Deputy Chief of Party / Deputy Program
United Nations PakistanFull time Full day
The Community Resilience Activity-North (CRA-N) Project is designed to support community level resilience development and conflict prevention activities within the newly merged districts (NMD’s) of Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and Orakzai Districts within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province; CRA-N will pursue a multi-disciplinary and community participatory approach and will work in close coordination with the Government of Pakistan (GoP) at the regional and district level. The Deputy Chief of Party will be working under the direct leadership and overall supervision of the CRA-North Chief of Party. The Deputy Chief of Party will strengthen CRA-N’s abilities to develop and apply evidence-based resilience programming solutions to support the reintegration of Temporarily Displaced Persons, enhance community cohesion and increase civic engagement, while reducing marginalization and increasing resilience amongst remote communities within the newly merged districts. The Deputy Chief of Party will provide technical leadership, administrative support and expertise to the program, while also responsible for building partnerships with key stakeholders; ensuring that all programmatic, financial, administrative and logistical responsibilities for the resilience programming are in accordance with IOM and USAID guidelines, policies and procedures.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES:
Oversee and implement the programmatic, financial, administrative and logistical components for CRA-North’s resilience programming activities; ensuring that these activities are in accordance with both IOM and USAID standards and operating modalities.
Responsible for designing programmatic strategies and resource allocations in accordance with the community resilience requirements within the target districts of Khyber, Kurram, North Waziristan and Orakzai Districts.
Supervise and coordinate the daily work of the Regional Team Leader & District Team Leaders, ensuring that programmatic strategies, implementation modalities and systems are aligned with overall CRA-North project objectives and Donor’s expectations.
Proactively monitor and support the identification of resilience interventions inclusive of background information, objectives, theory of change, implementation plans, modifications/amendments and close out, in accordance with the CRA-North Grants Department and M&E Department guidelines.
Responsible for oversight of reporting requirements, whether internal Bi-Weekly Reports, Stakeholder Monthly Updates, Impact Pieces or donor Quarterly Submissions. The DCOP will ensure that the report narratives and financial data properly reflect the programmatic progress; while also ensuring regular and proactive coordination with program counterparts and stakeholders.
Responsible for assisting program personnel to consistently review and capture CRA-North Intermediate Results within their programmatic workplans, strategies and implementation overview; in line with our overall results framework. Provide day-to-day guidance, mentoring and problem solving to personnel, ensuring quality assurance.
Support the Grant’s Department efforts in performance monitoring, ensuring compliance with the CRA-N and donor approved Activity Cycle Handbook and regular review of progress against established performance indicators. Consistently review grant funded resilience intervention procedures to identify potential bottlenecks and delays in implementation procedures and recommend improvements to enhance programmatic efficiencies.
Proactively engage in Civil Society Organization (CSO) and Community Based Organization (CBO) identification and collaboration and implementation within the target districts; while ensuring that the project’s resilience programming includes key cross cutting components related to gender mainstreaming and youth engagement.
Oversight and management of the regional and district team workplans, ensuring that appropriate levels of technical assistance are provided to ensure that community resilience interventions are effectively designed and implemented. Enforce and strengthen anti-corruption measures and ensure the transparent use of donor funds.
Responsible for ensuring data quality, integrity, precision, validity, reliability and timeliness as required by the CRA-N Grants Department; while also recording all internal lessons learned and programmatic recommendations.
In accordance with IOM Security Guidelines, undertake regularly scheduled field missions within the target districts to ensure oversight of the programmatic activities; while also building relationships with district-based partners and stakeholders.
Liaise with international and national counterparts to the further the development and enhance the objectives of the CRA-North project. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian/development partners and government entities.
Assist in organizing and maintaining Program Department records and documentation, maintain departmental databases, track grant activity progress, while also support the production of scheduled programmatic deliverables and reports.
Serve as a key member of the CRA-North Senior Management Team, ensuring a critical role in contributing to the program’s overall strategic approach through evidence-based decision-making processes; while providing advice and guidance in programmatic decision making in line with existing IOM and USAID guidelines and frameworks.
Develop and maintain strategic relationships with program donor, stakeholders and partners, ensuring a clear and comprehensive understanding of the CRA-North resilience programming objectives and progress against defined programmatic indicators.
Required to travel to Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan in line with programmatic requirements.
Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Conflict Resolution, Finance, Business, Economic Development, Social Sciences, Humanities or a related field with 7 years of relevant professional experience; or 5 years of experience with a master’s degree.
Relevant senior level professional experience working with civil society organizations and peace building processes, ideally within a conflict or a post-conflict setting; preferably with experience in community development, grants management, identification and addressing community resilience gaps and understanding how to strengthen community cohesion.
Demonstrated experience in leadership positions on USAID funded programs, with experience in managing/oversight of grants under contract preferred.
Extensive project management leadership experience, including applying collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA) principles, knowledge management and communications and monitoring, evaluation and learning, including documenting project performance; evaluating subcontractor and grantee activities and providing overall operational direction.
Prior experience as a Team Manager, Deputy Project Director, Deputy Chief of party or Senior Technical Advisor working on complex resilience focused donor funded activities is strongly preferred; with a clear record of managing resilience focused programming.
Proven experience in report writing, editing and critical thinking.
Capacity to understand and analyze the local, district and regional implementation environment and how this environment caters to the effective design and implementation of community resilience focused programming suitable to the geographical, cultural and political context.
Knowledge of the newly merged districts (NMD’s) geography, culture and government structure is a distinct advantage.
Knowledge and experience working with USAID, IOM and/or other UN Agencies is preferred.
Experience in grants documentation research, including management and coordination of information flows and data management including collecting, storing, processing, and analysing grants data to generate required reports.
Ability to analyse data by using standard tabulation and statistical software packages (SPSS, Tableau, Power BI etc.) is desirable.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Urdu, with proficiency in Pashto considered a distinct advantage.
Qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis skills
Team management, motivation and performance evaluation
Written and verbal communication skills
Expertise in Microsoft office suite software, specifically, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Teams
Excellent interpersonal skills and possesses the ability to work effectively with others in a cross-cultural and fragile environment.
Fluency in English & Urdu
Only Pakistani nationals can apply for this position.
We would encourage Female candidates to apply.
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