Chief of Party – Community Nutrition Activity (CNA) program

at Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 19, 2022
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


About the job

Action Against Hunger – USA seeks an experienced Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity (CNA) program. Under this anticipated program, USAID/Ethiopia seeks to improve the nutritional status of women and children by improving appropriate nutritional behaviors and utilization of nutrition services. The COP will be responsible for technical leadership, strategic vision, and the overall management and operations of the USAID CNA activity. Working with Action Against Hunger Regional and Headquarters staff, and under the direction of the Action Against Hunger – USA Country Director, the COP directly represents the CNA activity with USAID, the Government of Ethiopia, participating community-based organizations, and other USAID implementing partners. As appropriate the COP will liaise with other donor-funded programs. The COP supervises all project staff and partners, including technical and financial teams. This position is contingent upon award and will be a full-time role based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Key activities in your role will include:

  • Serve as the primary liaison with the USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) on management and technical matters.
  • Establish relationships with government counterparts, civil society, and other stakeholders for engagement on the project.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID rules/regulations and Action Against Hunger processes.
  • Ensure that the project meets stated goals, outcomes, benchmarks, and reporting requirements and is able to identify issues and risks in a timely manner.
  • Lead coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, including partners, government stakeholders, civil society, and other USAID projects.
  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities including oversight of the coordination of sub-recipients and sub-grantees as well as MEL activities.
  • Oversee project administration, schedules, and budgets, including the development of approved annual workplans and project budgets.
  • Provides overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project.
  • Represent the CNA project at regional, national, and international conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Action Against Hunger’s thought leadership.
  • Mentor and manage staff in a respectful and transparent manner, working with staff, partners, volunteers, and community members to build their capacity.

Our Core values.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate Action Against Hunger-USA’s five core values
Respect- we work with compassion and dedication, treating everyone the same way we expect them to treat us.
Integrity-: we believe that being honest and fair is integral to every aspect of our work. conducting our work with a spirit of sincerity, truthfulness and transparency is imperative.
Creativity-we encourage new ideas, embrace innovative solutions, and create opportunities for meaningful and exciting ways to do our jobs and provide solutions to address the needs of the populations we serve.
Excellence- we strive to provide services that meet and even exceed the expectations of our stakeholders (populations in need, staff, communities and donors).
Empowerment- we are committed to fostering an environment in which our staff, partners and communities where we work have the space to grow, develop and feel confident about participating.
Gender Equality Commitments

  • Ability to foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect for all cultures.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in public health, nutrition, or relevant field.
  • At least fifteen (15+) years of experience in the successful implementation of international development activities of a similar size and scope, preferably in Ethiopia or Africa.
  • At least eight (8+) years of experience as a COP or in a comparable managerial position on donor-funded projects, preferably for USAID programs, with demonstrated experience working in Ethiopia.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of community engagement in Ethiopia, especially in 2nd or 3rd tier communities.
  • Proven experience building capacity for local government and community leaders, especially those populations under 30 years of age in Ethiopia, through small grants or other methodologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Known reputation and offers outstanding referrals for successfully building and effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead/supervise a diverse team on projects of similar scale financially, culturally, staff size, and activities).
  • Demonstrated experience with multisectoral nutrition programs – technical background in governance, systems strengthening, nutrition or resilience related programming
  • Demonstrated ability to work in development and/or humanitarian environments, which includes working with different stakeholders, including community organizations, government institutions, private sector entities, and US Government agencies.
  • Demonstrated skills in conflict sensitivity, problem solving and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated work fostering gender equities both in the participant communities as well as in the mentorship of the CNA program team.
  • Demonstrated experience working with disadvantaged, marginalized or otherwise under-represented communities, including internally displaced persons, women, and girls.
  • Knowledge of the current political, social, and economic context of Ethiopia
  • Demonstrated strong writing and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to reside and work in Ethiopia full time.
  • Travel within Ethiopia and internationally.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Fluency in Amharic (oral, writing, and reading).
  • Women and Ethiopia nationals are encouraged to apply.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance.
  • Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as needed or required by contact with the missions or other obligations.
  • Must be able to travel coach fare for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the missions if appropriate.
  • While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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