The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a dynamic, fast-moving company that implements prime projects for USAID and the State Department. We specialize in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. Kaizen works in conflict/ post-conflict environments and has strong CVE and stability elements. We are committed to top quality implementation, and, as a result, we were selected as USAID's Small Business of the Year in June of 2017.
The Kaizen Company is responding to the release of a Request for Proposals from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) with the means to support U.S. foreign policy objectives by catalyzing local initiatives to advance stability, peace and democracy in response to complex political crises. The objective of this Support Which Implements Fast Transition (SWIFT) 5 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) is to a) establish, staff, manage, operate, and support a flexible, quick response mechanism capable of administering and implementing targeted activities under OTI Country or Regional Programs; and, b) provide support to program-funded USAID personnel.
Kaizen is seeking illustrative Deputy Chiefs of Party (DCOPs) with significant experience working in complex environments to support the Chief of Party to effectively manage and implement potential Task Orders. The DCOP’s responsibilities may include: oversight of Transition Activities Pool (TAP) programming; financial, procurement, and budgeting management; human resources, personnel recruitment and management; subcontractor management; and Task Order start-up and close-out. The DCOP will be responsible for ensuring compliance with USAID rules and regulations and coordinating with Kaizen’s Home Office on all compliance issues. The DCOP will be expected to have a good grasp of the programmatic aspects of the program and be prepared to step in as needed to support the COP and other program staff in activity development aspects of the project while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.
The candidates selected for this illustrative position will be included on an elite roster of individuals. Please note that this is not a guarantee of hire, however those included will be among the first of whom we would reach out to for assignments under this contract.
- At least four (4) years of experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role, preferably with some demonstrated supervisory experience.
- Experience with a donor, Contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program highly desired, but not required.
- Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment.
- The candidate should be fluent in USAID’s policies and procedures in regard to human resources, financial management, financial reporting, and procurement processes, systems, and grants management.
- It is highly desired, but not required that the candidate have experience with grants or small grants under contract programs, and preferably cash grants to local organizations.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is highly desired, but not required.
- Experience working in countries undergoing transition and/or security challenged environments highly desired, but not required.
- Fluency or demonstrated working proficiency in at least one other foreign language highly desired, but not required.
- (If CCN) Complete fluency in written and oral English is required.
- All operations including, but not limited to, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, and property.
- Ensuring that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, assuring fair and transparent procurement processes, review of financial management, and monitoring grant implementation.
- Ensuring that the most reasonable, fair, expeditious, and appropriate procurement choices are made pursuant to the Contractor Procurement Guide.
- Supervising the Contractor’s day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations (including the project's facilities such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting and act as the Chief of Party when s/he is absent from the program.
- Supervising the daily financial operations of the contract, which include cash flow management, time sheet recording, reporting to OTI on the financial aspects of the project, and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures.
- Ensuring continuous liquidity for the project; handle all human resource issues; supervise the day-to-day implementation of all grants made under the program; and investigate and identify new ways of achieving project efficiencies.
- Coordinating with Kaizen’s Home Office on all compliance issues, seeking legal and policy guidance on sanctions and other applicable restrictions.
- While not directly responsible for overseeing activity development, the DCOP will be expected to have a good grasp of the programmatic aspects of the program and be prepared to step in as needed to support the COP and other program staff in activity development aspects of the project while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.