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Job Title:

Chief of Party - Development Food Security Activities (DFSA), Zimbabwe

Country and Location


Contract Duration:

5 years

Reports to:

Country Director – GOAL Zimbabwe

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Job Summary

  • GOAL is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for a large multi-year USAID/Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) bid in FY20. This program seeks to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe.
  • The COP will provide the vision and overall leadership and management to the Zimbabwe DFSA FFP project.
  • S/he will be responsible for overseeing the overall management of the project, including the quality of programmatic implementation and administrative elements of the project, the coordination of all consortium partners, and monitoring the budget.
  • The COP will serve as the point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for ensuring compliance, including oversight of partner budgets, finance and administration, and reporting to USAID.

Post requirements:

  • The COP must have proven leadership skills managing projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries.
  • S/he must have prior experience effectively managing USAID development activities.
  • S/he must have demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff, as well as experience managing programmatic and financial reporting.
  • As the person responsible for the representation of the activity, the COP should have prior experience working in Zimbabwe, familiarity with the country’s social landscape, and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • S/he must understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming and within staff and management of the activity.
  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged.
  • A master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration, or a related field combined with a minimum of seven years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, at least five years of which should be in the field, is required.

Behavioural requirements:

  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives
  • Proactively collaborate with individuals, across functions and other organisations to maximise impact.
  • Be open and honest in all your actions with vulnerable communities, partners, colleagues, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Promote open and respectful dialogue across all levels of the organisation.
  • Use sound judgement and adapt quickly to make timely, effective and considered decisions.
  • Speak up when you are aware of wrongdoing and inappropriate behaviours.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

Our package includes a competitive salary, private accommodation, health and travel insurance and 20 days annual leave. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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