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Chief of Party, India-U.S. Triangular Development Partnership (TriDeP) USAID

Location: India
Deadline: November 2, 2022

The Asia Foundation’s office in New Delhi, India seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India-U.S. Triangular Development Partnership, The TriDep project. The program seeks to enhance USAID’s partnership with the Government of India (GOI) ‘s Development Partnership Administration (DPA) to deliver effective development assistance supporting the mutual objectives of the United States and India in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The Activity will establish partnerships and alliances to support U.S.-India development cooperation activities in third countries in the Indo-Pacific Region. The four-year project began in August 2020 and will end in August 2024.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID for contract, procedural, and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related contract requirements.
  • Provide technical leadership for project activities, including conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities.
  • Build and manage relationships with government counterparts in India, primarily the Ministry of External Affairs/DPA, and Indian Missions in the Indo-Pacific region, including meeting and regularly consulting with GoI counterparts regarding the project’s performance and direction.
  • Build and manage relationships with USAID counterparts in India and other USAID Missions in the Indo-Pacific region, including meeting and regularly consulting with USAID regarding the project’s performance and direction.
  • Ensure efficient management and coordination of implementing and local partners across the region.
  • Foster effective coordination amongst various TAF country offices to implement triangular cooperation projects.
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas.
  • Establish strong working relationships and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including the USG and GOI, government representatives in India and partner countries, other donors, and private sector interests across the Indo-Pacific and the US.
  • Provide strategic planning, adaptive management, supervision, and budgeting oversight.
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID and TAF rules and regulations.
  • Ensure gender equality and social inclusion, and local capacity building.
  • Ensure adherence to value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in India.

Reporting and Internal and External Relationship

  • The COP will be supervised by the Asia Foundation’s India Country Representative (CR).
  • The COP will be directly responsible for coordinating with the USAID-designated AOR on all program-related interventions.
  • The COP will closely consult CR on all representational issues and seek the guidance of the CR on technical and operational matters as required.
  • The COP will be responsible for day-to-day supervision of the team delegated to the project
  • The COP will manage all long- and short-term consultants hired to support program activities.
  • The hiring of the program team and consultants will be done in consultation with the CR
  • The COP will closely coordinate with the TAF’s Senior Director of International Cooperation on the project’s regional, multi-country activities.
  • The COP may be required to perform any other activities by the CR supporting the Foundations work and the program.

Qualifications

The successful applicant will be based in New Delhi, India, and will be responsible for overall project management, including leadership and guidance for the project team; developing and implementing work plans; overseeing operational budgets and performance monitoring plans; liaising with USAID and DPA counterparts, key government stakeholders, and other donors and partner organizations; identifying and mitigating project risks; and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The COP will supervise key project staff and implementing partners and ensure compliance with the ethical standards, procedures, and policies enshrined in USAID and TAF rules and regulations.

  • Expected to have strategic vision, strong leadership qualities, depth, and breadth
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of eight 12 years of work experience and technical expertise in south-south and triangular cooperation or Indian development cooperation.
  • Should have adequate knowledge about and understanding of technical institutes and centers of excellence operating in India and the Indo pacific region dealing with issues around disaster risk reduction, climate-smart agriculture, and renewable energy.
  • Experience in implementing USAID projects and other bilateral projects in India or other relevant countries in Asia.
  • Proven experience in handling multi-stakeholder projects involving government and non-government technical stakeholders.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills in English to fulfill the role’s diverse technical and managerial requirements. Added knowledge of Hindi would be highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in USAID budgeting, financial reporting procedures, and assistance regulations.
  • Experience in adaptive management and iterative approaches for program implementation is desirable.