Save The Children

Chief of Party (Learn to Read Program)

Save The Children

Job Description

Save the Children seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an ongoing USAID-funded education Learn to Read project in Laos. This project was launched in 2018, and is scheduled to end in 2023. In this role, you will be expected to provide technical leadership, strategic oversight, and overall Coordination to implement a successful education program that contributes to the Government of Lao PDR’s Education Sector Development Plan, building from Save the Children’s education accomplishments within Laos and linking to Save the Children’s strategic priorities within country.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Maintain responsibility for the technical leadership, strategic oversight, and overall coordination and technical quality of this Basic Education project;
  • Manage staff and ensure the program meets stated goals and reporting requirements, including the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities throughout the life of the project;
  • Lead the program’s annual work planning process, detailing resource deployment estimates (personnel, equipment, and budget) necessary to achieve proposed milestones and targets;
  • Ensure that efficient systems to support all aspects of the program are in place and support the effective use of program resources in compliance with USAID regulations and Save the Children policies;
  • Ensure sound grant implementation and management by sub-grantees and project staff and the timely submission of all technical and financial deliverables to USAID;
  • Fully inform Save the Children’s home and field office on all matters relating to the program, and maintain appropriate links with partner organizations;
  • Supervise the Project Office and key personnel;
  • Oversee the hiring process of local personnel;
  • Supervise identification and selection of appropriate short- and long-term technical assistance;
  • Represent the project for Save the Children in formal and informal relationships with USAID, the Lao PDR government, other donors and partners;
  • Serve as principle institutional liaison with USAID, partners, and key stakeholders.
Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in education, project management, international development, or a related field from an accredited university is required;
  • At least ten years’ experience managing and implementing education programs in developing countries is preferred, and at least five years of experience in senior Program Management (including direct supervision of professional and support staff) is required;
  • Prior experience managing bilateral donors of a similar size and scope in developing countries;
  • Familiarity with USAID regulations and policies;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships with host country government counterpart;
  • Experience working with local governments to support and strengthen systems;
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and supervision, with an ability to develop and work through both government and non-government partners effectively and build cohesiveness;
  • Exceptional experience in recruiting, developing and managing staff;
  • Strong interpersonal and people management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and move forward multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Experience managing programmatic and Financial Reporting requirements;
  • Experience with USAID Monitoring and Evaluation requirements and processes, including Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) practices;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with early-grade or family literacy programming;
  • Prior experience in Laos or elsewhere in the region.
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. Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU! About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws. Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of Child Abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.
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