Chief of Party, USAID/Ethiopia Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Platform, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Management Systems International
Closing date: 21 Aug 2021

Chief of Party, USAID/Ethiopia Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Platform, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project Summary:

MSI is preparing to bid on the USAID/Ethiopia Collaboration, Learning and Adapting Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support Platform contract, expected to be competed in the Summer of 2021. This anticipated project will serve as a follow-on to a current contract that supports the achievement of USAID/Ethiopia's Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and its development objectives. The contract will support the Mission in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its development activities; and with the strengthening of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems at USAID/Ethiopia. It will focus on deliberate learning, with the intention of driving program results faster than traditional MEL activities. The contract will also enhance the institutional capacity of host country and local partners to improve the MEL capacity, their accountability and their use of evidence for programming, learning and adapting. This contract is expected to support a 5-year project scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2021.

Position Summary:

MSI is seeking a seasoned Chief of Party (COP), ideally with experience leading the provision of MEL services for USAID-funded international development projects. The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of relevant experience, preferably in support of projects working across technical sectors. The position will require managing the provision of monitoring, evaluation and learning services across Ethiopia from an MSI office in Addis Ababa.


  • Serve as primary point of contact with USAID, and as principal liaison with USAID, counterparts and stakeholders; and with MSI's Home Office in Arlington, VA.
  • Provide overall leadership for the implementation of the contract while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements and regulations and MSI policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the quality, relevance, technological sophistication and timeliness of MSI's evaluations, analyses and assessments and all required deliverables and reports.
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel and subcontractors to achieve project objectives and targets and ensure timely implementation of quality services and deliverables.
  • Oversee internal oversight of the project including budget, procurement, security and staff recruitment and management.
  • Provide oversight of all MEL assignments conducted under the contract, to include:
    • Work with the client to refine scopes of work for MEL assignments such as evaluations and support for strengthening performance monitoring.
    • Recruit and orient short-term consultants to conduct MEL assignments.
    • Oversee the design of evaluations, including details of data collection protocols for surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews; ensure analysis and reporting comply with USAID and industry best practices.
    • Oversee design and implementation of MEL capacity building and training efforts, as requested by client. Should integrate principles of adult learning and best practices in workforce development technical training.
    • Ensure MEL assignments are compliant with USAID policies as delineated in ADS 201.
    • Troubleshoot assignments while they are underway and regularly liaise with USAID and MSI Home Office on progress.
  • Oversee deepening of USAID/Ethiopia's learning capabilities and introduce improved avenues for programmatic learning and adaptation.
  • Oversee strengthening of USAID/Ethiopia's efforts to draw contextual, programmatic and operational learning from its monitoring, evaluation, analytical and assessment efforts.


  • Master's degree in a social science, international relations, economics, business, development studies or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum 15 years of international development experience. Substantial technical experience in monitoring and evaluation of international development projects preferred, preferably for USAID.
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party, Country Director or its equivalent, is preferred.
  • Significant experience conducting program evaluations, preferably as a team leader or principal investigator.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and management skills, resourcefulness and personal integrity.
  • Exvellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in Ethiopia or the region preferred.
  • Quality past performance references

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

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