Counterpart International, Inc.

Deputy Chief of Party

Job Locations NE-Niamey
Employment Type
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Counterpart International is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party to support the newly-launched Resilient Governance in Niger (RGN) opportunity. RGN will serve as the leading governance activity of the USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel - Enhanced II (RISE II) project.  The RGN Activity (2021-2026) strengthens the social contract between state and citizens and enhances individual, household, and community resilience in 19 communes in the Maradi, Tillabéri, and Zinder regions. RGN increases the capacity of communal governments to act as resilient hubs for inclusive local development, bringing together civil society (especially women, youth, and other excluded groups), the private sector, other tiers of government, donors, and stakeholders to support locally-defined priorities.


The DCOP provides the technical leadership for RGN and oversees the development and implementation of selected program objectives. S/he will be responsible for building relations with government and other stakeholders, coordinate with and oversee sub-awardees performance  S/he will serve as acting COP and undertake their responsibilities in his absence.  Works closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical and managerial oversight for the Activity, including the development and implementation of the Activity’s annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports. He will assist the COP in program oversight, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of the activity.


The successful candidate will be a Public Sector Governance Specialist with senior management experience and including significant experience in managing and implementing donor-supported development projects of similar size and complexity. S/he will have strong knowledge and understanding of how key government, civil society, private sector, faith-based, and media actors operate and can either become potential allies or spoilers for RGN goals. The DCOP will understand the dynamics and relationships among these actors as well as the impacts of the political economy affecting implementation areas.



  • Relevant Advanced degree in a Business/Public Administration, Economics, International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science or other related field.



  • Minimum of 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development;
  • Significant experience managing complex USAID-funded programs highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience managing and implementing development projects focused on public policy reform, government accountability and civil society strengthening, preferably in Niger and/or West Africa;
  • Proven leadership capacity and experience supervising teams of diverse staff;
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively in advanced, intricate, politically sensitive contexts;
  • Proven record of effectively communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders, specifically on technical aspects of implementation
  • A track record of working effectively with high-level host country counterparts, partner and government representatives, donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadline and deliver quality outputs;
  • Experience with adaptive management approaches.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; required
  • Professional proficiency in French required. 


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