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Acting Chief of Party (Short-Term)


DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm and small business dedicated to development, with over 30 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. We are a data driven organization that specializes in informing policy making by delivering focused data-driven evidence-based analysis products and services.  DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.

DevTech manages the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (The MEL Activity). The overall goal of The MEL Activity is for USAID/Nigeria to become a premier practitioner of program monitoring and evaluation with an embedded learning and adaptive culture which ensure Mission activities strategically align with USAID/Nigeria’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) development objectives (DO). The ultimate expected results are to strengthen USAID’s M&E system, to enhance M&E capacity of local entities, to improve accountability and the use of empirical evidence for programming, learning and adapting, and to maintain strategic alignment with the DOs outlined in the Mission’s CDCS. To support the Mission’s activities and reporting requirements, DevTech/MEL is developing an improved reporting tool, Performance Reporting System (PRS)/Monitor, which tracks indicator performance across the Mission’s portfolio.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

DevTech is seeking an Acting Chief of Party for The MEL Activity who will provide strong program leadership and guidance in the absence of the Chief of Party for approximately one month, beginning early March--this position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria. 

  • S/he will provide strong management support, supervise 6-8 technical staff and will actively participate in the daily management of the project.
  • Provide support in organizational learning and knowledge management, and M&E.
  • Support USAID/Nigeria during mid-course stocktaking for the CDCS, semi-annual portfolio reviews, four evaluations, and several data quality assessments.


  • Master’s degree in the social sciences, organizational learning, knowledge management, public administration, international development, or related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ senior level experience in international development with a track record demonstrating strong management skills and a focus on knowledge management and/or organizational learning. 
  • Minimum 5-7 years as DCOP, minimum 2-3 years as COP or similar senior level position on a large, complex USG-funded program (preferred).
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in M&E, qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection, and analysis.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with USAID Forward, contracting processes, reporting policies (preferred).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in varied cultural contexts.
  • Strong oral English and writing.
  • Strong presentation skills, charismatic speaker for presentations and forums with stakeholders.

Experience Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate must be a self-starter with demonstrated success in managing complex operational, logistical, and staffing needs in addition to having strong CLA and M&E knowledge and experience. 
  • Senior level experience in designing, implementing and managing complex, USAID-funded, monitoring and evaluation and/or development programs.
  • Experience overseeing the work of and mentoring staff and local partners in support of capacity building efforts.
  • Experience reporting effectively and comprehensively on complex portfolio of monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities.
  • Experience in building an organizational culture of learning and a strong network of professional relationships with government and non-government stakeholders in a cross-cultural context. 
  • Experience in designing and implementing knowledge management and organizational learning interventions through discussions, seminars, and other forums.
  • Experience working and/or living in Nigeria and/or other conflicted or post-conflict states (preferred). 
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