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Proposed Chief of Party (COP) – Guinea Bissau McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guinea-Bissau
  • País: Guinea-Bissau
  • Criado: 16/04/2019 22:29
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Organization: Shelter for Life

Shelter For Life International (SFL) is an international faith-based relief and development organization with over 30 years’ experience in providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance to post conflict countries around the world. We are currently operational in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Senegal, with Headquarters located in Minnetonka, MN. Our team provides support and assistance in the following areas:

  1. Population Movement and Settlement
  2. Public Infrastructure Reconstruction
  3. Economic and Social Development

Our mission is to Demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. To learn more about us, please head to

Position Summary:

We are currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) to oversee the anticipated multi-year, USDA-funded McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program in Guinea-Bissau. The goal of the project is to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls. Through the provision of school meals, teacher training, nutrition programs, and additional support targeting vulnerable demographic groups, the project will help increase school enrollment, academic performance, and improve the health of students, pregnant and nursing women, infants and preschoolers.

The Chief of Party position requires experience with education and school feeding projects, a strong command of project and administrative management, the demonstrated ability to foster a collaborative team spirit, and the ability to effectively network and represent SFL with external stakeholders, such as the local and national governments, and target communities.

This position will serve as the primary contact to the Headquarters Office. This COP will ensure that operational goals and objectives are achieved and reported through appropriate and professional means while maintaining the safety and integrity of the overall mission. This involves close oversight of project budget and progress, establishing positive working relationships with the donor organization and other stakeholders, while, providing oversight and ethical leadership to each project staff member. This position is contingent upon award from USDA. A minimum of 12 months’ commitment to live and work in Guinea-Bissau is required.

Areas of Responsibilities:

Stakeholder Engagement

· Establish relationships with partners and stakeholders to ensure coordinated implementation of project activities, and represent the Shelter For Life team at key meetings

· Establish and maintain relationships with government entities and officials

· Work and coordinate with central and regional government officials to ensure collaboration with government activities

Program Operations Management

· Oversee offices and activities in Guinea-Bissau

· Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff

· Oversee financial and administrative aspects of the project, including the budget

· Implement enforcement of US Government and SFL’s financial and administrative rules and regulations

· Manage sub-awards with international and local service providers

· Monitor program indicators and analyze project impact and challenges to adaptively manage the project to

meet or exceed results

· Manage risks of project implementation and implement risk mitigation measures

· Lead periodic work plans and progress reports, and monitor the implementation of these plans Ensure all deliverables are submitted to USDA and are of high quality and on time

· Coordinate and communicate activities with SFL’s Headquarter Office

Education and Experience Requirements:

· Bachelor’s degree in international development, education, or related fields, or professional experience in the same areas (master’s degree or higher preferred)

· 10 years demonstrated experience in managing international development programs including experience in education, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and medicine.

· Professional knowledge and experience in WASH, health, education, and professional services

· Exceptional past performance and ability to interact diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., national, provincial, private sector, and NGOs)

· Demonstrated experience in reporting project progress as it relates to donor guidelines

· Strong leadership and administrative skills, management in a cross-cultural environment

· Comfortable with presentation, and reporting, with communication skills

· Preferred candidates would have experience integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment development activities

· Prior experience in West Africa is preferable as is fluency in Portuguese.

Personal Skills & Abilities:

· Dynamic leadership skills with ability to maintain a positive work environment with professionalism

· Strong teamwork and listening skills combined with excellent interpersonal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity

· Ability to research, analyze, coordinate, & plan – both strategically and innovatively

· Ability to quickly assess complex programs and situations and form accurate opinions

· Ability to respond practically and operate successfully in difficult field conditions

· Willingness to adopt the use of locally appropriate technologies

· Ability to be flexible, persistent and diplomatic and to gain respect among staff, local community leaders, local government ministries and donor organizations

· Excellent written and verbal English is required and fluency in Portuguese is preferred

SFL is interested in applicants whose professional ethics, values and determination to achieve impact are evident and aligned with organizational priorities.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: “Proposed COP – Guinea-Bissau.” Applications must be in English. Please include your name in the title of all attached documents. In your resume, the work experience should be presented chronologically and should contain sufficient details to enable the technical review team to evaluate the qualifications and experience. The CV/resume should include the name, telephone number, and email of at least two professional references who do not work for the employee’s current organization.

Deadline Date: Monday, 20 May 2019

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