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Chief of Party – Zambia District Governance
State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID)

Job Opportunity Description:

The State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of democracy and governance with more than 30 years of experience managing more than $300 million dollars in funded projects.

The State University of New York/Center for International Development is seeking a Chief of Party for the USAID-funded District Governance program planned to be released in FY 2020. Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise managing donor-funded projects and technical expertise in local governance, decentralization, rural development and government service delivery.


  • Provide programmatic and administrative leadership of the project.
  • Serve as the project’s representative with USAID, host government institutions at both national and subnational levels, local partners, CSOs, and other local stakeholders.
  • Oversee project strategic planning, work plan preparation, implementation and performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Direct, manage and supervise field office staff and field office operations in accordance with US government regulations.
  • Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support
  • Liaise with donors and other donor-funded projects
  • Provide technical expertise in areas that may include:
    • Local Governance, Decentralization and/or Devolution
    • Rural Development
    • Public Sector Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight
    • Public financial management, planning, and budgeting
    • Inclusive Public Participation
    • Civil Society Strengthening/Citizen Engagement
    • Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning, and Adaptation (MERLA)


  • Advanced university degree in public administration, political science, law, government, international development, or similar field is required.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of democracy and governance.
  • Experience implementing large, complex, US Government-funded governance projects.
  • Prior experience as a Chief of Party with a US Government-funded project is preferred.
  • Experience in one or more of the following technical areas are required: local governance, decentralization, rural development or government service delivery.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience in the Eastern or Southern Africa region is preferred.
  • Fluency in English required.

To apply, please e-mail the following:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to by January 20, 2020. Please include “Chief of Party – Zambia” in the subject line of your transmission. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Posted: September 9, 2019