Sri Lanka: Chief of Party, Sri Lanka Civil Society Organization Program

Organization: Winrock International
Country: Sri Lanka
Closing date: 01 Mar 2017

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party (CoP) will be responsible for implementing a high-quality, results-oriented program focused on strengthening civil society organizations’ (CSOs) technical capacity, financial sustainability, and ability to constructively engage the public and the government as a key driver of reform in Sri Lanka. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of a high-quality program. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain relationships with project stakeholders (including government and private industry stakeholders, subgrantees and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with private companies; and oversee the delivery of technical and financial reports to USAID.

  • Manage the Sri Lanka CSO Project which includes developing and overseeing annual planning; timely, high-quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables;
  • Oversee project budget and ensure that all financial activity is carried out in accordance with annual budget allocations, Winrock policy, and USAID guidelines;
  • With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate activity, financial, and procurement reports to USAID and Winrock;
  • Maintain close communication with USAID, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government ministries or officials;
  • Provide oversight and monitoring of organizational capacity development of local organizations, using tailored tools to ensure measurable outcomes and impact;
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant initiatives;
  • Hire and supervise local project staff and annually evaluate their performance;
  • Represent the project and Winrock to USAID, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and the local business community;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Background:

Successful candidates will have strong management skills as well as salient experience implementing civil society strengthening programming preferably in Sri Lanka/South or Southeast Asia. Specific experience and specialization in the areas of capacity building of CSOs, development of CSO networks, and supporting civil society advocacy and engagement in reform processes. Significant project management experience and leadership is highly desired.

Education: Master’s level degree required in international development, leadership, political science, or a relevant social science discipline.


  • Applicants must have a minimum of 8 years’ experience managing civil society strengthening and governance programming leading to policy reform and/or increased coordination and engagement between civil society and government. This would also include a minimum of 6 years’ of demonstrated managerial and/or team leadership experience.
  • Experience in the South or Southeast Asia is required, and Sri Lanka strongly preferred.

Management Experience:

  • Experience managing, to the highest ethical standards, international projects
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time and on budget.
  • Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation of strategic plans.
  • Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Good track record working with and/or partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations, including senior US and host country government officials, international agencies, private sector companies, and donor organizations.


  • Knowledge or understanding of policy reform processes, civil society strengthening and engagement, governance structure and policy issues in developing countries.
  • Experience in working to increase CSOs’ technical capacity, financial management capability, and ability to engage with governments on policy reform.
  • Experience in working effectively with local CSOs and governments to improve and expand partnerships and processes on policy reform.
  • Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).

How to apply:

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