Chief of Party, Higher Education Project (Malawi)

FHI 360

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FHI 360 seeks a highly qualified Chief of Party for an upcoming opportunity to lead a large scale higher education support activity in Malawi. The position, expected to be available in mid- to late 2018, will serve as the project’s technical and administrative director overseeing all aspects of award compliance, project finance and operations, coordinated implementation of activities, and timely submission of high quality reports and deliverables. Specifically, the Chief of Party will provide technical direction and quality oversight for the design and implementation of strategies to improve alignment between workforce demands and the programs offered through higher education institutions and technical/vocational education and training institutions. The Chief of Party also will guide the planning and implementation of activities to promote effective engagement of public and private employers in workforce development programs, to ensure that graduates are prepared to transition to employment, and to provide technical support improving the capacity of education and training institutions to design and deliver effective workforce development programs and services. The Chief of Party will oversee a small in-country team of finance, operations, and technical personnel, and will engage with the home office to access targeted support and technical expertise, as needed. The Chief of Party will serve as primary liaison with the client, government counterparts, and key stakeholder representatives.


  • Providing technical direction and oversight of project activities
  • Maintaining positive relations with the client, government counterparts, and program partners
  • Promoting clear and constructive communications with the client to ensure a shared vision for project activities and outcomes, address implementation challenges, and encourage the sharing of best practices and project successes
  • Overseeing that project activities are compliant with the approved work plan and that project results are aligned with the project monitoring plan
  • Ensuring the accuracy and technical quality of all project deliverables, including periodic performance reports, financial and technical reports, training materials, and instructional materials
  • Supervising in-country project personnel, including senior technical, finance, and operations staff members
  • Engaging corporate support units for technical and administrative assistance, as needed

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices with project management, process development and execution.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong consultative skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Ability to motivate, influences, and collaborates with others.
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and where appropriate, donor representatives.


  • Advanced degree in education, international development, or related field required


  • 10 years of relevant experience providing technical support and/or leadership to major donor funded education programs, specifically in relation to higher education and/or workforce development
  • Relevant expertise promoting effective collaboration, institutional partnerships, public-private engagement, and gender sensitive strategies as part of program implementation
  • 5 years of experience in senior leadership roles for USAID funded projects
  • Prior chief of party or deputy chief of party experience and demonstrated understanding of project compliance
  • Proven in-depth understanding of USAID rules and regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively work with USAID and international donors, government counterparts, and project stakeholders
  • Excellent team building and supervisory skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Prior experience in Malawi or Southern Africa preferred.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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