for submission to USAID, including workplans, MELP, technical analysis, programmatic quarterly and annual reports, and communications products, among others.
  • Manage and supervise program personnel, implementing partners, with a focus on achieving objectives and results in a timely manner and on budget.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration, oversee program finances and administration of sub-awards.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration, oversee the program’s human resources practices, ensuring recruitment, hiring, employee evaluations and promotions follow Counterpart policies and procedures, and in accordance with Papua New Guinean law.
  • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff.
  • Coordinating with local and regional partners and other relevant stakeholders, such as civil society organizations, and government authorities.
  • Ensure that long and short-term technical assistance provided by the program is technically sound and appropriate for the local context in close collaboration with the Technical Director.
  • Represent Counterpart and the Program before USAID, local and national governmental authorities, local CSO partners and community organizations.
  • Represent Counterpart and the Program at international and regional events, as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with Counterpart and USAID rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.
  • Work closely with Counterpart’s Safety and Security department to protect staff, assets, infrastructure, and reputation as required.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as required.


  • A university degree in international development, social science, finance, business administration, or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in international development.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in peace- and security-related fields, including violence prevention, countering violent extremism, and governance strengthening in fragile contexts, preferably in the Pacific Islands and/or PNG.
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex environments and building trust among diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience working with government at the national and sub-national levels, NGOs and CBOs, donors, USAID, and others.
  • Demonstrated leadership and program management capabilities on USAID-funded projects of a similar scale, including previous experience as a COP, DCOP, Team Leader, or similar.
  • Experience with adaptive management approaches and GESI.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in international development or a similar field.
  • Proficiency in Tok Pisin.

How to apply

To apply, please use the following link:

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