USAID TechnoServe Project Jobs – Chief of Party

Job Title:   Chief
of Party
Project Name: USAID
Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Program
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
TechnoServe works with
enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms,
businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops
business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and
markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking
men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth
for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven
results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
About USAID Project:
USAID Uganda is funding a new
five-year Youth Leadership for Agriculture program to increase economic
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Ugandan female and male youth aged
10 to 35, in agriculture- related fields, in order to increase their incomes
and build entrepreneurial, leadership, and workforce readiness skills. Pending
confirmation of funding, TechnoServe will lead this program in select districts
in Uganda, including Northern Uganda, through market systems and facilitative
approaches. This program will focus on achieving two specific objectives by
partnering with both public and private entities: (1) increased incomes of
youth working in agricultural value chains (specifically maize, beans and
coffee); and (2) improved skills development (entrepreneurship, employability,
leadership, and life skills) obtained through formal and non-formal education
and training organizations.
Job Summary: The Chief
of Party (COP) will provide overall technical and administrative leadership and
expertise over the program. S/he will serve as the primary liaison with
USAID/Uganda on management and technical matters. The COP will be responsible
for management of all aspects of activity implementation in meeting the
objectives of the contract including, but not limited to, technical,
administrative, operational, and logistical management of project activities and
reports directly to the designated USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative
(COR). The Chief of Party will also a leadership role in coordination among
USAID and key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. The COP position
requires political gravitas, as s/he will interact with numerous GoU
institutions and senior-level national and county-level government officials.
The COP will have demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged,
environments, to work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to
deliver impact within agreed timelines.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Leadership:
  • Impact:
    Strategically select strategies and partnerships that most effectively
    contribute to the objectives of this project;
  • Develop,
    inspire and enable a team of professionals, both TechnoServe and partner
    seconded staff, to deliver high quality results, and effectively manage
    human resources, finance and back office functions to optimize
  • Establish
    and foster relationships with broad network of donors, practitioners,
    government representatives and business leaders, assimilating and
    contributing to new developments relevant to the project
2. Operations:
  • Manage
    the planning and high-quality, timely execution of this project;
  • Plan
    for and execute robust monitoring and evaluation of program outputs and
  • Ensure
    cost-effective delivery of donor commitments;
  • Actively
    contribute to the documentation and sharing of knowledge within the
    broader TechnoServe community.
  • Actively
    coordinate and collaborate with implementing partners as needed.
3. Administration:
  • Ensure
    high quality and timely donor reporting;
  • Manage
    all financial affairs of the project, including budgets, adherence to
    effective internal financial controls and review of monthly financial
  • Ensure
    participation and compliance with all TechnoServe corporate processes
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the USAID Project career placement should hold a
    Master’s degree or equivalent in Business, International Development,
    Economics, Public Policy, Education Agricultural Economics or other
    relevant field. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 15 years of
    relevant experience may be substituted for a Master’s Degree.
  • A
    minimum of ten or more years of relevant professional experience in
    International Development, including experience in the agriculture,
    private enterprise development or youth development (at least eight of
    these years much be in management/leadership position in program that are
    of a similar scope and scale). At least six years’ experience in similar
    development contexts as Uganda, preferred.
  • Proven
    ability to successfully lead and mange challenging projects involving both
    public and private sector stakeholders
  • High
    level of leadership, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills,
    including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and
    collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector
    counterparts and other key stakeholders
  • Prior
    experience working in emerging markets. Preference for work experience in
    Sub-Saharan Africa, especially East Africa and Uganda
  • Prior
    experience applying market systems and facilitative approaches
  • Excellent
    management and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated
    understanding of and passion for youth economic empowerment and
    improvement of livelihoods.
  • Passionate
    about market-led approaches and to helping the poor improve their
  • Strong
    focus on results.
  • Possess
    the ability to travel up to 40% of time.
  • Experience
    working in Uganda is preferred
  • Prior
    and proven experience successfully leading USAID funded programs
  • Fluent
    in written and spoken English; fluency in Langi, Acholi, and/or Kiswahili
    is an added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All qualified and interested
applicants should send a single Word-formatted document consisting of cover
letter, resume and salary history to Please identify the position
for which you are applying in the subject line. Only applicants meeting minimum
qualifications will be considered or contacted.
Deadline: 4th February 2015.
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