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Deputy Chief of Party, Ethiopia R-PAL

Position: Deputy Chief of Party, Ethiopia R-PAL  

Location: Ethiopia 

Position Status: Full-time employee   

About LINC

LINC is a small business headquartered in Washington DC dedicated to strengthening local actors and systems. At LINC, we believe that a practical approach to engaging committed, capable local actors increases international development effectiveness and sustainability. Awarded USAID’s “Small Business of the Year” distinction in 2017, we are a team of reflective practitioners, passionate and energetic in our work, and committed to locally led development. We partner with major universities, foundations, local NGOs, consulting firms, and international development agencies, like USAID. Our country experience spans Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. For more information on LINC, please visit  www.linclocal.org 

Position Description 

LINC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated multi-year USAID-funded Highlands Resilience Platform for Adaptive Learning (R-PAL) activity. This is envisioned to be an agile learning, research and collaboration platform designed to facilitate joint action planning, enable adaptive management practices, and allow for evidence-based decision-making for resilience programming in the Ethiopian Highlands. The activity is anticipated to have four objectives: (1) Collaboration and coordination among USAID Ethiopia Highlands Resilience partners and investments is established and facilitated to support collective impact; (2) Highlands resilience investments are informed by learning, evidence, and research; (3) Adaptive management processes and solutions for USAID Highlands Resilience investments are adopted and employed towards evidence-based program iteration (and ingrained in the partnership’s culture); and (4) Innovation within USAID’s Highlands programming drives early adoption and scaling of new rigorously tested approaches.   

The Deputy Chief of Party will support the Chief of Party with leadership, day to day management, and technical support for the activity. The Deputy Chief of Party will focus primarily on ensuring exceptional technical delivery and building the capacity of local staff and partners. The Deputy Chief of Party will serve as Acting Chief of Party as needed. 

This is a full-time position contingent upon USAID award. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. 


  • Support the Chief of Party with overall leadership of the activity, including program planning, technical execution, financial management, and operations, ensuring seamless coordination among all activity components. 
  • Support the management, training, and mentoring of activity staff.  
  • Draft technical scopes of work for and supervise the performance of consultants and subcontractors, ensuring the timely provision of responsive, high-quality deliverables. 
  • Oversee design, development, and implementation of collective impact/coordination activities, resilience evidence generation, CLA and MEL activities, including development of MEL tools, collective impact methods, data collection and management, report generation, knowledge sharing, and training and capacity building activities. 
  • Coordinate and provide MEL and CLA technical assistance, including workplans and theory of change development, to USAID implementing partners. 
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate learning activities for USAID staff and partners. 
  • Coordinate and provide MEL/CLA technical assistance to USAID implementing partners and Ethiopian partner organizations. 
  • Lead coordination and consultations with USAID, government of Ethiopia, implementing partners, and other key stakeholders and audiences as required. 
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable USG, USAID, and LINC rules and regulations. 

Skills and Qualifications 

  • A Master’s degree in international development, social sciences, or a related field. 
  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrated experience managing complex activities and in a team environment. 
  • Proven external stakeholder relations, team management, and operations management skills. 
  • Strong technical expertise in traditional and innovative approaches to MEL, CLA, research design, and adaptive management. 
  • Prior experience designing, managing, and implementing USAID learning platform activities preferred. 
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills required. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. 
  • Prior experience working in Ethiopia and East Africa strongly preferred. 
  • Understanding of USAID regulations and policies, including but not limited to the Automated Directives System 201, Evaluation Policy, and the Journey to Self-Reliance. 

Application Instructions 

Please send resume/CV to jobs@linclocal.org with the subject line “Deputy Chief of Party, Ethiopia R-PAL”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC LLC is an equal opportunity employer.