The Moderate Voices of Peace project is a 5-year USAID-supported media messaging and communications cooperative agreement that will cover Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, with an expansion to Cameroon in Year 2. A continuation of Equal Access’ ongoing peace and tolerance work in these countries, the goal of the anticipated project is to amplify moderate voices of peace and tolerance as part of a broader effort to reduce vulnerability to violent extremism in the Sahel. Specific objectives include:
- Strengthening positive local narratives.
- Increasing dialogue and exchange on CVE and peace concepts.
- Expanding access to information.
- Promoting citizen/government dialogue.
- Enhancing regional collaboration among media actors.
The Chief of Party will be based in Niamey, Niger. This individual will serve as the lead manager responsible for overall program implementation and quality control, including technical leadership, management of human resources, physical assets, financial oversight and communications. She/he will also be responsible for representing the program to the government officials, other donors, local partners and the media.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Leads technical design and activity implementation across four countries in line with project work plans and M&E plan.
- Manages progress toward meeting project objectives, developing solutions to keep activities on track and providing overall guidance and direction focusing technical staff on achieving agreed upon targets and long-term strategic objectives.
- Oversees all project staff. In coordination with other senior project managers, recruits, hires and trains new employees in line with USAID rules and regulations, Equal Access’ internal policies, and local labor laws.
- Provides overall financial oversight for a $25 million budget.
- Represents Equal Access International and the project to donors, partners, other INGOs, beneficiaries, the media and other stakeholders, ensuring enhanced collaboration and multiplying project results.
- Guides the creation of relevant project deliverables, including but not limited to, M&E plan, work plans and other technical documents and reports.
- Eight years of experience managing public or private sector media, peace promotion, countering violent extremism, conflict mitigation, or governance-related programs, preferably including previous experience in Francophone Africa;
- Previous experience as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on a donor-funded project with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other contractors and international organizations and donors. This also entails: monitoring, evaluating and documenting progress toward meeting project objectives; evaluating sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements; working out solutions to keep activities on track; and providing overall guidance and direction focusing the activity team on achieving agreed targets and long-term strategic objectives.
- A graduate degree in a relevant social, technical or political science (e.g, communications, public administration, business administration, international relations, political science, etc.)
- Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with donors, other USAID projects, U.S. embassies, and host-country governments and organizations;
- Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in a multi-country and multi-cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience;
- Ability to manage USAID awards and all required reporting requirements;
- Demonstrated commitment to customer service;
- Professional proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in English, professional proficiency in French.
About Equal Access
Equal Access International is a dynamic communications for social change non-governmental organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization to address the most critical challenges in the developing world. Each year we reach more than 90 million marginalized individuals and families with a variety of media and direct community engagement activities. Headquartered in San Francisco, our work spans the globe, with country offices in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen. Equal Access’ priority areas of impact are Media Strengthening, Youth Life Skills & Education, Agriculture & Economic Development, Health, Peacebuilding, Women and Girls’ Empowerment, Civic Participation & Governance and Human Rights. Detailed information about our organization and programs is available at www.equalaccess.org.
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