Job Vacancy: Chief of Party, Nigeria Monitoring Project

Job Vacancy: Job title: Chief of Party, Nigeria Monitoring Project

Job description: Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at

Project Summary:

The purpose of the Nigeria Monitoring Project (NMP) is to establish a third-party monitoring system to monitor, verify, and analyze trends on humanitarian programs in Nigeria funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (USAID BHA). The activity will create an independent and verifiable monitoring mechanism for USAID BHA funded programs in Nigeria that will increase USAID BHA and their partners’ understanding of the outputs, outcomes, processes, progress, quality, challenges, achievements, and lessons learned of their projects. The information and findings will be critical in ensuring program learning, program accountability, and beneficiary accountability, which will contribute to real time programmatic adjustments and future program design.

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**Please note: All citizens are eligible for this position**

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for leading and managing NMP operations in Nigeria. The COP works closely with USAID BHA in Nigeria and with implementing partners. This collaboration is fundamental to data collection, implementation, analysis, and productive feedback that will improve the ability of USAID and implementing partners to effectively deliver humanitarian aid. The COP also oversees the production of all deliverables and compliance required under this contract. The work involves team management, technical guidance, administrative coordination, operations oversight, and client relations. The COP will also be responsible for overseeing subcontractors’ work and performance. The COP reports to the MSI Home Office Technical Director.


Technical Management

  • Serve as the main point of contact for the contract with the USAID Mission and implementing partners.
  • Manage and oversee preparation and ensure timely submission of all contract deliverables.
  • Ensure the quality of all data collection, analyses, reports, and other deliverables and that they meet MSI and USAID quality control/assurance standards.
  • Manage and monitor all sub-contractors and sub-awards under the NMP award.
  • Direct and monitor execution of all other activities within the work plan.

Contractual/Financial Management

  • Maintain administrative and financial controls, and records, pursuant to MSI’s financial and administrative procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract and applicable U.S. Government and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Manage the contract budget in coordination with the Finance and Administrative Specialist and MSI Home Office Project Management Team.

Personnel Management

  • Manage the NMP project team and directly supervise the Deputy Chief of Party.
  • Recruit staff and ensure implementation of effective security and human resource protocols for project staff.
  • Fill staffing gaps expeditiously to keep work plan and budget on track.
  • Manage the work of team members, reviewing and providing regular feedback.
  • Evaluate performance and negotiate and recommend salary adjustments and bonuses, as appropriate.
  • Recommend early termination (when necessary) of project employees to home office Director, who must concur.
  • Support staff, as appropriate, when personal issues arise to ensure the welfare of team members and families.
  • Motivate staff to perform effectively toward project objectives through communication, team-building incentives, and responsiveness.

Safety and Security Management

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of local political and security developments and propose any strategic/tactical revisions to the Project Safety and Security Manual necessary to seize emerging opportunities and/or mitigate risks.
  • Act as the primary liaison for USAID and the US Embassy regional security officer regarding security matters.
  • Adhere to security procedures and require team members to follow them.
  • Monitor and report on the security situation to MSI home office and USAID.
  • Do everything possible to ensure the safety and welfare of team members.


  • Master’s degree in international affairs, social science, or a related field is required.
  • At minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the international humanitarian, development, or transition field.
  • At minimum five years of experience managing teams.
  • At minimum two years of experience working in conflict zones.
  • Previous experience leading USAID-funded activities is required.
  • Previous experience managing or working on third-party monitoring projects, M&E support projects, or large-scale evaluations is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in non-permissive environments (NPE) and providing M&E services that are conflict-sensitive, complexity-aware; and incorporate gender equality, social inclusion (GESI) and Do-No harm principles is required.
  • Previous professional work experience supporting development or humanitarian assistance programs in Africa is desirable.
  • Previous experience managing sub-contractors is desirable.
  • Must be an experienced and good leader with excellent analytical, interpersonal, team management and client relations skills.
  • Experience in providing robust and easy-to-understand data visualizations and communications on monitoring and evaluation products.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with USAID, host government and local counterparts.
  • Fluency in written and oral in English required.

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Additional Information

  • Organization: 216 MSI

Location: Abuja, FCT

Job date: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:46:29 GMT

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