ACDI/VOCA

Chief of Party, Laos

Job Location
LA-Vientiane
Type
Long-term

Overview

Chief of Party, Laos

 

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year, $10-25 million USAID-funded enterprise development project in Laos. The Microenterprise activity will provide support to microenterprises, including those in the agricultural sector to access economic opportunity. The activities might include support to microfinance institutions to improve access to financial services that are tailored to the needs of microenterprises; reduce regulatory, policy, and barriers that limited growth opportunities for microenterprises; build capacity to microenterprises to improve quality, productivity and market potential as well as increase access to new markets. The Chief of Party should have proven experience leading project teams and implementing integrated programs that address inclusive business solutions to sustainable economic growth, enhancing private sector growth through small and medium enterprises (SMEs), expanding investment opportunities, and enhancing financial services for small business owners. This project is funded by USAID and is envisioned to start in 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Provide overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project’s implementation for project staff in Laos, partnering organizations, host government, other donors, and stakeholders.
  • Lead strategic development and oversight for leveraging capital to foster business development and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Ensures quality monitoring and evaluation, regularly evaluate project results, and guide project implementation to achieve maximum impact.
  • Oversee management of subcontracts/grants with international and local organizations to ensure full project integration and that deliverable targets are met.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of annual work plans, regular progress reports, and achievement of program results to USAID.
  • Oversee the project’s financial compliance and procedures, ensuring compliance with established ACDI/VOCA’s accounting principles and USAID regulations.
  • Coordinate regularly with ACDI/VOCA’s headquarters office in Washington, DC, and represent the organization at relevant events and meetings with government officials and the donor community.

Qualifications

  • University degree in economics, finance, marketing, business administration, agribusiness, or related area, master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in international development, agriculture development, financial services, microenterprise development, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as Chief of Party, Project Director, or similar senior management position for projects with similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries is preferred.
  • Experience with USAID programs and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations desired.
  • Previous experience working in Laos or the region strongly preferred.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the business and investment challenges and opportunities that emerging markets present, and a passion for using market-based approaches to solve complex development problems.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to adaptively manage projects and partners in complex environments.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

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