Chief of Party , International Development

April 18 2023


Nathan, a Cadmus Company, is a leading provider of analytic and economic consultancy services worldwide. In the past decade, we have implemented more than 120 projects in more than 50 countries leveraging our global presence in Washington DC, London, and India. From improved transparency and deeper stakeholder engagement to more effective policies and more resilient businesses, we deliver results that impact economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. We are passionate about applying our deep analytical expertise and advanced proprietary tools to generate economic solutions tailored to our clients’ unique challenges. Nathan focuses on a range of economic development subject matter areas including Trade & Logistics; Economic Policy & Governance; Private Sector Development; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Financial Solutions. 

Job Description:

Nathan is seeking an experienced Chief of party (CoP) to lead the anticipated USAID/Rwanda Trade Facilitation Activity (RFTA). The purpose of the contract is to contribute to creating a trade-enabling environment in Rwanda by reducing non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade, strengthening soft infrastructure, and building greater transparency and efficiency in the trade regulatory system.

The Chief of Party will be responsible for leading and managing the overall operations of activity. The CoP will work closely with the USAID/Rwanda Program Office, Mission technical offices, staff, and management from USAID implementing partners.

The CoP will oversee activities and ensure that USAID’s assistance to Rwanda is informed by empirical evidence, analysis, and evaluation that can be used by the Mission. Please note that this position is contingent upon award of the proposal/USAID approval.


Supervision and Provision of Technical Expertise

·Support the planning, design, and implementation of technical activities in Rwanda, including the drafting of work plans and terms of reference, organization, and participation in technical working group meetings;

·Liaise with the Rwandan government, private sector, civil society organizations, and other donors to coordinate activities and achieve the goals and objectives of the activity;

·Monitor and, in some cases, carry out technical activities (in coordination with Nathan home office), including review of deliverables and reports for USAID;

·Provide summaries of working group meetings, workshops, and trainings, and identify next steps;

·Coordinate the planning of technical activities involving Nathan’s partners with the Nathan headquarters project team to ensure that planned activities are in line with budgets and subcontracts;

·Liaise 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

·Manage and supervise the field office team, with appropriate delegation of duties to other staff members on the activity;

·Supervise the recruitment and engagement of technical experts, business partners, and administrative staff, as appropriate;

·Ensure that the activity is implemented in accordance with the rules and regulations of USAID and Nathan.

·Report regularly to the Nathan headquarters project team on project activities, deliverables, and events; key issues requiring approval from the headquarters office;

·Review all accounting statements submitted to the home office and time sheets of local consultants, if applicable; and

·Provide contributions to and manage quality control for the quarterly and annual project reports.


·Master's degrees or higher in economics, social sciences, international development, management, or a related discipline;;

·Minimum 10 years of experience managing programs of a similar focus and complexity, on topics such as trade facilitation, regulatory reform, customs modernization, trade policy, and regional integration;

·Understanding of how to work with trade facilitation institutions (Ministries of trade, Customs administrations, standards and regulatory authorities, etc.) to expand and increase access to systems that enable traders to report, monitor, and advocate for the removal of NTBs;

·Familiarity with soft infrastructure (software, apps, IT systems, etc.) for electronic processing of trade documents, including National Single Window systems.

·Demonstrated experience building the capacity of trade support institutions and traders to understand international trading rules and regulations, including raising awareness among traders of how to take advantage of preferential trade agreements and supporting compliance with regional and international agreements by government institutions.

·Proven ability to work effectively with USAID mission staff, host country counterparts, and international donors; with strong emphasis placed on experience developing and maintaining working relationships across a multi-stakeholder environment;

·Demonstrated leadership in teambuilding and integrity in project management;

·Strong written, oral, and presentation skills; and

·Ability to relocate to Kigali, Rwanda.

Desired Qualifications & SKILLS:

·Solid understanding of USAID rules and regulations governing project compliance, procurement, and financial management preferred;

·Experience working in Rwanda preferred; and

·Familiarity with  Kinyarwanda and/or French languages desired.

Nathan is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Nathan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans. Candidates that need to request reasonable accommodations during the application process should communicate their request to . For more information on Nathan's policies, candidates are encouraged to review our EEOC Policies for Applicants.