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CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the USAID-funded Market Based Resilience for Marginalized Populations (MB-RMP) activity. The activity seeks to accelerate economic recovery in south-west Somalia by increasing individual, household, community, and systemic resilience through rural and urban economic diversification. This procurement is $65 million over 5 years. This position is contingent upon award and funding. International candidates are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Friday December 10, 2021

The DCOP supports the COP and acts for the COP as needed and leads the development of high-quality and practical project implementation plans that meet the technical expectations of the project theory of change. The DCOP coordinates technical team leads, ensuring the incorporation of professional design thinking and human-centered design approaches during all intervention planning and adaptation. The DCOP represents the project in steering committees, technical working groups, etc. The DCOP will lead development of implementation plans, identify, and resolve challenges and promote ongoing learning and quality improvements throughout the life of the project.

The DCOP will partner with the Chief of Party to guarantee quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout the project’s duration. Specifically, they will be the overall lead on strategy development and implementation and provide oversight and technical guidance to resolve challenges in implementation of the program’s theory of change, results framework, monitoring and evaluation framework, and work plans.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Lead and supervise a team of up to six technical advisors to develop and routinely enhance the program's implementation plan and standards.
  • Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and budgets) and implementation of the project in line with state-of-the art strategies, technical standards, adaptive management approaches, and CARE priorities and program principles.
  • Serve as a member of the program’s Senior Management Team (SMT) to define strategic orientations, develop team-based work processes, and ensure timely achievement of performance targets through good stewardship of project resources and effective feedback between monitoring and decision making. Direct activities of the Project Coordination Team (PCT), which is composed of project technical and support staff.
  • Build and manage strong working relationships with all the project partners to ensure the implementation plan is applied consistently and with a high degree of quality.
  • Facilitate the resolution of technical issues amongst partners and foster a healthy partnership team.
  • Collaborate with a variety of external technical stakeholders and partners to integrate their expertise with relevant project components.
  • Ensure efficient use of project resources, adherence to USAID and CARE standards and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Facilitate detailed implementation plans for CARE’s operational areas and work closely with project partners to ensure the completeness and adequacy of partners’ implementation plans.
  • Support financial management of program activities, in coordination with the Operations Team.
  • Build and sustain close partnerships with key project stakeholders, including Government of Somalia officials, State officials and local authorities, senior management of the collaborating programs like Locally Legitimate Stabilization (LLS), USAID, and others. Represent the project and CARE at high-level external project meetings with same.
  • Support technical capacity building of local partner organizations.
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Party, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting and competence for the effective scale up of program interventions to meet established programmatic and financial targets and timeframes.


  • Master’s degree in business, economics, or other relevant field, or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 3 additional years of relevant experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years implementing complex development assistance, business start-up or professional human centered design services in developing countries.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in Somalia or similar contexts in a management position involving staff supervision and project implementation.
  • Demonstrable experience regularly leading project or product designs, utilizing professional design thinking and/or human centered design processes; experience working for a professional design firm preferred.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following: rural development, food and nutrition security programming, livelihood, and market systems development, and/or natural resources management.
  • Minimum of 5 years working in a management capacity on USAID development projects and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming. Strong understanding of gender dynamics in Somalia or similar context.
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative, creative, and innovative.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing local and international staff and consultants in a diverse, multi-cultural team.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills.
  • Ability to travel to project areas as required and as the security and Covid-19 situations allow.

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