Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chief of Party (ASM) DRC

Chief of Party Summary The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for the overall coordination and management of an anticipated multi-year program that will promote sustainable economic development in Eastern DRC and other mineral-rich provinces through strategic support to the Artisanal- and Small-scale Mining (ASM) sector. The G and C Manager and other staff will work closely with the DRC Ministry of Mines, related ministries and other entities to prioritize short-, medium-, and long-term actions that address the main challenges and opportunities for reforming the ASM. The program’s scope is part of a broader strategy to revitalize mining in DRC and will include the country’s main mined minerals. It is expected that the program will enable the government of DRC to carry out essential reforms in the ASM sector as well as broader changes to the overall mining sector which will contribute to:

• Better governance and management of the ASM sector; • Improved operating environment for artisanal miners; • Livelihood diversification in ASM areas; • An improved revenue base for the government from the mining sector; and • Clear policies and measures to address the most important negative externalities of the ASM sector in DRC, in particular child labor, the precarious role of women, environmental degradation, and the spread of infectious diseases (esp. HIV/AIDS).

The COP is responsible for meeting the project’s technical objectives, managing financial resources, program staff, partnering agreements, and donor reporting as well as maintaining good working relationships with host government officials and local partners and ensuring high-quality delivery and services. The COP reports to a Country Director or a Regional Vice President. Illustrative Duties and Responsibilities • Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements; • Participate in the technical and programmatic design of award and partner programs; • Represent Pact in negotiating with donors and partners; • Manage all project planning responsibilities including the production of annual work plans • Guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports; • Ensure the cost-effective use of Pact resources; • Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies and regulations; • Act as liaison to relevant donors and the local government; • Manage all local grant making mechanisms ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Pact policy and coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs; • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations; • 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.

Minimum Qualifications: • BA and at least 8 years of relevant experience (or equivalent); • Willingness and ability to be posted in the DRC with regular travel to artisanal mines and other remote areas; • Proficiency in English and French.

Preference for: • Advanced degree in Business or Public Administration, Law, Mining Engineering or other relevant field; • 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 beneficiaries; • Ability to provide the financial management and oversight necessary to successfully execute a large-scale program; • In depth knowledge of the World Bank, DFID and/or other donor regulations, systems and procedures; • Diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex priorities;

Skills and Abilities Leadership • Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations; • Deep understanding of Pact’s strategy and how efforts contribute to the greater good; • Consistently work within internal process and procedures; • Strong interpersonal, team-building and mentoring skills; • Proactive engagement in corporate initiatives; • Demonstrated proficiency in supervising staff including providing honest feedback; • Comfortable and effective in interactions with senior figures in government/corporate entities;

Project Management • Strong planning and time management skills; • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences; • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues; • Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities; • Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills.

Technical Skills • Strong experience in mineral sector development and governance particularly in ASM and/or mineral extraction and trade in high-risk environments; • Strong knowledge and understanding of local and international policies and regulations that affect the extractive industries;

Disclaimer: This job description summarizes the responsibilities assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Employment at Pact is a voluntary “at will” relationship.

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