Chief Of Party, International Development

February 5 2019
Sri Lanka

Background:

Nathan is a private international economic and analytics consulting firm that works with government and commercial clients around the globe to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results. Whether building frameworks for economic growth or navigating regulatory hurdles, securing infrastructure financing or evaluating and assessing disputes, Nathan’s experts serve as trusted partners, offering clients the analysis, technical advice, and strategies they need for sound decision-making. Known for both technical and service excellence, Nathan has corporate offices in the US, UK, and India and more than 25 program offices around the world.


Job Description:

The aim of this project is to support ongoing reforms with key government, private, and civil society actors in Sri Lanka to institutionalize and foster the common understanding of economic governance and trade liberalization.

The Chief of Party will report to points of contact at USAID and to the Nathan home office Project Director.

Supervision and Provision of Technical Expertise:

  • Engage the Government of Sri Lanka, civil society organizations, business groups, and other donors as needed to develop activities and achieve the goals and objectives of the activity;
  • Supervise and, in some cases, carry out technical activities across the range of activities under the program (in coordination with Nathan home office), including review of deliverables and reports for USAID;
  • Lead the planning, design, and implementation of technical activities in Sri Lanka, including the drafting of work plans and terms of reference, organization, and participation in technical working group meetings;
  • Provide summaries of working group meetings, workshops, and trainings and identify next steps;
  • Communicate with the project team at the Nathan Headquarters office to recruit technical experts as required; and
  • Other related technical and management tasks requested by USAID (and in coordination with the Nathan Home Office Team), in accordance with the scope of the activity.

Program Management:

  • Engage the Government of Sri Lanka, civil society organizations, business groups, and other donors as needed to develop activities and achieve the goals and objectives of the activity;
  • Supervise and, in some cases, carry out technical activities across the range of activities under the program (in coordination with Nathan home office), including review of deliverables and reports for USAID;
  • Lead the planning, design, and implementation of technical activities in Sri Lanka, including the drafting of work plans and terms of reference, organization, and participation in technical working group meetings;
  • Provide summaries of working group meetings, workshops, and trainings and identify next steps;
  • Communicate with the project team at the Nathan Headquarters office to recruit technical experts as required; and
  • Other related technical and management tasks requested by USAID (and in coordination with the Nathan Home Office Team), in accordance with the scope of the activity.

Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Economics, International Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration, or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience working in international development in trade facilitation, public financial management, and/or public investment;
  • At least 8 years’ experience as a COP or in a comparable managerial position on major international donor projects implementing policy or governance programs in developing countries with complex national level policy issues;
  • Demonstrable managerial skills, coordination skills, and strong technical knowledge in trade facilitation, public financial management, and/or public investment;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, NGOs, implementing partners and other donors);  
  • Fluency in English;
  • Solid understanding of USAID rules and regulations governing project compliance, procurement, and financial management preferred;
  • Experience working in Sri Lanka preferred; and
  • Speaking ability in Sinhala a plus.