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Chief of Party, Countering Wildlife Trafficking and Crime Activity, East Africa

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector in managing their environment and natural resources. We have delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors including: forestry, protected area management, climate chance, economic livelihood development, community engagement, and institutional capacity building.
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded regional countering wildlife trafficking and crime activity in East Africa. The Chief of Party is responsible for project activities and coordination with the Mission and local stakeholders.
The Responsibilities of the Chief of Party include:
  • Effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including high level government officials, civil society organizations, international and local law enforcement agencies, local government units, private sector representatives, local communities, and universities and institutions;
  • Build innovate partnerships and promote sustainable initiatives;
  • Build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions;
  • Administer the project’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with accounting principles and USAID regulations;
  • Diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences;
  • Managing any subcontracts and grants with local partners, ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables;
  • Oversee performance monitoring and evaluation to ensure all project targets are met or exceeded – making recommendations for improvement in program implementation.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in natural resources management/conservation or related field or, in lieu thereof, five additional years of experience in a related technical area including conservation, tourism, law enforcement, wildlife trafficking and crime;
  • Ten years of experience in the implementation of large and complex projects relating to natural resources management and/or biodiversity conservation, preferably with some focus on counter wildlife crime;
  • Five years proven leadership in the management of similar sized international donor support programs with strong, demonstrated skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting;
  • Five years’ experience working with senior government officials, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, and/or enforcement of conservation regulations;
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • East Africa experience – especially with EAC.

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