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Chief of Party - Wildlife Trade, Poaching and Improve Transboundary Wildlife Management

Client: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Http://
Location: Malawi
Conditions: Contingent upon Award, this is a 5-year USAID $8 MM dollar project
Position Summary/ Objective

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of a 5-year USAID project on combatting wildlife crime in Malawi and Zambia through strengthened, coordinated, collaborative and innovative approaches.

The COP’s primary responsibility will be to successfully implement and integrate a project with six (6) core activities and support IFAW’s existing related efforts in Malawi and Zambia to combat wildlife crime. The COP will provide overall management, technical leadership, coordination and collaboration with implementing partners and strategic oversight of all activities to cost-effectively achieve project objectives.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead overall planning and management of all project activities.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key institutions, such as partners including Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in Malawi and Zambia, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT), and Game Rangers International (GRI); international donors; private sector actors; NGOs and research bodies critical to the success of the project .

  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results.

  • Work closely with IFAW headquarters and regional staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.

  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with the project team, USAID, and project partners.

  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of all deliverables and ensure strong integration across the six (6) core activities and underlying tasks.

  • Oversee preparation of periodic project reports to IFAW headquarters and donors.

  • Ensure effective coordination of activities with relevant partners, Zambian and Malawian government agencies, civil society and business organizations, international donor institutions and other USAID and USG funded initiatives to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort.

  • Represent IFAW’s interests and communicate progress, achievements and lessons learned to key stakeholders including USAID and implementing partners in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.

  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results, monitoring and reporting on progress toward achieving the project award objectives.

  • Ensure resources for project implementation are available.

  • Assure sound financial management of the project (e.g. budget execution, program-finance linkages, monitoring and reporting processes and procurement systems) and adhere to IFAW and USAID financial policies and procedures.

  • Oversee total compliance with IFAW and USAID regulations in all aspects of program implementation.


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Experience with anti-poaching initiatives and countering wildlife trafficking.

  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage large aid agency-funded projects. Experience managing USAID programs of equal size, scope and complexity in a similar context is highly desirable.

  • In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting.

  • Program management skills must include i) program planning, ii) technical direction and oversight, iii) program administration and financial management, iv) award contractual compliance, and v) sub-award management in other countries of the world especially in East Africa.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing project start-up.

  • Experience supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs.

  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID missions, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, PVOs, the private sector and other donors.

  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building and representational skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Fluency in English (ability to read, write and communicate with stakeholders).

  • Understanding of the Malawian (or similar) social and political context.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Natural Resource Management, Conservation and International Wildlife Trade, Biodiversity, International Development or related field of study.

  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree is preferred.

  • Prior experience in a COP capacity for USAID is highly preferred.

  • Experience in Southern Africa (particularly Malawi and/or Zambia) is highly preferred.


Other Duties  

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities will change from time to time to meet the needs of the department and our company.


Please note:  this position is contingent upon award. Malawian nationals are encouraged to apply.

Please apply to: Patrick Shields, Executive Director and Search Manager

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