United States of America: Chief of Party – Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)

By Abt Associates Organization: Abt Associates
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Dec 2018


Abt Associates is currently seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) 7 Pillar 1 Task Order. The project’s goal is to provide timely, accurate and evidence-based analysis of current and future acute food insecurity worldwide, utilizing advanced tools and skills to forecast acute food insecurity and incorporating new technologies and methods for assessing current and future food insecurity. The pillar will also continue to support the development of local capacities to monitor and assess food security, and provide early warning for decision-making.

The COP will be responsible for task order leadership and implementation. The COP will represent Abt and coordinate with other FEWS NET IDIQ partners, inter-agency agreement partners, and among USAID-funded projects. The COP will also lead collaboration and network development activities with national, regional, and global partners. He/she will ensure the project achieves results including project deliverables and targets in an effective and compliant manner.

Position is contingent upon contract award to Abt Associates.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide management leadership (programmatic, financial and administrative) for the project ensuring full alignment with national and international standards
  • Oversee the implementation of the project ensuring the achievement of all project deliverables and targets in a timely manner
  • Represent Abt and build and maintain excellent, productive relationships with USAID, FEWS NET IDIQ partners, inter-agency agreement partners, and national government counterparts and relevant civil society organizations and serve as a leader in the food security community
  • Provide vision and guidance to the project staff
  • Bring in technology, analytic, and process innovations to FEWS NET pillar 1 activities
  • Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and implement strategies to overcome them
  • Lead collaboration and network development activities with national, regional, and global partners
  • Lead development of food insecurity response strategy at regional, country, or sub-country levels as necessary
  • Supervise data gathering and documentation to build the FEWS NET evidence base, ensuring data quality and resolving any data quality issues that may arise
  • Supervise food insecurity analysis and decision-support
  • Supervise the development of options for continuous improvements in forecasting processes and skills, and forecasting accuracy
  • Supervise and oversee the work of project staff, partners, and subcontractors
  • Exercise sound financial management skills including effective project spending
  • Uphold the standards of Abt Associates to lead a high performing team; ensure strict compliance to USAID and Abt’s policies, regulations and internal controls
  • Guide the learning agenda for the project, use lessons learned to modify project approaches and strategies, and disseminate findings
  • Review technical materials to ensure high quality products


  • Master’s Degree or higher in food security, economics, disaster management, or other relevant FEWS NET field
  • At least 15 years of senior-level experience designing, implementing, and managing or evaluating complex and multi-country food security or disaster management programmes
  • Demonstrated technical depth and understanding of the global food security sector, including international work experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing programs that flexibly respond to unanticipated crises or developments, preferably in the food security sector
  • Proven experience working on issues of food insecurity, famine, and/or disaster management required
  • Demonstrated risk management expereince and familiarity with conflict and post-conflict environments (Yemen, Afghanistan, etc.), preferred
  • Demonstrated data management experience, preferably including forecasting experience
  • Demonstrated success managing complex multi-counry donor programs is desired, previous USAID project experience strongly preferred
  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships with other projects, local organizations, host country governments, and international agencies
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in English required
  • Experience working with FEWS NET interagency partners preferred
  • Prior FEWS NET experience and familiarity preferred

How to apply:


Please submit the following to EarlyWarning@abtassoc.com: Updated CV and cover letter. Please include “FEWS NET Call for Experts” in the email subject line.

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