Counterpart International, Inc.

Deputy Chief of Party, Stability Through Economic Progress, Unity and Peacebuilding (STEP UP) activity

Job Locations MZ-Pemba
New Business Development
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Counterpart International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Mozambique Stability Through Economic Progress, Unity, and Peacebuilding (STEP UP) Activity which seeks to increase empowerment of local communities to drive their own social and economic development. The DCOP will work with the Chief of Party (COP) to set up, and thereafter manage the activity in Pemba, Mozambique. The STEP UP activity will support grants and capacity development to innovative local businesses and groups, with a focus on areas prone to conflict, including but not limited to Cabo Delgado. The purpose of the activity is to allow communities to participate more actively in their own development through directly providing opportunities and tools. The DCOP will support the in-country management of the program, ensuring the implementation of programmatic activities and overseeing the work of long-term staff and short-term experts and ensuring compliance with US government rules and regulations. This will be a full-time position based in Pemba, Mozambique. This position is contingent upon award.


The DCOP will collaborate with Chief of Party (COP) and contribute to the design and implementation of overarching program goals and strategies, and implementation of tools or processes necessary in reaching determined goals and strategies. This position requires previous senior-level program leadership experience on USAID-funded or other donor supported projects. The DCOP will oversee the technical and operational aspects of the project, develop new activities, facilitate stakeholder relationships, and supporting the improved delivery of services. The DCOP will also contribute to the development of annual work plans, work plan budget and other program management tools that identify key objectives, responsible staff, deliverables and potential roadblocks. The DCOP will demonstrate an innovative mindset exploring and suggesting additional opportunities for activities and grants The DCOP will also be responsible for all other tasks assigned by the COP. The position will report directly to the Chief of Party.


  • Must have current residency in Mozambique.

  • Advanced degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science, Governance and Civil Society and/or other related fields. 

  • Minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible experience in international development; Minimum 2 years working on governance programs.

  • Experience supervising teams of diverse staff and demonstrated leadership capacity;  

  • Previous experience managing USAID-funded programs is required;   

  • Experience managing programs in insecure and rapidly changing environments;

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and financing innovative local businesses including micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME);

  • Experience using a market systems approach to promote the inclusion of women, youth and other marginalized groups;

  • Experience designing and implementing social and economic interventions to mitigate forced displacement in conflict affected areas;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with national and local government counterparts and civil society organizations.

  • Prior experience in the region; Mozambique experience preferred.

  • Experience in managing program start-up in complex, politically sensitive, and resource constrained environment;

  • Experience managing and monitoring cash grants to local organizations;

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadline and deliver quality outputs;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;

  • Professional fluency in Portuguese is required.

Counterpart is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, Ameri-Corps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Accessibility Notice: If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Please view Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


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