Chief of Party, USAID/Mozambique Stability Through Economic Progress, Unity and Peacebuilding (STEP UP), Mozambique At Management Systems International

Company Profile:

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at

Proposal Summary:
The USAID-funded Mozambique STEP UP activity will support communities prone to conflict, including but not limited to Cabo Delgado, to participate more actively in their own development through directly providing opportunities and tools. The activity would create various grant challenges for business and social cohesion, reach out to entrepreneurs, businesses and civil society organizations with opportunities to apply for the grants, uphold a rigorous progress for selecting recipients, and provide targeted support to support recipients’ implementation and achievement of results.

Position Summary:
MSI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) to serve as the senior-most in-country project representative and lead the technical and operational aspects of the activity. The ideal candidate will provide expertise to ensure effective implementation of all project activities. The COP will also take the lead in coordinating with USAID representatives, the Government of Mozambique, and other implementing partners. This will be a full-time position based in Maputo, Mozambique. This position is contingent upon award.

**Please note: Mozambican citizens are highly encouraged to apply**


  • Provide overall strategic vision, management and technical direction of program activities.
  • Supervise field technical and administrative staff, as well as partner organizations.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Mozambique.
  • Lead coordination and communication with key stakeholders, stakeholders, partners, donors, and other government agencies, as well as among various partners, sub-awardees, and grantees.
  • Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, prime and subcontractors, suppliers and partners. Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns.
  • Oversee work planning, performance management, data collection, quality assurance and quality control methods, budgetary control, and responsiveness of technical assistance to ensure compliance with USAID regulations.
  • Coordinate with Headquarters support staff to ensure compliance with corporate policies, fiscal management practices and reporting requirements.


  • Advanced degree in public administration, public policy, finance, political science, international development or other relevant field.
  • Ten (10) years of professional experience with at least three years of COP or team leader in a program of similar size and scope, or relevant experience working in governance, stabilization and peacebuilding programs.
  • Knowledge of related technical areas such as private sector engagement, social cohesion, grantmaking, and/or economic development.
  • Demonstrated capability to develop solid working relationships with a broad range of high-level host country governments, and international agencies.
  • Prior experience supervising large teams on donor-funded projects of similar size and scope, preferably funded by USAID.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with national and local government counterparts and civil society organizations.
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation.
  • Experience advancing equity and inclusion of women, youth, and other marginalized groups.
  • Prior experience in the region; Mozambique experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, supervision, and written/oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in Portuguese highly preferred.

At MSI Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. MSI Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state and federal authorities.

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


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October 2023