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Chief of Party

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in civil society, peacebuilding, health, nutrition, education, economic development, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,200 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions.


FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID/RDMA Laos Microenterprise Development Activity that will provide support to micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in Laos, resulting in increased economic opportunity for poor communities, especially rural populations. The expected interventions may include capacity building for enterprises or individuals; support to cooperatives and producer companies; small-scale market infrastructure; increased access to finance for MSEs; and market linkages with local and/or regional markets. These interventions will also aid development and growth of MSEs by empowering their supplier or producer base. In addition to improving incomes, it is expected that this assistance will increase food security and improve health outcomes in some of Laos’ poorest communities.


Job Summary:

The Chief of Party (COP) leads the project and is responsible for achieving the project’s vision and strategy, directing the project technical team, and managing critical relationships with national and international partners and other key stakeholders. The COP has overall programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the project, including achieving project results, effectively communicating accomplishments, making financial reports, and ensuring compliance with all US government and FHI 360 regulations. It is expected that the COP will be located in Vientiane, Laos, with anticipated project-funded travel throughout the country. 


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Oversee all aspects of program implementation and management, and serve as primary contact with USAID and Government of Laos counterparts, local partners and institutions;

·         Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the program and oversee program planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, ensuring overall quality, results and compliance;

·         Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones, objectives, deliverables and targets;

·         Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor program implementation, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high-quality and on-time performance;

·         Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned, and facilitate ongoing project learning and adaptive management;

·         Provide leadership and management to ensure that all project activities are executed in line with and meet the technical standards and expectations of FHI 360 and USAID;

·         Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other deliverables as required by USAID;

·         Provide oversight to all financial and administrative functions undertaken by the program to ensure efficient and effective administrative support;

·         Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with FHI 360 standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;

·         Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with USAID, representatives from the Government of Laos, and subcontractors/implementing partners, and other collaborating institutions and partners;

·         Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of local organizations, such as business service providers, enterprise support organizations and financial institutions.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in agribusiness, banking, business development service management, policy-making, and/or private sector development.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of management experience of projects of similar complexity with a strong track record of meeting targets and deadlines, and demonstrated success managing project teams and support staff.

·         Master’s degree or higher in commerce, economics, finance, business management and administration or related field.

·         Experience managing USAID-funded projects required, and prior Chief of Party experience preferred.

·         Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, and ability to create synergies where applicable.

·         Demonstrated ability to think strategically, lead teams and make high-level decisions.

·         Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills with demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations, as well as mentor national staff.

·         Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with USAID, host government, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders.

·         Experience with USAID and/or other approaches to MSE development, access to finance, income generation, business enabling environment support, and strengthened market system and value chain linkages.

·         Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are required.

·         Experience working in Laos and/or Southeast Asia region highly desired.

·         Excellent oral and written English communication skills; knowledge of Laotian and/or French is 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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FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

Feb 9th 2018

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