Chief of Party, USAID Timor-Leste Civil Society Strengthening Program

Location: Timor-Leste
Deadline: February 8, 2019

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. The Foundation seeks an experienced chief of party (COP) for an anticipated multi-year, $4 to 10 million Strengthening Organizational Capacity of Local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will build a foundation for a solid civil society sector in Timor-Leste by providing organizational development and funding for CSO programs.

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the program. The COP must have at least ten years of demonstrated experience managing civil society strengthening-related programs, including in a post-conflict environment, as well as a minimum of a master’s degree in a related field. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. The COP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program. S/he will have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level government officials, and international agencies. The candidate must also have a proven track record of working effectively with diverse groups of CSOs and media. Given the complexity and scope of this program, it is critical that the COP exhibit effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot. The COP should have thorough knowledge of USAID procedures and policies, agreement compliance, financial planning and management, procurement, sub-award/sub-contract management, and other management support areas/functions, including the ability to manage multidisciplinary teams. Experience and familiarity with the political, economic, social, and cultural context of Timor-Leste is required. The COP will be based in Dili, Timor-Leste.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID for procedural and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting; effective and efficient budget management and execution; and other management-related requirements of the cooperative agreement;
  • Provide technical leadership for program activities including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities;
  • Build and manage relationships with partners and USAID counterparts in Dili, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the program’s performance and direction; and
  • Supervise a multi-cultural team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas (e.g. civil society strengthening, research, monitoring and evaluation, etc.).


  • Minimum of a master’s degree in international development, governance and civil society, public policy, social science, or a related field of study;
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international development, with at least five years of senior managerial-level experience in a developing country, preferably in Timor-Leste or Southeast Asia;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience working effectively with senior government officials/agencies, civil society, local, and national government authorities and with USAID and/or other development partners and donors;
  • Demonstrated leadership/managerial, technical, and administrative skills in program management, including effectively managing budgets/program finances and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts, and achieving success in complex activities, preferably in Timor-Leste or Southeast Asia;
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with the political, economic, social, and cultural context of Timor-Leste;
  • Demonstrated experience working across ethnic, religious, and language identify groups, as well as marginalized groups such as women, youth, and persons with disabilities;
  • Proven effectiveness in relationships with counterparts, partners, and clients, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Previous experience managing US Government-funded programs of similar scale and scope, including in particular USAID programs, highly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in Tetun a plus.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by February 8, 2019 to with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


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