Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – SPRID Malawi

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Position:   Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – SPRID Malawi
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Job Id:   471
# of Openings:   1
Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
DI is seeking to hire a  Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)  for an anticipated five-year  Strengthening Parliament’s Role in Malawi’s Development (SPRID)  in Malawi funded by USAID. SPRID will contribute to Malawi’s democratic governance by supporting the Parliament of Malawi to better fulfill its legislative, oversight and representative functions. The goal of the activity is to support the effectiveness and independence of Parliament by providing technical support to selected constitutional and standing committees, coordination between parliament and statutory oversight institutions around public integrity issues, and CSOs and media’s demand for accountability. The activity looks at both the technical capacity as well as the political incentives of Members of Parliament and staff to support a more robust legislative process, and more rigorous oversight. To maximize Parliament’s influence, the activity will leverage partnerships with oversight institutions and civil society and media to build coalitions for reforms that are responsive to the public interest. USAID released an  RFI  in April and we encourage applicants to read it.  This will be a full-time position based in Lilongwe, Malawi. This position is open to both expatriates and Malawian citizens and will be contingent on award and funding.  The anticipated award start date is estimated to be in February 2022.

The DCOP will lead programmatic, operational, and administrative activities of the activity and will report to the COP. The DCOP will support the COP will be responsible for developing a strong vision and implementation of the program with an evidence-based approach, integrating innovative strategies and delivering on all objectives of the project. They will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of some staff. They will also provide mentorship and training, as needed, for all staff. The successful candidate must be a development professional with significant international program management experience, experience in Malawi or other countries with similar settings, and demonstrated expertise in parliamentary and legislative.

Essential Job Duties:
The position’s  responsibilities  will include:
  • Provide guidance and coordinate support to the programmatic teams and sub-grantees, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of programmatic and budget management activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation;
  • Assist the CoP in coordinating and communicating with the Parliament of Malawi, GOM, political parties, other donors, universities, the civil society sector, and other potential implementing partners;
  • Represent DI externally at meetings, workshops, and other events as needed;
  • Provide guidance and coordinate support to the programmatic teams and sub-grantees, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of programmatic and budget management activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation;
  • Oversee staff capacity-building across the program and provide evaluation and workforce management to ensure their continued growth;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s contract with USAID and with internal reporting requirements; and
  • Provide technical advice and support to build capacity of local organizations on specific activities;
  • Oversee staff capacity-building across the program and provide evaluation and workforce management to ensure their continued growth;
  • Oversee financial tracking systems and coordinate and monitor project budgets to ensure all expenditures are in compliance with DI and donor regulations and within the scope of the program’s long-term budget;
  • Ensure that timely cash flow analyses and projections are provided and accurate for internal management purposes and to the donor, as needed;
  • Review and oversee administrative, procurement, and financial management procedures and recommend improvements as needed;
  • Supervise a team of finance, grants, operations and administrative professionals; provide capacity building and mentoring when necessary, and ensure effective implementation of administrative and financial procedures compliant with DI and USAID policies;
  • Serve as a secondary liaison for finance and administration with USAID and serve in an acting capacity in the absence of the COP.
Secondary Job Duties:
  • Contribute to ongoing Democracy International business development efforts, in Malawi and around the world.
  • Proven leadership qualities, excellent management skills and significant relevant experience in project management and staff supervision;
  • A Master’s degree (or higher) and 5 years’ relevant work experience, or relevant work experience of 10 years in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID compliance and reporting requirements as well as a thorough understanding of the USAID regulatory environment;
  • Strong demonstrated skills in planning, MEL and programming adaptation, inclusion, and budgeting;
  • Relevant experience in project management and supervising staff, preferably as an operations manager for projects in developing countries;
  • Substantial experience and technical expertise working on parliamentary committee strengthening, legislative strengthening, coordination with other oversight institutions, citizen engagement, civil society and media engagement, or other relevant topics;
  • In-depth familiarity with, understanding of, and ability to successfully navigate within the Malawian context preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, education professionals, community and civil society leaders, and international funders;
  • Professional fluency in English (both spoken and written) required.
  • This position is open to both expatriates and Malawian citizens.
  • This position reports to the Chief of Party in Malawi.
  • Direct reports may include the DI Malawi team.
Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.
About the Organization
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.
DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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