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Chief of Party, Mekong River Basin Climate Change Adaptation

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Last Date: May 27, 2011

Title: Chief of Party, Mekong River Basin Climate Change Adaptation
Department: Programs
Supervisor: Vice President for Asia

Pact values and supports a diverse work environment.

Position Summary: Pact seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year, USAID Mekong River Basin Climate Change Adaptation project with the following objectives: strengthening human and institutional capacity to develop and implement climate change adaptation plans and strategies; strengthening policies, tools, methodologies, and practices for ecosystem services valuation and climate resiliency; demonstrating and scaling up model actions for integrated approaches to climate change adaptation; and strengthening and sustaining regional learning networks to share and replicate best practices.

NOTE: This position is for inclusion in an upcoming proposal submission and is contingent on award of funding.

Core Values: Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution:
• all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
• gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
• resources are allocated in a transparent manner, guided by accountability to our clients and Pact’s role as steward of resources intended for the poor
• diversity in background, gender and age strengthen our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds
• teamwork and collaboration shape our day-to-day working relationships
• innovation and risk taking to achieve impact and broad scaleable results drive strategic priorities
• gathering and sharing information are primary roles for all employees
• staff growth and advancement are a priority, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology
• a healthy balance between work and life outside of work must be maintained for work satisfaction and fulfillment

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Rapid roll-out and supervision of field office activities. This includes hiring and management of field staff, subcontractors and consultants;
• Ensure high-quality programming through technical guidance and support that is grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adheres to expected technical quality and reporting requirements;
• Planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans, operating budgets, etc.;
• Guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve quarterly budgets and reports
• Supervision of program monitoring, evaluating, and reporting;
• Act as liaison to donor and governments;
• Supervise technical, financial, grants and contracts and M&E staff;
• Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies and regulations.

• Demonstrated experience in project implementation and management, ideally related to a complex climate resilience program involving multiple actors;
• A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a high profile, fast paced environment;
• Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks;
• Ability to provide the financial management and oversight necessary to successfully execute a large-scale program in a difficult operating environment;
• Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database skills;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to manage local staff;
• Practical knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, specifically managing CPFF contracts; and
• Demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain systems and procedures for managing programs with many implementation sites, partners and beneficiaries.

Education and Experience Requirements:
• Advanced degree in climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness, agriculture, or relevant area
• Minimum 10 years experience managing complex programs in the climate change sector
• Prior experience as a chief of party under a USAID-funded program, specifically under a CPFF contract
• Professional experience in Southeast Asia
• Demonstrated experience supervising and managing staff
• Fluency in English required
• Knowledge of a relevant Asian language preferred.
Disclaimer: This job description summarizes the responsibilities assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Employment at Pact is a voluntary ”at will” relationship.

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