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26 Nov 2020

Deputy Chief of Party / Project Operations Manager

Job Description

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.


Project Description

Abt Associates is currently seeking a qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID/South Sudan Increasing Community Resilience through Agriculture (ICRA) Activity. The goal of this project is to establish a multi-sectoral agriculture system that emphasizes functioning agriculture markets, food productivity, livestock farming, community capacity building, rural livelihoods, better nutrition – all of which will increase farming communities’ resilience in the face of shocks. South Sudan is facing threats to food security and malnutrition, which has been exacerbated in the advent of COVID-19. Prior to COVID-19, the International Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) has projected an estimated 6.5 million out of 11.7 million people were expected to face worse levels of acute food insecurity. Efforts to increase resilience to help the country better respond to multiple crises and threats, including conflict, economic decline, natural disasters, plant pests, human and animal diseases remain critical.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the DCOP is responsible for overseeing financial, contractual, operations, and personnel activities to meet program objectives. S/he will lead financial and administrative support staff, and establish the systems and procedures required to ensure compliance with USAID regulations and local law. This position will also oversee contracts, procurement and subcontracting, budgeting, reporting, human resources (HR), and general administrative support.

The position will be based in Juba, South Sudan, and is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the development of administrative and operations management systems and processes required to support activity implementation, ensuring compliance with USAID and Abt policies and regulations.
  • Manages implementation of financial, administrative, and HR policies and procedures that meet activity needs and corporate and client requirements.
  • Oversees procurement efforts for the activity including selection and negotiation with vendors, and management of subcontractors on the activity in compliance with USAID and Abt Associates procurement regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with USAID and Abt Associates policies, regulations and procedures governing the activity contract.
  • Supervises institutional subcontracts and sub-agreements with assistance from the Abt Associates home office support team.
  • Ensures that the ICRA budget and audit projections, expenditure, tracking and reporting are in accordance with USAID and Abt requirements, procedures, and practices for compliance and audits.
  • Creates and maintains financial reporting and tracking systems, and provides financial performance updates on ICRA activities. Guides the administrative team on annual work planning, and ensure submission of quality operational plans, budgets, and reports.
  • Oversees HR management functions including: recruitment, hiring, transition, and termination; benefits administration; performance appraisal; and ongoing performance management.
  • Upholds the standards of Abt Associates to lead a high performing team and ensures strict compliance to USAID and Abt’s policies, regulations, and internal controls.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 10-15 years’ experience in business administration, finance, accounting, management, or other relevant field required. Master’s preferred.
  • Experience with financial and administrative management of international development programs and other donor-funded projects in the field required; USAID program management highly desirable.
  • Excellent financial management skills and knowledge of latest project management tools and computer applications such as Microsoft Office and Quickbooks.
  • Supervisory and/or management work experience including: (1) direct supervision of professional and support staff; (2) quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverable; (3) contract management; and (4) ability to lead large complex programs and motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams.
  • Experience in South Sudan or similar development context, highly preferred.
  • Ability to advise teams on new approaches that sustain and/or improve project delivery.
  • Ability to sustain timeliness of program delivery amidst adaptations from changing operational demands and client feedback.
  • Ability to set priorities and multi-task.
  • Strong analytical and computer skills, with emphasis on budgeting and financial analysis.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communications skills.
  • South Sudan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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