Chief of Party (Mekong for the Future (USAID))

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Apply By: 
25 October 2020

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Location: In a Greater Mekong country where WWF International has an office

WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) for the USAID-funded Mekong for the Future project activity to be based in a WWF Greater Mekong country office.

Mekong for the Future is a 3 year project starting in October 2020 that will support natural resources governance and transparency across the Greater Mekong through strengthening civil society's ability to engage in natural resource governance and improving their access to, and understanding of, environmental data from public and private sources. The project will strengthen the ability of civil society organizations in the region to coordinate their activities, improve their ability to advocate for and monitor environmental policies, and increase transparency and improve their use of environmental data.

Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Chief of Party:

Assume technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program; contributing  technical guidance and vision the Mekong for the Future Project activity

Offering technical input to institutional partners (where appropriate)

Directs the project’s core team of staff and partners responsible for planning, coordination, design and delivery of all project activities

Represents the project to USAID, partners, and governments and ensures the project is well coordinated with relevant governmental departments and other related USAID/other donor projects. 

Establish and maintain good working relationships with project participants, project stakeholders, beneficiaries and other relevant organizations in the region including government partners and USAID personnel.

Apply a participatory, adaptive management approach to ensure the project is efficient, effective, and achieves planned results. 

With support from WWF US HQ and WWF Greater Mekong, ensures that the project is implemented in compliance with donor policies and regulations, including sub grants and subcontracts.

Ensure that all activities relating to the project are completed.
Minimum Requirements:

A minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in managing international development programs or projects of similar scope and scale to Mekong for the Future.  

Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to program management is required. 

At least a Master’s-level degree in social sciences, natural resources management, forestry, environmental or conservation management, bioregional planning, development studies, or related field of study.

Experience in the Greater Mekong/South East Asia is preferred.

Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience in working effectively with local and national-level government authorities and with USAID or other development partners.

Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of large-scale international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.

Strong communication skills, fluency in written and verbal English. Another Asian language would be an advantage.

Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners, and the ability to lead multi-sector and multi-disciplinary teams.

Demonstrated effectiveness leading and managing teams that are able to adapt to dynamic operating conditions to achieve project results

WWF can offer you:

  • Contract duration: 3 year fixed term contract with possible extension
  • Please note the compensation package will be aligned with local salary and benefits conditions, in line with our reward policy.

How to apply:

If you have the skills and experience and are interested in leading as COP Mekong for the Future, please email your cover letter and CV in English to citing in the subject line ‘ COP Mekong for the Future [YOUR FIRST NAME][YOUR LAST NAME]’

Deadline for applications: October 25, 2020

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Due to the urgent nature of this appointment, applications will be reviewed on a daily basis and interviews happen prior to the deadline.  Please also note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful for this role.

Female and Asian national applicants are encouraged to apply for this position.  Work permit restrictions may apply. 


WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce

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