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Team leader/chief of party, climate change project

Pact (Pact)

This position is contingent upon funding


Pact seeks a Chief of Party for a five-year USAID-funded climate change adaptation and mitigation program in Vietnam to accelerate Vietnam’s transition to climate resilient, low emissions development. Objectives will focus on supporting adoption of land use practices that slow, stop and reverse emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests and other landscapes and increasing resilience of people, places and livelihoods in delta areas through assistance for adaption and disaster risk management. The Chief of Party will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program. S/he will also be the key contact with USAID. The successful candidate will be able to make key decisions and solve problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity. The Chief of Party will report to the Country Director and will oversee a team of operations staff and technical area managers. Key responsibilities for the Chief of Party position include the following:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide high-quality technical guidance and support that is grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adheres to expected technical quality.
• Remain up to date on good practices and developments in climate change programming, in order to ensure program quality and impact.
• Formulate and guide the implementation of the program based on program targets.
• Oversee team managers for the implementing partners, and technical, finance, grants, and M&E issues related to the project.
• Develop staff and partner capacity and technical knowledge.
• Lead the development of annual workplans and other planning documents, including development of corresponding activity budgets.
• Track progress of activities against workplan and spending against project budgets.
• Coordinate donor and organizational reporting per requirements and as requested; and ensure quality of project data and all narrative reports.
• Oversee project reviews and evaluations and ensure timely utilization and dissemination learning for continual improvement of project activities and overall strategy.
• Represent Pact and the project in relevant meetings with stakeholders, including partners, donors and government, and in external forums and working groups related to climate change.
• Participate in organizational Communities of Practice related to the project focus.
• Provide overall leadership, program and organizational management, and close communication with USAID
• Make key decisions and solve problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity.


• Required minimum of 10 years of professional experience in leading and managing large climate change or natural resource management related international development programs or projects. A minimum of 5 years of experience should be in managing programs in forestry and/or adaptation.
• Required Masters level degree in management, international development or a field of study related to the program scope of work. Preference for a PhD level degree.
• Required demonstrated capabilities in institutional capacity building, high-level strategic visioning and leadership and experience in working effectively with civil society, local, regional and central-level government authorities and with USAID or other development partners.
• Required proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar-sized international donor supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.
• Required fluency in English and strong communication skills.
• Strong preference for work experience in Southeast Asia and/or Vietnam.
• Preference for experience managing large programs with multiple partners.
• Preference for prior experience as Chief of Party
• Practical knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
• Demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain systems and procedures for managing programs with many implementation sites, partners and beneficiaries.
• Demonstrated experience supervising, managing and developing staff.

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    Viet Nam

  • Additional location info Hanoi
  • Closing Date 26 May 2012

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