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Chief of Party, USAID Sahel Collaboration and Communication Activity

Project Management
International Development Group
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RTI (www.rti.org) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and multidisciplinary services.

RTI International’s LEED (Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development) division consists of three technical teams: 1.) Energy; 2.) Climate, Water, Natural Resources; and 3.) Integrated Learning Solutions. The Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) practice area provides customized solutions that integrate adult participatory methodologies, innovation, and technologies that enable professionals worldwide to meet the challenges of complex development environments.


The ILS practice area is currently seeking an experienced Chief of Party (COP) to lead and manage the Sahel Collaboration and Communication (SCC) Activity in Niger and Burkina Faso. As a coordination, collaboration, and learning platform, the SCC Activity will contribute to all aspects of the RISE II results framework. In addition, it will make a central contribution to the RISE II transformative outcome of “Enhanced capacity to learn and adapt among beneficiaries, local partners, and partner governments.”

Position Summary

The Chief of Party will be responsible for leading and managing the overall activity, and for managing staff and implementation in Niger. This position will be based in Niger. The following traits are required:

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provides technical and operational leadership and guidance to ensure activities are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated with successful and impactful deliverables in line with USAID’s strategic vision, priorities, and lessons learned for RISE and SAREL programs with focus on strengthening resilience of communities in the Sahel region.
  • Facilitates a strategic partnership among program stakeholders, including USAID and RISE implementing partners (IPs.)
  • Works collaboratively with national government-level stakeholders, donors, and other non-RISE resilience actors to develop and coordinate a network of professionals interested in building resilience in the Sahel region.
  • Provides overall management of and oversight to all international and local staff’s performance to ensure that results are achieved according to the needs of USAID, RISE implementing partners, and local government partners.
  • Leads the preparation and implementation of the project and activity work plans, including MEL/CLA plan and of all other project documentation, including reports and publications.


Skills required:


  • Visionary, enthusiastic, charismatic, collaborative, adaptive, thought leader to be able to establish strong, lasting, and trustful relations for pursuing collaborative learning and coordination with USAID, project stakeholders, and local and international senior professionals.
  • Impact-driven to ensure effectiveness and sustainability of peace and development programming across the Sahel region.

  • Technical knowledge of USAID’s program cycle and CLA approach to adaptive program management, tracking and measuring resilience, and conducting action-oriented research to inform programs.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of resilience work and concepts.
  • Story-teller with excellent analytic and writing skills to communicate effectively and simply complex concepts.


Minimum requirements:


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate interdisciplinary area with at least 12 years of related experience.

  • At least 8 years of experience in senior management of development programs of similar or greater scope and complexity.

  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking/planning, management, and presentation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and supervision skills managing multicultural, multi-country, and high-performing teams.

  • Proven ability to establish close, trusting relationships with IPs, host government officials, and other donors.

  • Considerable experience in organizational capacity development, holistic organizational learning and/or organizational development approaches such as CLA.

  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation.

  • Significant relevant experience, preferably in comparable settings.

  • Required to have oral and written communication and presentations skills equivalent to tested FSI R4/S4 in both French and English.


This position is contingent upon contract award and funding. The expected period of performance is an estimated 5 years (duration of the program).


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

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.

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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