Creative Associates International
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
This position is for an upcoming education project in Nigeria, which seeks to improve student access to school and literacy outcomes in a language they use and understand in Grades 1-3 in select areas of Nigeria, equitably and sustainably.
The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the project as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Reporting and Supervision:
The Chief of Party reports to the Project Director based in Headquarters and supervises project staff.
- Provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the activity and serves as the primary liaison with USAID on management and technical matters;
- Effectively manage and implement the activity per USAID rules and regulations;
- Lead and coordinate among USAID and ministry institutions and departments as well as other key stakeholders, including USAID implementing partners;
- Supervise activity implementation and ensure the activity meets stated goals and reporting requirements, including n-time submission of all due deliverables to USAID, in compliance with Creative policies and USAID rules and regulations;
- Develop and execute work plans and reports;
- Assure quality of activities, interventions and deliverables, and monitoring and evaluation systems; and
- Hire and manage program staff for effective delivery of program interventions.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Master’s Degree or higher in education planning, public policy, management and administration, social science or related and relevant field. A focus on education policy change implementation, program/project management, curriculum, bilingual education or early grade literacy is preferred;
- At least 10 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory and technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this project is required. (Of these at least 10 of these years must be in a management/leadership position);
- At least 10 years’ experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired, preferably with experience in Western sub-Saharan Africa, preferably with USAID funding;
- Demonstrated experience improving evidence-based education programming, capacity building and professional development, including rural, multilingual, and underserved populations;
- Ample experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement and classroom reforms is required;
- Prior experience in policy advocacy, monitoring and oversight, capacity development in education sector, and experience in awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote education-related goals is preferred;
- Political savvy and experience interacting effectively with numerous ministry institutions and senior-level national and subnational-level government officials;
- Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines; and
- Fluent English; strong oral and written communication skills.
Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.