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Chief of Party, USAID/Mali Feed the Future

Project Management
International Development Group
190KU Requisition #

Position Summary

RTI International’s Food Security and Agriculture Division (FS & Ag) works to meet the extraordinary challenge of feeding a growing global population while utilizing fewer resources. As a cross-institute collaborative effort helping to realize Vision 2025, FS &A g integrates expertise from across RTI to: strengthen food and agricultural systems; increase food safety; improve nutrition for both obese and undernourished populations; and support increased economic opportunities, especially for women and youth.


The FS & Ag Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Feet the Future project in Mali. This is an anticipated five-year project with a budget between $25,000,000 and $30,000,000. This position will be a full-time role based in Bamako, Mali.


The COP has primary responsibility for project performance and budget management and directs the planning, supervision and coordination of all project activities and staff. The COP will manage customer relations and serve as RTI's primary liaison with the customer and stakeholders in the country.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Mali.

  • Provide overall leadership and manage the Contractor’s efforts to achieve the activity results.

  • Guide day-to-day implementation and management to ensure timely, relevant, high quality services of the contract.

  • Have overall responsibility for assuring that all assistance provided under the contract if technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed.

  • Supervise the work of all personnel assigned tasks under the activity.

  • Ensure timely, accurate, and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the activity.

  • Ensure the USAID-compliance integrity of activity operations.

  • Responsibility for facilitating communication and close coordination with all stakeholders of the activity, including the government of Mali.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
Education and Experience 
  • Master's degree in agriculture, agribusiness, business administration, economics or a similar field, with at least 12 years of relevant professional experience, or bachelor’s degree with 16 years of experience.

  • Previous experience in managing West African donor-funded projects of similar size and complexity, Mali experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in value chain development activities of market systems.

  • Strong knowledge of USG rules and regulations (especially USAID).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive technical expertise in one or more of the following: private sector engagement, economic growth, financial inclusion, market systems, project operations, or resilience.

  • Reputation for professional excellence including outstanding strategic planning and management skills (as evidenced by references and achievements.)

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to establish strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.

  • Verbal and written fluency in French and English, along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills, required.

Position is contingent upon award and funding.

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