Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.
Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.
Pact seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Basiki ni Tagne Kunafoni (Information for Peace and Development) Activity, an Associate Award under the Civil Society and Media-Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) Africa & Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement. Mali STAND aims to address information integrity in the Malian information ecosystem by enhancing publicly available content that provides timely, relevant, and accurate information to Malian citizens; and to use data-driven approaches that promote media literacy, mitigate harm from inaccurate information, and optimize the reach of quality information. This is anticipated to be a two-year activity and the position will be based in Bamako, Mali. This position is contingent upon award
The COP will be responsible for technical leadership and the overall management and operations of the Activity. The COP will supervise high-quality project implementation, with a focus on achieving the project goals and USAID development strategy and objectives. The COP will take a leadership role in the coordination of all activities across all relevant parties, including USAID, host country counterparts, other institutional donors including the U.S. Department of State, United Nations, National Endowment for Democracy, local and regional civil society organizations, key stakeholders, and implementing partners. The COP will be responsible for the overall management of the Activity and oversees project staff and sub-partners for results-oriented planning, and coordination of project activities.
The specific duties to be carried out by the successful candidate are listed below:
- Ensure high-quality, results-oriented technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the project’s strategic objectives and approved annual workplans.
- Serve as the primary liaison with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) on management and technical matters as well as coordinate with USAID/Mali’s Peace, Democracy, and Governance Office, other USAID implementing partners, and other donors to complement efforts.
- Ensure compliance with USAID rules/regulations and Pact processes.
- Ensure that the project meets stated goals, outcomes, benchmarks, and reporting requirements and oversee a complexity-aware monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan.
- Take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, including partners, government stakeholders, civil society, and other USAID projects.
- Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities across project partners, ensuring successful integration of activities.
- Liaise closely with the Pact country office team to ensure that all project activities are compliant with US Government rules and regulations, as well as consistent with Pact’s policies, procedures, and best practices.
- Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and project budget), monitoring and reporting (i.e., prepare and submit technical, financial and any additional USAID requested reports) in accordance with the highest standards.
- Oversee project budget and work in close coordination with the Finance/Operations Manager to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact’s resources.
- Support the implementation of a highly adaptive, partner-led, context-driven programmatic approach.
- Ensure a responsive and innovative approach to developing the capacity of media actors, youth leaders, and civil society organizations.
- Provide strategic management and oversight of the project’s sub-award portfolio.
- Manage a team of flexible and adaptive employees and oversee evidence-based adjustments in programming to achieve greater impact.
- Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
- Ensure the program meets programmatic and financial targets and makes accurate projections.
- Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Pact’s thought leadership in peace, democracy, governance, media and information integrity, capacity development, and civil society strengthening.
- Serve as security focal person and ensure the safety and security of Pact’s staff and its properties at all times.
- Bachelor's degree and 8+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience includes 4 years of management experience. Masters and 6 years of experience.
- Experience managing USAID contracts/awards with an applied conflict-sensitive approach.
- Demonstrated understanding of information integrity in the Malian information ecosystem, data-driven and technology-based solutions to address disinformation and the role of civil society and media actors in West and Francophone Africa.
- Experience building capacity for civil society organizations and/or media actors in West and Francophone Africa.
- Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to perform and collaborate in complex and politically sensitive project environments.
- Record of successfully building and effectively managing a diverse team of employees and managing multiple international consortium partners.
- Experiencing managing projects with large sub-award pools.
- Ability to work in complex environments, and work with and between different stakeholders, including civil society organizations, media actors, government institutions, private sector entities, practitioners, academics, and US Government agencies.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in problem solving, consensus building, donor coordination and developing functional networks of diverse stakeholders across geographics.
- Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, and policies.
- Fluency in English (oral, writing, and reading)
- Fluency in French (oral, writing, and reading)
- Ability to occasionally travel internationally when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 allow.
- Demonstrated experience managing highly adaptive programs, as well as applying systems-driven approaches and/or thinking and working politically (TWP) principles.
- Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of West and Francophone Africa
- Expertise in media intervention, analytics, countering inaccurate information, and enhancing the capacity and relevance of media actors, including independent sources.
- Conversant with information technology, use of popular social media platforms and media services, and experience in analyzing the veracity of media disseminated to the public.
- Malian or African nationals who lived in West Africa and worked in this topic in the last three years are encouraged to apply.