Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Deputy Project Director (Innovation for Change Program)

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
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  • Overview

    Counterpart International is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party to assist with the Civil Society Innovation Initiative Project (CSII), a strategic initiative supported by multiple donors, including USAID. This is a full-time, one-year term position based in Arlington, VA, with a possibility for extension.


    CSII’s primary objective is to serve as a demand-driven technical and resource lab for seven regional Innovation Hubs that launched in 2016. In addition, the initiative is in the process of operationalizing the global infrastructure for the CSII Hubs network, including its convening, communications, learning, innovation, and impact scaling architecture and resources, in collaboration with and as envisioned by regional Innovation Hubs.  


    The initiative, which has reached the incubation phase through a year-long global co-creation/design process, operates based on a human-centered design and social innovation methodologies. As such, the nature of the work over the next year will adhere to similar principles. The core team will work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, and iterative manner, within a flat management structure. Team members are expected to be forward thinking, entrepreneurial, and inquisitive; they should also feel comfortable and be confident in navigating through a high degree of ambiguity, to create the most responsive systems and products for this global effort.


    Counterpart International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to support the Chief of Party in day-to-day management of all aspects of project implementation (technical, financial, compliance) as well as proactively build strategic alliance with USAID, other partners supporting the network, and the leadership of each of the hubs. The DCOP will provide vision and technical leadership on issues surrounding closing civic space, support to regional networks, implementation of developmental evaluation across the network. The DCOP will support the Chief of Party in overall project responsibilities, specifically in developing program strategies, tracking and reporting on the program monitoring and evaluation plan, managing the quarterly report process, planning and implementation of program activities while ensuring cohesion among the program partners, providing technical support, staff management and development, and high-standard reporting to the donor. S/he will also be responsible for building relations and coordinating with key stakeholders, including USAID, civic space donors and partners, and local and regional network partners.


    • Support the Chief of Party in the overall management of the program.
    • Provide technical direction and oversight in the areas of closing civic space concerns, social accountability, gender inclusion, advocacy and communications, along with developmental evaluation and grants management.
    • Maintain and extend the network developmental evaluation work, including the creation of a network-wide community of practice to support long term developmental evaluation efforts.
    • Provide oversight for contractor support and verify the quality of their work
    • Support the development of regional hub work plans across the network, including support for regional and global governance processes established. 
    • Ensure program implementation is in compliance with Counterpart’s policies/procedures, and USAID rules/regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.
    • Ensure program quality assurance and impact assessment through an innovative developmental evaluation process, with knowledge capture through regional webinars and periodic assessments.
    • Manage the quarterly report process, including communications with regional hubs and partners in order to collect relevant data in production of a high-quality report, with success stories and attachments.
    • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff.
    • Represent Counterpart to USAID, international partners and national governmental authorities, network governance bodies, CSO network members from across the globe, and other donor organizations.


    • Minimum 10 years of related experience and Bachelor's degree or combination of education and experience. Minimum of (5) years of relevant work experience working on monitoring and evaluation, with some experience in implementing developmental evaluation methodologies
    • Minimum of (5) years of relevant work experience working with networks in international development
    • Minimum of (5) years supervisory experience
    • Proficiency in visual/graphic design and content management.
    • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with attention to detail.
    • Ability to work creatively using innovation principles, and problem solve in fluid situations.
    • Ability to work in multi-cultural and lingual settings.
    • Demonstrated leadership, management, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated experience working on closing civic space concerns
    • Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing USAID funded projects.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong internet and computer software skills, including MS Office Suite program/Office 365, Google Apps, and web-based project management tools including Slack and Trello.
    • Fluency in Arabic, French or Portuguese preferred
    • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally


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