Chief of Party – Thailand/Myanmar, /Sri Lanka

Search For Common Ground


Search for Common Ground (Search) is currently seeking experienced Chief of Party (COP) candidates to propose for an upcoming five-year USAID-funded Networks for Peace project. The position is contingent upon contract award. The project is a transboundary program which aims to strengthen initiatives in Asia to promote regional security and amplify moderate voices of peace and tolerance by convening stakeholders and building the capacity of moderate leaders, civil society groups, media and local organizations to address drivers of conflict and violent extremism and promote tolerance and inclusion across the societal divisions. The program would support and complement bilateral CVE and conflict mitigation programs.

The Chief of Party will be responsible to provide strategic leadership, management, and technical direction for an effective and timely implementation of the program, ensuring compliance to USAID, Search and other legal requirements. The COP will also be responsible to ensure an integrated vision and synergy amongst different components and actors, to deliver the desired results.

The COP will supervise program staff including professional performance management and coaching, financial management, and administration. The COP will work directly with USAID and will be a key liaison to manage partnerships and relationships with key media, government and civil society stakeholders and other Search country programs and will ensure excellent coordination and communication with USAID. S/he will also be responsible for coordination between consortium members and establishing links with other relevant programs and initiatives in the region.

The position will be based in one of the target countries: Thailand/Myanmar or Sri Lanka.



  • Define programme priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the Asia Regional Director) and provide strategic and technical leadership to the program;
  • Lead the program team and provide them with technical and strategic guidance (in the key sectors such as peacebuilding, CVE and partnerships).
  • Serve as the principal liaison for this project on behalf of Search for Common Ground with USAID and other donors, and supervise effective partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations, institutions and leaders as well as international organizations active in the sector.
  • Supervise, manage, and develop strategic plans for the in-country program as well as Southeast/South Asia region.

Program Oversight:

  • Supervise the program with the highest quality standards and well-documented results.
  • Ensure the program is implemented on schedule and within budget.
  • Supervise and manage project staff and work in close coordination with Search for Common Ground’s headquarter office in Washington, DC.
  • Ensure monitoring and program quality mechanisms to ensure that project objectives are met.

Operational Oversight:

  • Ensure quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related requirements of the cooperative agreement.
  • Oversee project finances, and budget management and ensure highest compliance standards.
  • Lead key recruitments and in people management.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


You meet the following qualifications:

  • Ten (10) or more years of experience with senior management for projects of a similar magnitude and complexity in developing countries, especially as a Chief of Party;
  • Demonstrated experience in civil society strengthening, peacebuilding, countering violent extremism, media strengthening, conflict transformation and Do No Harm approaches or another relevant field.
  • Experience working in developing countries, with a strong preference for experience in Southeast Asia.
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in international relations, conflict transformation or relevant field.
  • Proven success in managing multi‐million-dollar USAID-funded contract or grant and good knowledge of USAID policies and procedures.
  • Proven leadership in overall project management and a strong track record of meeting targets and deadlines for a project of similar scope and size.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required.
  • Good coaching and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent managerial skills, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships .
  • Dynamic leader with creative problem-solving skills and negotiation skills.

How To Apply

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter

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Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 04/19/2019