Chief of Party (KAWAS)

Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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DAI seeks Chief of Party candidates for the anticipated USAID-funded Karnali Water Security Activity (KAWAS). This project will focus on creating healthy, resilient, and water secure communities and increase access to safely managed water and sanitation services while linking strategically to other elements of water security and upstream water resources management.

The Chief of Party will provide overall vision and leadership for the project; be accountable to USAID for all project deliverables; and assume technical and management responsibility for all project personnel. He/she will be the primary liaison for the project with USAID, relevant government ministries, other donors and institutions, implementing partners, technical agencies and other stakeholders, ensuring alignment and harmonization with other programming where appropriate. He/she will be responsible for developing and monitoring annual plans; achievement of program targets; submission of all program deliverables to USAID; and identification and resolution of issues and risks related to program implementation. He/she will coordinate partner efforts in program implementation. He/she will be ultimately responsible for award management, including compliance with DAI and USAID policies and procedures for prime award management, sound financial monitoring and control and subaward management.

Likely program budget: up to $25 million

Likely timing for program launch: late 2020


  • 10+ years of professional experience, with progressively increasing responsibilities and duties, in fields related to, amongst others, water and sanitation service provision, integrated water resources management, governance, private sector capacity building, watershed biodiversity, and behavior change promotion.
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in international development, environmental or civil engineering, public health, business administration, governance, or related field. 
  • ​Minimum seven (7) years of experience as COP or senior field management experience such as Project Director, Team Leader etc demonstrating professional interaction with senior US and foreign government officials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience of USAID policies, procedures and approaches related to program design/implementation, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain effective relationships with government official and policymakers, as well as a broader range of public and private stakeholders and partners.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, and superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. Familiarity with Nepali preferred.