International Development



Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

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The International Development Division (IDD) of EDC has an opening for a Chief of Party (III) in Liberia.



USAID Accelerated Quality Education (AQE) for Liberian Children is a USAID-funded four-year activity to provide increased access to basic education for approximately 48,000 out of school children and adolescents, ages 8-15 and is being implemented in Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Margibi, Montserrado, and Nimba Counties in partnership with the Ministry of Education and local communities. EDC is seeking highly skilled candidates for the Chief of Party (COP) position to lead this activity in Liberia. Candidate selection requires USAID approval.

EDC has worked closely with the Liberian Ministry of Education, USAID Liberia, and other stakeholders since 2009 in the areas of basic, alternative and accelerated education, cross-sectoral youth development and youth livelihoods.

AQE is currently scheduled to operate until March 1, 2021, and is at the mid-point of its lifecycle. There are six offices with a total of approximately 75 – 80 staff and two sub-contractors. Primary content areas of design, implementation and monitoring in partnership with the Ministry of Education include but are not limited to Accelerated Learning policy development, testing and adoption; curriculum revision, production and distribution; teacher professional development; community engagement to support Accelerated Learning Programs and to reduce School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV); and development of Safe Learning Environments (SLE) through engagement of Education Officials, teachers, PTAs and the broader community as well as rehabilitation and improvements of classrooms and WASH facilities. Ongoing monitoring and periodic evaluation or studies focus on tracking progress, providing feedback loops for communication and improvement and informing program design.



The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

The Chief of Party III has overall responsibility for leading and managing the administrative, programmatic, technical, and operational aspects in the field—in collaboration with the Project Director and senior field staff (including but not limited to the Senior Education Advisor, Director of Administration and Operations, Senior Finance Manager and Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist) and in accordance with EDC, funder, and host-country requirements—to achieve project success. S/he:

• Strategizes, sets priorities; leads implementation, and reviews technical progress

• Establishes, maintains, and is responsible for the ongoing administrative and financial operation of project offices with accountability to home office

• Develops and monitors budgets, records, databases, and reference information

• Determines resource needs and oversees resource use; works closely with the Project Director to monitor and manage the budget

• Selects, hires, and supervises staff and subcontractors; assigns roles & responsibilities; manages performance

• Meets contractual obligations

• Implements regulatory compliance directives appropriate to the host country & funder

• Develops policies & procedures to improve efficiency and quality, in conjunction with home office

• Recommends prospective business development opportunities; may conduct comparative or competitive analysis

• Conveys organizational philosophy and values

• May direct project, program, or product development teams in planning for proposal submissions, drafting proposals, and achieving agreed-upon objectives

• Resolves conflicts and establishes environment of integrity, support and collaboration among project teams


The Chief of Party (III)

• Is responsible for partnering successfully with Portfolio Lead, home office Project Director, Administration & Finance, expatriate and local staff

• Is a representative of EDC and the project in Liberia, interfacing with the Ministry of Education or other government leaders, the funder, and others; builds positive client, vendor, and funder relations

• Demonstrates diplomacy and leadership to foster an atmosphere of teamwork, productivity, creativity, fairness, equity, and innovation, in support of EDC’s commitment to diversity

• Negotiates and mediates effectively

• Interacts with large numbers of program participants or team members, guiding feedback exchanges, facilitating problem-solving, and providing expertise

• Oversees administrative and logistical coordination; secures consensus about priorities and competing workload demands

• Supervises technical, management, monitoring & evaluation and administrative staff; directs and coordinates work of team leaders &/or project managers

• Manages and coordinates activities of subcontractors and all partners to create synergy

• Organizes and coaches teams

• Fosters excellent communications among all parties, including with EDC home offices

• Oversees training programs, workshops, conferences, or other collaborations

• Travels (within Liberia and, as necessary, internationally)



This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Master’s degree or equivalent

• PhD preferred

• With Master’s degree, 10+ years related experience

• With PhD, 8+ years related experience

• 8 years supervisory/project management or program development experience

• Specific technical expertise relevant to education and operations; accelerated/alternative education programming preferred

• Experience in the education sector in Africa, preferably in Liberia with ample experience in project implementation, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement will provide an added advantage

• Ability to work within the organizational contexts of the U.S. (such as EDC and USAID) and Liberia (MoE and local partners)

• Demonstrated ability to navigate complex education and/or community development policy issues

• Experience with projects that included school renovations or rehabilitation will provide an added advantage

• Demonstrated ability to engage a variety of stakeholders, including national and sub-national government ministries, donors and implementers, local NGOs, faith and community leaders, and others

• Outstanding leadership skills

• Excellent analytical skills and aptitude for details

• Capacity to work in difficult conditions and function well under pressure

• Proficiency in English

• Extensive international experience and experience in a developing country required

• Experience in West Africa preferred (Liberia experience strongly preferred)



EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please


Posted: 1/14/19


EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.