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Chief of Party, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands–USAID/Forest Governance Program

Tetra Tech International Development Services headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Chief of Party position on a USAID funded program in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands (SI).


Position Description/Summary: Tetra Tech is seeking to hire a qualified Chief of Party to lead all technical and administrative aspects of a 5-year USAID-funded project that will address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, unsustainable forest and land management, the lack of data to inform forest and land management decisions, and the lack of participatory land use planning and livelihood opportunities for forest-dependent communities in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


The COP will be responsible for leading all technical, financial and administrative aspects of the program and will coordinate closely with USAID in developing, implementing, and revising the Activity’s overall field strategy. The COP will be the principal link between USAID, Tetra Tech, and other partners and provide overall strategic and technical guidance to subcontractors. The COP will provide comprehensive expert technical oversight and guidance in all aspects of the program, including monitoring and evaluation, and reporting to USAID. This would be a full-time position and be based in PNG (or possibly Solomon Islands) for the full life of project (anticipated five years).



* Provide leadership and technical expertise for the activity, and supervise expatriate and local teams;

* Develop strategic objectives and confirm project compliance with USAID regulations;

* Manage the activity’s implementation, including overall responsibility for personnel and efficient budgeting and financial management

* Oversee technical activities of the activity and ensure that impact is achieving the results defined in the contract;

* Evaluate and document activity progress and lessons learned;

* Assume responsibility for overall USAID contract management ensuring quality control and timeliness of deliverables.



* Minimum of a Master’s degree in biology, forestry, natural resources management, ecology, law, anthropology, management, administration, or some other relevant discipline is required.

* Not less than 10 years project experience, preferably some in Melanesia working in one or more technical disciplines: biodiversity conservation, forestry, natural resources management, environmental law, land-use planning, and/or other relevant technical areas.

* Minimum of 5 years in director-level role leading and managing complex development programs and multi-disciplinary teams in the Melanesia region, preferably as a Chief of Party for a USAID-funded project.

* Proven track record managing multi-disciplinary development programs and teams, engaging effectively with stakeholders, fostering collaborative learning and adaptive management, and social inclusion with indigenous and other vulnerable populations.

* Strong familiarity with policy, social, economic, environmental, and cultural context in PNG and SI

* Excellent communication skills in English