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Chief Of Party - Nigeria Local Government Project at Abt Associates

Abt Associates is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID five year local governance strengthening project in Nigeria. The project aims to increase effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of selected state and local governments. It will focus on strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors including basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation, and hygiene; efficiency of key governance operations; government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and governments and civil society’s capacity to manage conflict.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction
  • Serve as the project’s primary liaison with the client and all partners and stakeholders
  • Guide implementation of the project’s strategic long-term vision Develop work plans and other documents to be submitted and reviewed by USAID.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID requirements and international audit practices.
  • Coordinate project efforts with other international donor-funded activities.
  • Serve as the principal contact for USAID, the government of Nigeria, counterparts and non-governmental stakeholders on program communications and technical implementation activities.



  • Master’s degree in public administration or policy, public financial management, law, social sciences, or other relevant field
  • Minimum ten (10) years of demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development programs, preferably on governance, public financial management, or service delivery activities
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience as chief of party or project director, managing complex donor-funded contracts that involve coordination with multiple project stakeholders
  • Strong capabilities in institutional capacity development, local governance and decentralization high-level strategic planning and leadership, and collaborating with state-level governors, other government actors, civil society organizations, and other development partners
  • Knowledge of and an understanding of the Nigerian governance system at the federal, state, and local government level preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

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