Chief of Party, Cambodia

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Company Information
World Vision

World Vision is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) program in Cambodia. The proposed program may focus on promoting nurturing care for the most-vulnerable newborns and young children, starting before birth, through evidence-based integrated programming in early-childhood development to provide for children’s health, nutrition, safety and security, responsive caregiving for social and emotional well-being, and opportunities for early learning. Proposed activities may specifically address stunting through improving nutrition service delivery at health facilities and community, supporting nutrition sensitive agriculture, and promoting safe and secure environments to help children meet critical cognitive and physical developmental milestones. Project objectives may include improving cognitive skills of vulnerable and at-risk children, decreasing stunting rates for children under five, and increasing the number of vulnerable and at-risk children in caring and safe family environments. Particular attention will likely be given to supporting the early identification of children with disabilities. Chief of Party (CoP)/ Programme Director (PD) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities.

The CoP/PD shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Cambodia.

S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and engagement with stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP/PD is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.

S/he also provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to Child wellbeing outcomes.


•Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff.

•Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

•Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.

•Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

•Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

•Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

•Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.

•Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and Support Office staff.

•Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

•Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

•Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

•Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

•Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

•Participate, lead NGO –donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

•Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

•Provide spiritual leadership to the grants team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

•Serve as primary liaison to USAID local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical area and other donor organizations.

•Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.

•Close cooperation with National Office GAM lead for implementation of the GAM objectives as well as close collaboration within the National Office GAM Unit on donor positioning, lessons learned, grant health and quality improvements.

•Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor.

  • A Master's degree in related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries.
  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large USAID grant-funded projects.
  • Experience working in southeast Asia required; Experience working in Cambodia desired.
  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID and/or other funding agencies (Global Fund, UNICEF, WHO and other multilateral agencies); their policies and regulations.
  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of Cambodia and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in Cambodia.
  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.
  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred
Work Environment
  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required
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