Chief of Party (COP) – USAID Youth Activity

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Job title: Chief of Party (COP) – USAID Youth Activity

Company: Plan International

Job description: Date: 01-Nov-2020

Location: Dhaka, 3, BD

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International envisages a world in which all children and young people realise their full potential, a vision now shared by the 193 Heads of State and Government who adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. This is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Its girls who are most affected. Plan International’s new Global Strategy aims to transform the lives of 100 million girls by implementing an integrated programme and influence approach. We are dedicated and responsible to act on our and advance our organisational purpose- Advancing Children’s Rights and Equality for Girls demonstrate our commitments to stand for what is right.

Plan International is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded youth empowerment and civic engagement activity in Bangladesh. The project will aim to bolster resilience to violent extremism/ and anti-democratic values; and to provide youth the skills and abilities to advocate for good governance and to improve Bangladesh’s self-reliance. The project will build skills and empower young people for bolstering the confidence and motivation of youth to realize their life-goals and make contributions to Bangladesh governance. It will also foster civic engagement of youth by creating new spaces and leveraging existing opportunities for influencing policy and development practices. The project’s objectives will include: Increase civic awareness and resilience to anti-democratic and violent extremism values; Strengthen youth participation in community-improvements and decision-making processes.

The position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor. This position is open for citizens of Bangladesh and also foreign expert residents with work authorization.

The role and Scope:

The Chief of Party will oversees a project budget of USD 25M+ and is accountable for achieving objectives as per grant agreements and plans.

  • Will oversee all aspects of this project, leading strategic planning and decision making, providing technical guidance, managing the activities of the sub-award recipients, and supervising staff.
  • Serving as the key liaison with USAID, local governments, implementing partners and other stakeholders,
  • Maintaining a close coordination and communication with key departments in Plan International Bangladesh.
  • The COP will also establish and maintain an integrated vision among different actors while ensuring adherence to all project objectives, performance requirements, donor regulations and Plan International Bangladesh policies and procedures.
  • Will oversee coordination of field operations and ensure that activities are meeting The USAID and Plan standards.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for an inspiring and dynamic leader with at least 10 years of relevant experience in leading programs focused on youth leadership and engagement, youth economic empowerment/workforce development, youth civic education, or civil society strengthening. Proven experience in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions Previous experience of leading, planning and implementing USAID funded projects, preferably in Bangladesh; Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior government officials; youth-led groups, community officials, media, civil society, and private sector leaders; international donors; and other stakeholders. Demonstrated knowledge of gender transformative programming and experience in implementing programs with gender-focused components. Strong understanding of the Bangladeshi context and complex socio-cultural norms and practices preferred

Location: Based at Bangladesh Country Office

Closing date: 10 November 2020

This position is open for citizens of Bangladesh and also foreign expert residents with work authorization.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

Expected salary:

Location: Dhaka

Job date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:37:27 GMT

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