RTI Call for Chiefs of Party - Various USAID Workforce Development and Higher Education Programs Kenya

RTI Call for Chiefs of Party - Various USAID Workforce Development and Higher Education Programs Kenya

Job Description

RTI International is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for various upcoming USAID-funded workforce development, youth development, and higher education programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East regions.

Programs are expected to focus on strengthening workforce developmental a systemic level, creating employment opportunities for youth, developing strong partnerships between educational institutes and the private sector, building positive youth development practices, ensuring curriculum enables student’s to gain work-ready and technical skills that address current and future market needs, and improving pedagogy and administration of educational institutes (secondary and tertiary).


  • The COP will be responsible for leading all aspects of project performance, providing technical guidance to all tasks under the project, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences.
  • He/She will ensure close collaboration and teamwork across project components to make sure they complement each other; and will be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the program.
  • Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project; work closely with and directly component leads to ensure integration of interventions across the activity and to secure coordination with stakeholders.
  • Oversee strategic planning, implementation and management of the project; provide all management of project office, activities and operations.
  • Serve as key liaison with the donor, the host government, and implementing partners; and ensure the completion of contractual deliverables.
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, educational institutions, sector associations, private sector, and other donors, with a strong focus on partnerships between educational institutions and the private sector.
  • Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
  • Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the Local Government and RTI home office.
  • Oversee the development, monitoring, and reporting of project
    deliverables and targets as referenced in the project work plan, M&E plan, and project SOW in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
  • Directly supervises and mentors project staff.

  • Master’s degree in education, business, economics, or related field.
  • At least 12 years of experience in the implementation and management of international donor- (including USAID-) funded youth development, workforce and/or private sector development projects with at least 5 years in a senior-level management position.
  • Extensive technical expertise in youth development or workforce development, as well as private sector development sectors.
  • Prior experience in working with technical vocational education and training institutes, higher education institutions, or skills development service providers, and brokering partnerships with the private sector.
  • Experience developing long-term relationships with key stakeholders including client representatives, private sector firms, educational institutions (secondary or tertiary), and government counterparts.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated track record in engaging both the public and the private sector.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Professional fluency in English is required.
  • Second relevant foreign language a plus.
  • Relevant geographic experience, both working and living preferred.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 20th November 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; RTI Call for Chiefs of Party - Various USAID Workforce Development and Higher Education Programs Kenya

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