Based in: Lilongwe, Malawi
Project Description: World Education, Inc. seeks candidates for the Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Early Grade Reading (EGR) project in Malawi. The project aims to improve early grade reading outcomes in primary schools nationwide, building upon USAID’s current investments in Malawi’s National Reading Program.
Position Description: The Chief of Party will manage the program’s technical outputs and represent the program on high-level working groups. The COP will be supervising personnel and overseeing quality technical control in the provinces. The position is also responsible for overall leadership and supervision of World Education’s in-country staff and consortium partners, stewards World Education resources, and conducts program-wide performance management.
- Serve as the primary liaison between USAID, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), and international and local consortium partners;
- Create and maintain strong relationships with USAID/Malawi and key stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels;
- Responsible for overall implementation and coordination of the program with a wide range of stakeholders, including other education programs funded by USAID or other donors;
- Ensure the contract is implemented according to the finalized work plan and liaise with stakeholders and home office personnel, as needed, to ensure project deliverables and compliance with USAID rules and regulations;
- Lead daily management of the program in close coordination with USAID, consortium partners and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology;
- Provide quality control for the program’s technical outputs and ensure quality performance against targets;
- Oversee financial and administrative program management of funds, working closely with the Finance and Administration staff to provide accountability and overall direction for the proper and appropriate use of all funds and resources;
- Contribute to the timely submission of all required deliverables and reports;
- Monitor the performance of consortium partners and individual WEI staff and provide professional development as needed;
- Represent the program on high-level working groups, in donor and Ministry meetings, and other fora where the program’s goals, aims, and investments must be explained;
- Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project and as requested by USAID.
- Master’s degree/PhD. in Education, Management, or a related social science field;
- At least 8 years of relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this project. Previous (D)COP experience is highly desirable;
- Demonstrated familiarity with USAID International Basic Education policy, program management and USAID reporting mechanisms required;
- At least 5 years’ experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable;
- Experience working in Southern or Eastern sub-Saharan Africa or Malawi preferred;
- Ability to manage consortium with a large number of international and national subcontractors.
- Program/project management experience working with rural, ethnolinguistic underserved populations is preferred;
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity building and professional development in a developing country is required;
- Experience managing evidence-based early grade reading programming is preferred;
- Additional experience focusing on inclusive education programming, gender inclusion, and early childhood development is an advantage;
- Professionally proficient in written and spoken English (ILR 3+) required. Knowledge of Chichewa or other Malawian local languages is an advantage.
How to apply
Interested Candidates: Must send a CV and a cover letter by email to:
Email: [email protected]
by April 19, 2021. Please reference the position of interest in the subject line.