Counterpart International, Inc.

Chief of Party, Itongo Ryanje, Itunga Ryanje

Job Locations BI-Bujumbura
New Business Development
Employment Type
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Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party to support the Burundi Itongo Ryanje, Itunga Ryanje Activity. The overall objective of the Activity is to improve the livelihoods of women growers and small holders in Ngozi province, Burundi, and subsequently improve their ability to influence their family and community due to increased social status. The Activity will support land titling and certification, improve agricultural productivity and climate-resilience, and increase women growers’ access to resources and markets.


The Chief of Party will provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements and regulations and Counterpart policies and procedures. The ideal candidate will have experience in land rights, agriculture, market systems, and/or women’s economic empowerment.


  • Build an integrated vision among diverse project components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
  • Provide technical guidance to the project staff and partners focusing land titling and certification, agricultural productivity and climate-resilience, and women growers’ access to resources and markets.
  • Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Burundi regarding day-to-day implementation.
  • Liaise with the USAID mission, NGOs, the private sector, Burundian government officials, and other local partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of Activity objectives and achievements.
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
  • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff.
  • Oversee project office finances and administration of sub-contracts and sub-awards.
  • Oversee project office HR practices, ensuring hiring, employee evaluations and promotions are in compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
  • Participate in specialized content (technical) events such as workshops and roundtables, support knowledge management, and share learning across key networks.
  • Leverage networks, program investments, and project successes to seek opportunities for program expansion and promoting Counterpart’s practice areas.


  • University degree (bachelor or higher) in agriculture, business administration, economics, international development, or a related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience in managing a donor funded activity in land rights, economic growth, agriculture, market systems, and/or women’s economic empowerment; USAID experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated supervisory work experience including supervision of technical teams and subcontractors to effectively respond to complex assignments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to women's empowerment, gender equality, and social inclusion.
  • Proven ability to form collaborative relationships with national and local government representatives, NGOs, CSOs, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships and complex regional dynamics.
  • Prior work experience in Burundi or the region.
  • Fluency in English and French required; Kirundi preferred.

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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