Deputy Chief of Party

Palladium Group

Deputy Chief of Party

Palladium Group

Accra, Ghana

Project Overview and Role:

Palladium is recruiting for the position of Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID project, Strengthening Regional Peace and Stability Program in West Africa. The anticipated goal of this program is to strengthen national and regional peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism capacities in key countries in West Africa.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will support the Chief of Party (COP) in overseeing project implementation and will have a role in providing direct technical support to staff and partners. The DCOP will assist the COP with the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement and quality of deliverables, and quality of results. S/he will supervise and coordinate the technical and field activity implementation team, across the focus countries, and will serve as the secondary institutional liaison with USAID. The DCOP will be located in the Palladium office in Accra, Ghana with regular, frequent project-funded travel to the project’s yet-to-be-identified focus countries, in coastal and or Sahelian West Africa. This position will report to the Chief of Party.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the COP with strategic and operational planning, including work planning, and ensure project compliance with all USAID and Palladium reporting and financial requirements;
  • Management of deadlines, drafting of reports, maintenance of records, and monitoring achievement of contract benchmarks;
  • Supervise and ensure the strong performance of Palladium and partner staff dedicated to the project and responsible for coordinating all activities and providing technical assistance and capacity building support to project staff, grantees, and stakeholders, including those located in focus countries;
  • Assist the COP in creating and maintaining good working relationships with USAID, sub-awardees, counterparts in focus countries, local organizations, and other program partners;
  • Establish appropriate monitoring mechanisms to ensure that activity progress and specific implementation concerns are regularly and promptly reported and that project objectives are met;
  • Coordinate and contribute to all quarterly performance reports, contribute to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities, and lead select activities aimed at fostering project learning and adaptive management;
  • Serve as acting COP in his/her absence; 
  • Manage long-term staff and short-term advisors, and partner staff in a respectful and transparent manner, ensuring achievement of project results.

Highly Desired Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing), preferably those funded by USAID, those conducted in West African countries, and/or regional or multi-country programs;
  • Fluency in speaking, reading and writing in English and French;
  • Master’s or higher degree in a relevant field such as conflict resolution, international development, law, political science, or related social sciences;
  • Demonstrated success as a project manager with organizational skills to successfully coordinate and manage diverse people in effective teams;
  • Experience in research, learning, and adaptive management;
  • Proven leadership and experience implementing and providing technical assistance to civil society strengthening, peacebuilding, youth engagement, community resilience, and/or preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) projects;
  • Ability to develop and foster relationships with local counterparts including government representatives, civil society organizations, donors, and donor-funded implementers;
  • Proven human resource management skills; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.

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