At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems and transforming markets into a force for development.Project Overview
Pact is recruiting a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Sri Lanka, Civil Society Organization Program. The program will strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) technical capacity, financial sustainability, and ability to constructively engage the public and the government as a key driver of reform in Sri Lanka. This program will seek to build cooperation among CSOs, including between Colombo and provincial-level CSOs, and expand CSO partnerships and consultative processes with the Government of Sri Lanka to improve the civil society enabling environment and secure space for civil society engagement on policy reforms.
The DCOP is an executive level position responsible for working with the Chief of Party (COP) and the technical team in daily operations. This includes support to meet the project’s technical objectives; manage financial resources and program staff; manage partner coordination; maintain good working relationships with host government officials, stakeholders, and local partners; manage donor reporting; and ensure high-quality delivery of services. This position is contingent upon award.
The DCOP reports to the COP. Key Responsibilities
- Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on staff supervision and partner support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements.
- Contribute to project planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; and review annual budgets and quarterly reports.
- Ensure the cost-effective use of resources.
- Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies, and regulations.
- In coordination with the COP, act as liaison to relevant donors, the local government, and other stakeholders.
- Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity.
- Take the lead in drafting reports, including quarterly and annual reports to USAID.
- Help recruit and directly supervise local project staff in line with Pact HR policies; oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
- Serve as Acting COP in the COP’s absence.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as political science, public policy, or public administration and at least 5 years of relevant experience (or equivalent).
- Knowledge of the political/social context and civil society in Sri Lanka.
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
- Fluency in English.
- Experience managing large, donor-funded programs, with demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain complex systems and procedures involving multiple implementation sites, multiple partners, and diverse staff and beneficiaries.
- In-depth knowledge of USAID and/or other donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
- Experience working in CSO strengthening and supporting civil society advocacy, and political reform, especially in Sri Lanka.
- Fluency in Sinhalese and/or Tamil.
- Ability to provide the financial management and oversight necessary to successfully execute a large-scale program.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders in Sri Lanka.
- Local candidates are encouraged apply.