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Work Location : Mozambique - Maputo Type of Post : Accompanied - Family                  


Expected Travel : up to 40% Type of Contract : 

Language Requirement : ENGLISH; PORTUGUESE IS AN ADVANTAGE Application Deadline : 5/15/20

Employee Duration : Active Full-Time

CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated USDA-funded McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition project in Mozambique. This procurement is expected to be a cooperative agreement in the $20M range.

The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant senior experience managing program, financial, and operations of USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education projects- or other international donor-funded projects, particularly those involving food security and/or distribution of United Stated Government food aid.

The project is expected to begin in October 2020, subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances may be available. This position will be based in Maputo.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with USDA, the Government of Mozambique, project partners, and other key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Ensure strategic and multi-sectoral partnerships with Ministries of Education, Agriculture, Health and relevant others.
  • Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders and maintain strong partnership and relations with government.
  • Lead advocacy initiatives with government partners at national and subnational levels.
  • Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USDA’s annual planning cycles, including periodic reporting on community management, project activities, project outcomes, and progress towards sustainability.
  • Ensure that all resources are managed in accordance with USDA McGovern-Dole program standards and requirements.
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance. 


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in management of food security or education programs, preferably involving food aid commodities and education (USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education program management preferred).
  • Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on USG-funded food and nutrition security program(s) involving food aid commodities and education.
  • Proven track record in sound educational programming, preferably with a focus on improving literacy and student’s learning outcomes, as well as experience with multi-sectoral programming inclusive of nutrition, maternal and child health, literacy, and WASH.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus.
  • Previous experience in Mozambique or Southern Africa is a strong advantage.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required; professional proficiency in Portuguese is an advantage.

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