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Chief of Party (Freshwater & Forest Activity in Nepal)

Project Management
International Development Group
2109T Requisition #

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector in managing their environment and natural resources. We have delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors, including countering wildlife crime, forestry, protected area management, climate change, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), economic livelihood development, community engagement, and institutional capacity building. 


Project Description

The purpose of this anticipated USAID-funded Jal Jangal (Freshwater & Forest) Activity in Nepal is to reduce multiple threats to ecosystems and species in order to conserve nature, enhance human well-being, and safeguard the future. The Activity aims to improve health of ecosystems, safeguard natural resources and improve climate resilience, and reduce environmental crimes. The project will work in targeted landscapes and ecosystems in Nepal to conserve and manage biodiversity to promote environmental and economic sustainability. The project will work with local community organizations, the Government of Nepal, academic institutions, and the private sector to ensure an integrated sustainable management program. The anticipated budget for this 5-year Activity is $25-$50 million.  


Position Description:  

RTI is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-Nepal Jal Jangal Activity. This is a senior-level position and candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and the ability to navigate complex political environments. The position will be based in Kathmandu with the need to travel to project areas throughout the year. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Responsible for the overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational and logistical management; 
  • Provide overall project vision and leadership, manage overall project design and delivery; 
  • Ensure synergy across technical components of the projects; ensure good team planning and coordination, deployment of resources and intra-team communication in support of project objectives; 
  • Oversee preparation and delivering high quality reports to USAID, including quarterly and annual reports, annual work plans, technical and financial reports; 
  • Ensure all contractual deliverables and reporting requirements are met and in compliance with contractual requirements and U.S. federal regulations; 
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with government counterparts, local organizations, donors and other stakeholders for successful implementation; 
  • Collaborate and share knowledge with other conservation organizations and initiatives; 
  • Administer the project’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with accounting principles and USAID regulations; 
  • Diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences; 
  • Liaise with USAID and RTI home office on technical and financial implementation of and reporting on programming; 
  • Manage any subcontracts and grants with local partners, ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables; 
  • Oversee performance monitoring and evaluation to ensure all project targets are met or exceeded, making recommendations for improvement in program implementation. 



  • Master’s degree in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, natural resources management, environmental science or related field and 12 years of progressively responsible experience and expertise in the implementation of large and complex projects relating to natural resources management and/or biodiversity conservation; or Bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience in a related technical area including conservation, forestry, aquatic resources management or use, climate change, ecosystem management, law enforcement, and wildlife trafficking and crime; 
  • Eight years proven leadership of mid-to large-sized international donor programs ($25-50 million) with strong skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting. USAID experience strongly preferred; 
  • Five years’ substantive experience working with counterparts at various levels of government, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, and/or enforcement of conservation regulations; 
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams; 
  • Demonstrated skills and proven ability to develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision for the project; 
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands; 
  • Proven ability to manage projects with satellite or remote offices and team members; 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to travel and work in rural areas and difficult terrain/conditions at times; 
  • Proficiency in English is required; and 
  • Asia experience preferred, especially Nepal. 


As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

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