Job: Chief of Party (closed)

The Chief of Party (COP) will deliver leadership and oversight across all objectives, working closely with and directly managing the Objective 1, 2, and 3 Leads to ensure integration of interventions across the Activity. The COP will lead Objective 4 to secure coordination with stakeholders and interagency efforts needed to support Wildlife Asia activities being implemented under the other three objectives. The COP will be responsible for maximizing the contributions, effectiveness and support from the large consortium of subcontractors.


Project – USAID Wildlife Asia

The USAID Wildlife Asia Activity seeks to significantly reduce wildlife crime in Southeast Asia and China by employing a comprehensive regional cooperation approach. Specifically Wildlife Asia will (i) Reduce consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products in target areas; (ii) Strengthen regional law enforcement capacity and coordination; (iii) Increase commitment to addressing counter wildlife trafficking (CWT); and, (iv) Support the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia’s (RDMA’s) coordination of regional CWT stakeholders and efforts to strengthen the US Government (USG) interagency CWT initiatives. 

 

USAID Wildlife Asia is based in Bangkok, Thailand and the geographic scope includes all ASEAN countries, with a focus on the Lower Mekong (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia) and China. The species of primary interest are elephants (ivory), pangolins, rhinos (rhino horn), and Asian big cats. This activity is the first Task Order under the USAID/Asia Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, and has an esimated value of $23 million for five years. The project is beginning its second year of implementation.

 

Role

The Chief of Party (COP) will deliver leadership and oversight across all objectives, working closely with and directly managing the Objective 1, 2, and 3 Leads to ensure integration of interventions across the Activity. The COP will lead Objective 4 to secure coordination with stakeholders and interagency efforts needed to support Wildlife Asia activities being implemented under the other three objectives. The COP will be responsible for maximizing the contributions, effectiveness and support from the large consortium of subcontractors.


Responsibilities

The Chief of Party shall be primarily responsible for carrying out the following activities:

 

Project Management

  • Lead technical implementation, coordination and oversight of all USAID Wildlife Asia activities under a clear unified vision for the project that links all project activities and supports key project objectives. 
  • Manage the multi-disciplinary team of technical experts and operational staff to achieve or exceed all project targets, in accordance with approved work plans. Work effectively to delegate appropriately and manage for results, while simultaneously ensuring complementarity across each objective area and cross-cutting activity. 
  • Serve as the single point of contact and project representative with USG agencies (USAID, US State Department), Host Country Governments, Regional Coordinating Groups (e.g., ASEAN), as well as other donors and stakeholders.
  • Build, maintain and manage effective working relationships with consortium members. Ensure that each consortium subcontractor is performing to the highest standards, in full support of project objectives and targets, and in full compliance with USAID and RTI rules, regulations and contractual requirements.
  • Ensure operational effectiveness and strong financial management in accordance with USAID regulations and RTI policies and procedures, working closely with the project operations and home office project management teams.
  • Directly supervise senior technical staff, synergizing technical components and underlying tasks into one cohesive USAID Wildlife Asia Activity. Oversee staff management and performance management of all fully-dedicated project staff.
  • Oversee all cross-cutting activities and ensure their strong support of and synergy with technical implementation objectives and vision, including, but not limited to: communications and outreach; monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL), knowledge management; and, gender and social inclusion.

 

Technical Assistance

  • Serve as the Technical Lead for Objective 4: Regional CWT Coordination, leading, supporting, and collaborating with RDMA’s efforts to support USG CWT strategies for each country. Work with the in-country USG interagency teams support an increasingly effective and sustainable role in CWT activities.
  • Strengthen and improve the functioning of regional coordination groups related to counter wildlife trafficking in Asia (e.g., ASEAN), leveraging stakeholder resources for CWT, providing coordination and logistical support for CWT actors at regional conferences, and creating/strengthening/sustaining support tools for CWT coordination.
  • Ensure timeliness and quality of all project deliverables, milestones and targets.
  • Take lead responsibility, working in close cooperation with project staff, partners, counterparts and USAID, for the development, management, monitoring, and reporting of all contract requirements and project activities, deliverables, milestones and targets.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships, wherever needed, with key stakeholders and counterparts, including, but not limited to private sector, industry associations, community groups, NGO coalitions and government entities, to further leverage project work and respond to critical needs in the sector.
  • Communicate and coordinate with all staff to create a “one team” culture and ensure effective engagement and cooperation on all technical and operational issues, work planning, budgeting and program implementation.
  • Liaise with high-level regional stakeholders on politically sensitive topics

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 12 years of international development project/activity leadership and management experience including experience related to counter wildlife trafficking, preferably in Asia region.
  • Master’s degree (Bachelor’s degree and at least 16 years of experience), in conservation, environment, management, political science, or relevant, required.
  • At least 8 years of experience successfully leading complex teams with multiple implementing partners, counterparts or grantees required, preferably under USAID contracts.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a leadership position for USAID contracts strongly preferred
  • Proven experience working in complex and/or difficult operating environments, balancing competing demands of counterparts and stakeholders.
  • Experience leading teams in Asia and/or proven ability to establish productive working relationships with Asian partners/counterparts/stakeholders strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to serve as the public representative for the project, leading and participating effectively in high-level meetings and navigating politically sensitive subject matter.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English required.
  • Willingness and ability to live and work in Bangkok, Thailand and travel as needed to cooperating countries across ASEAN. 

 

Apply through RTI International webpage.