Deputy Chief of Team – Liberia

The Kaizen Company

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Scope and Objectives

The Kaizen Company is seeking a Deputy Chief of Team (DCOT) for the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)-funded project, Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL), currently in its third iteration. MLDL III builds the institutional and human capacity of local government officials and citizens to manage disputes and security concerns by focusing on developing and expanding County Security Councils (CSCs), District Security Councils (DSCs) and Community Forums (CFs). Kaizen is supporting structures at multiple levels in Liberian society to give citizens the ability to bring disputes to authority figures as easily as possible with the aim of preventing minor disputes from becoming large-scale conflicts. The project fosters peace by applying alternative dispute resolution and mediation techniques to supplant violence. This builds citizens’ trust and confidence in the government’s ability to fairly and rapidly respond to issues that are (or could become) larger security concerns. MLDL III expands upon the work of MLDL II, also implemented by Kaizen, with an added focus on enhancing the capacity of the current Early Warning-Early Response mechanism and coordinating with local NGO’s. The program works to strengthen the rule of law across six counties in rural Liberia: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, and the two new counties of Grand Cape Mount, and Gbarpolu. The DCOT will be responsible for coordinating all project activities with the Chief of Team (COT), particularly with activities focused in Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu. The DCOT will be the M&E lead for the project. The DCOT will be based in the MLDL office in Robertsport, Liberia and will directly supervise five local staff based in this office. The DCOT reports directly to the COT who is based in the main office in Ganta.

The Deputy Chief of Team Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all project activities with the Chief of Team;
  • Provide detailed hands-on guidance and oversight to program staff to ensure activities are completed in accordance with program objectives, work plan and results framework;
  • Manage the overall framework for the project’s M&E systems, including data collection, data storage and management, data analysis, and reporting;
  • Monitor the project’s PMP to systematically document project performance
  • Generate monthly indicator reports and tracking progress against key indicators;
  • Oversee the implementation of monitoring systems and tools to demonstrate the effectiveness of project interventions;
  • Write and edit timely and accurate project reports to donor on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis;
  • Provide oversight and management of Robertsport office and staff on both technical and operations, including administrative, personnel, financial matters and project implementation;
  • Directly manage ten Robertsport based staff and remotely manage the Ganta based M&E Coordinator
  • Travel to other MLDL offices and beneficiary structures;
  • Provide technical support as needed, but especially in the areas of organizational development, conflict mitigation, data analytics, and community development.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher from a U.S. accredited institution or equivalent in International Development, International Relations, Public Administration, Sociology, or other field that enhances their ability to perform in this role (as approved by INL);
  • Minimum 5 years international experience implementing projects in the following sectors: M&E, civil society development, sub-national governance strengthening, access to justice, international rule of law and justice sector reform, criminal justice reform, conflict prevention and resolution, protection of human rights, and peace building;
  • At least two years of experience in designing and implementing M&E systems for similar projects;
  • Strong reporting skills and proven experience drafting and editing reports;
  • Supervisory experience while implementing projects in the sectors listed above;
  • Experience living and working in remote rural areas of the developing world, preferably in West Africa/Liberia;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to provide ongoing close supervision;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a geographically dispersed team and to coordinate with leadership remotely and often from low-resource settings;
  • A strong working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; with a strong focus on excel;
  • Must be able to communicate in English with accuracy and fluency in order to participate fully and effectively in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings from both concrete and abstract perspectives;
  • Must be able to discuss their interests and special fields of competence, explain complex matters in detail, and provide lengthy and coherent narrations, all with ease, fluency, and accuracy. If a verification of English competency is requested by INL, candidates must receive a superior level rating from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

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