Chief of Party, Rwanda

International Resources Group (IRG), an Engility company, seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Feed the Future Rwanda Sustainable Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (SFAN) Activity that will increase smallholder farmer incomes, improve household nutritional status, and increase the resilience of the agriculture system to the changing climate. The COP will provide overall leadership management and general technical direction of the program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. S/he will identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he will be the key liaison between USAID/Rwanda and all other counterparts, implementing partners and Government of Rwanda officials involved with the program. The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in developing countries and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines. Experience in Africa strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree in, agriculture, environment, natural resource management, rural development economics, or related field of study or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible international work experience implementing multi-sector development programs with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills.
  • Minimum of 5 years of management experience on projects of similar complexity and size with direct supervision of technical teams and support staff; experience managing a USAID-funded program is highly preferred.
  • Strong technical expertise in agriculture development, and/or natural resources management, climate change, nutrition and proven ability to facilitate and establish private sector partnerships.
  • Experience assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English are required.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills highly preferred.
  • A familiarity with addressing gender equality and climate resilience in agriculture is preferred.