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Chief of Party Position overseas


I hope everyone is having a very good holiday season.  As expected, recruitments have slowed during this period but, this week, I am accepting applications for several positions on behalf of DynCorp International.  These are for bid proposals to USAID and will be contingent on DynCorp’s success in obtaining the funding.  Here is the first:

Position:  Chief of Party (COP)

Location:  Kigali, Rwanda

Expected Start Date and duration of Contract:  March 2011, for a 3 year base contract plus 2 option years.


The Chief of Party (COP) is the lead DynCorp International Development (DI Development) employee in the assigned country providing the primary contact with the program’s sponsoring client. S/He will be responsible for setting the overall strategic direction and framework under which the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) Activity will be implemented. The COP will carry out his/her responsibilities with the client in a professional manner consistent with DI corporate values. The COP will carry power-of-attorney on behalf of DI in-country in relation to program implementation activities. S/he will report to, and be evaluated by, the assigned DI Program Director (PD). In the position as COP, s/he will be responsible for DI’s field presence, contractual compliance and all aspects of program implementation and management. The COP will also be responsible for effectively positioning DI for option year funding and other business development opportunities such as follow-on or new contracts.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES/Principle Accountabilities:

1.      Ensures that HICD activities are coordinated among each other, with the Government of Rwanda (GOR), and other donors working in the sector. 

2.      Leads HICD inputs in support of the national strategy to develop public sector human and institutional capacity; this may include conducting initial rapid organizational assessments; conducting on-going capacity assessments of local institutions; assisting in developing mission statements; and creating strategies and plans for change to strengthen the institution’s operations.

3.      Reviews and demonstrates knowledge about executed contract including its Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and AID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR) clauses and ensures all contract obligations are met.

4.      Directs program start-up activities such as office set-up, preparation and finalization of program work plan and budget for base (and options years) as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E) and oversees program close-out activities, including final report preparation.

5.       Implements approved contract, providing technical and administrative direction to assure the program is managed according to the contract, approved work plan and work plan budget and that activities beyond the approved work plan and work plan budget are not undertaken, managing to meet all program requirements and budgeted targets.

6.      Reviews all deliverables to ensure responsiveness to client requirements, quality and timeliness of submission.

7.      Assures issuance of a country-appropriate and up-to-date DI Field Manual and complies with all DI’s policies and procedures, including those detailed in the DI Field Manual as related to field based programs and program administration, hiring of field staff, sub-contractors and consultants, ensuring any relevant in-country laws are respected. .

8.      Coordinates closely and communicates regularly with assigned PD on contract, program and business development matters, working to ensure that any problem or potential problem is brought to the attention of the PD in a timely fashion so a solution can be identified and implemented, and where appropriate, coordinates with the PD and VP of DI Development.

9.      Promote effective and efficient management of in-country office, ensuring field staff is educated about DI, the contract, program, the program work plan and related actions with attention paid to ensuring each person understands the requirements of his/her job and performance expectations.

10.  Supervises and evaluates all field staff, consultants and sub-contractors, ensuring on-going compliance with job requirements and specifications, working to build an effective, cohesive team to meet program objectives.

11.  Ensures subcontractor work is monitored, reviewed and held to highest quality standards as well as established schedule.

12.  Maintains excellent relationships with partners.

13.  Responsible for documenting program activities such as success stories and, if applicable, grants (using the DI Grant Management System).

14.  Provides DI with business development support by fulfilling contract obligations and delivering strong program performance leading to funding of option years and possible follow-on contracts.

15.  Provides DI with business development support by identifying other potential business opportunities, identifying potential strategic business alliances, contributing business development ideas and assisting with proposal development.

Internal/External Contacts:   U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), U.S. Embassy, Mission, Host Country Government officials, other in-country bi and multi-lateral donors and organizations


Knowledge & Skills:  

  • Knowledge of relevant federal regulations and procedures is preferred.
  • Knowledge and work experience in post-conflict countries is preferred.
  • Familiarity with standard business Information Technology (IT) applications.
  • Ability to recruit and supervise short-term U.S., third country and local experts for evaluations, monitoring, with excellent development analysis and communications skills, and
  • Ability to represent DI in meetings and interact with senior Mission, Embassy, Host Country Government officials.
  • Excellent reporting, writing and presentation skills.

Required Skills, Experience & Education:

o   Minimum ten (10) years of experience in managing programs aimed at capacity-building of host country institutions, with a focus on democracy and governance (public administration, education, local governance/decentralization, civil society development), economic growth and health is required.

o   Minimum five (5) years of experience working on USAID-funded capacity development programs is required.

o   Experience supervising complex and challenging field operations in closed societies, conflict environments, fragile or transitional countries, and/ or war-torn societies is required.

o   Experience working in Rwanda or the region is a plus.

o   Multiple country work experience is required.

o   Bachelor’s degree in associated discipline; Advanced degree in International Development preferred.

o   HICD certification preferred and/or willingness to become certified.

o   Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
Living and working conditions at the assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable, have Long hours, exposure to weather and hazardous conditions.  Personnel should be aware of moving on short notice and under adverse conditions.

Travel :  Must be willing to live and work in Rwanda; Must be willing to travel internationally

How to Apply: Please send resume/CV and a completed USAID Biographical Data form (can be obtained at ) by email to:  Please include “Chief of Party-Rwanda” in the subject line,  and ensure that CV includes a list of  three (3) referees.  Applicants will be reviewed only when all requested documents are received. 


Closing Date for applications: December 23, 2011

Thank you for reviewing this position and hope that if this does not match your area of expertise, you will forward to others who may be a good match.    You can always receive my alerts via Twitter: 

Warm regards,

Linda Aines,

Aines International Recruitment Services

Phone:  +802-558-8209

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