Chief of Party – USAID- Dar es salaam

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment, and research. FHI 360 operates from over 60 offices with more than 4000 employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities, and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions.


FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Cross-Sectoral Youth Empowerment Activity in Tanzania. The activity is expected to provide holistic and tailored integrated support to youth in Tanzania that increases their access to basic education, life skills, entrepreneurship skills, improve health outcomes and strengthen community engagement while ensuring interventions are youth-owned, youth-led and youth-managed.


Job Summary:


The COP will provide leadership and oversight for a consortium of international and national partners with a focus on managing project timelines, budgets and deliverables, ensuring compliance with funder and national regulations, and fostering a safe and equitable working environment. The COP will be the primary liaison with the funder, government officials, and other key stakeholders. He or she will be expected to identify challenges and risks and work with other key personnel to adapt programming in a complex operating environment.


The COP will be responsible for developing and maintaining the overall technical vision, strategy, and direction of the project, assuming responsibility for design, delivery, and progress against the approved work plan, and reporting against performance monitoring plan. The COP will work with the senior management team to ensure overall planning, implementing, and managing of the project and establishing the administrative framework to monitor and assure progress toward achieving project goals and objectives. The COP will regularly interface with USAID on management and decision-making while ensuring that activities are meeting USAID and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated. The COP will be responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all programs technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines; assisting with analysis and communications regarding resource management; and ensuring coordination with Mission and other donor initiatives. S/he will serve as the leadership and public face of project initiatives in public communication, outreach, and networking. S/he will be expected to identify issues and risks related to the activity implementation in a timely manner, and to suggest appropriate activity adjustments. The COP will serve as the project’s principal contact point for USAID and will be the project’s main in-country contact for government counterparts, donors, local partners, media, private sector partners, and civil society.

The position will be resident based in Dar es Salaam. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.


Job Description:

  • Provide overall technical leadership management and general technical direction for the design and implementation of project activities
  • Responsible for design, delivery, and progress against approved work plan and reporting against performance monitoring plan
  • Responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all programs technical and financial deliverables and reports, in accordance with USAID guidelines
  • Ensure an integrated project vision among staff and subcontractors
  • Serve as principal liaison with USAID/Tanzania, government counterparts, donors, local partners, and community stakeholders, and build effective relationships with all key stakeholders.
  • Lead and support technical specialists in the development of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as GOJ ministries, other USAID-funded projects, civil society actors, and the private sector.
  • Oversee financial and administrative management of the program, ensuring compliance with USAID and FHI 360 rules and regulations.
  • Supervise the development and submission of program deliverables and provide accurate and timely reporting to USG and key stakeholders on all program areas
  • Oversee the establishment of effective project reporting, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and personnel and procurement systems, and ensure that program results are met
  • Manage long-term staff and short-term advisors in a respectful and transparent manner, ensuring achievement of project results
  • Promote sustainability of project activities through linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, international development, education, economics, health, or a related field from an accredited university; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 12 years of experience of relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with activities that are of a similar scope and scale.
  • Experience managing USAID projects (preferably as a Chief of Party) and strong knowledge of USAID programming rules and regulations, grants programs, and monitoring and evaluation policies and procedures.
  • Experience working with youth, economic empowerment, livelihoods, health, education and/or community engagement programming. Experience implementing youth programming strongly preferred.
  • Experience living and working in the region preferred; previous experience working in Tanzania highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and understanding of youth barriers and issues in Tanzania
  • Minimum of 8 years in strategic leadership of line management positions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support diverse teams in challenging environments.
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-sectoral programming.
  • Demonstrated experience leading consortia.
  • Strong knowledge of, and commitment to, gender and social equity.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to develop relationships and coordinate with government officials, civil society, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of United States Government rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project compliance and reporting.
  • Fluency in English.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at  for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.


This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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