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

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

Position Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) 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 Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for working with the Chief of Party (CoP) and the technical team in daily management and operations of the project. This includes support to meet the project’s objectives; manage budget, financial matters, and program staff; manage coordination with partners; maintain working relationships with Government of Sri Lanka officials, key stakeholders, and local organizations; manage reporting to USAID; and delivery high-quality services. The DCoP reports to the CoP.

  • Ensure delivery of high-quality programming through direct supervision of staff and support to partners centered around the program’s objectives and adhering to the anticipated technical quality and reporting standards;
  • Contribute to the project planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; and review annual budgets and quarterly reports;
  • Ensure compliance with both Winrock and USAID requirements, policies, and regulations;
  • Recruit and supervise local staff; oversee the management and development of project office human resources, as well as participate in annual evaluation of staff performance;
  • With support from field and home office staff, take the lead in preparing and submitting timely and accurate activity, financial, and procurement reports to USAID and Winrock;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and oversight to local partner NGOs;
  • Provide technical assistance, support, and information to national and local government officials;
  • Provide oversight and monitoring of organizational capacity development of local organizations, using tailored tools to ensure measurable outcomes and impact;
  • In coordination with CoP, represent the project and Winrock to USAID, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and the local business community;
  • Serve as Acting CoP in the CoP’s absence;
  • 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 6 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 4 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.


  • Experience managing large, donor-funded programs, with demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain systems, policies, and procedures encompassing numerous locations, partners, and staff.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of USAID 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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