VACANCY:Deputy Chief of Party/Technical

June 8, 2018 1:00 am

Deputy Chief of Party/Technical

Tetra Tech ARD is looking for a Deputy Chief of Party/Technical to ensure that learning results are integrated and articulated within each activity included in the final, approved AWP. The DCOP/Technical will serve on the Senior Management Team and, along with all SMT Members, be called upon to represent the Program, as delegated by the COP, to USAID, other international donors and senior-level Government officials, policy makers and other events on a case by case basis.


The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) program is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to improve conservation and climate-resilient, low-emissions growth across West Africa. Although regional in scope and design, WA BiCC focuses on targeted geographical areas within the region to improve governance and policy over critical natural and human systems. By working through the core regional partners, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mano River Union (MRU) and the Abidjan Convention, and with targeted national and sub-national institutions, WA BiCC increases the capacity of institutions at all levels to address the three core WA BiCC components. These are combatting wildlife trafficking, increasing coastal resilience to climate change and reducing deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss.

WA BiCC is implemented by Tetra Tech ARD, in association with four subcontractors, also referred to as implementing partners: Palladium, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), PCI Media Impact (PCI), and Pact Inc.


  • Lead and provide oversight to all technical aspects of the Program related to the three core technical components and ensure that learning objectives are defined and implemented on a continuous basis during work plan implementation
  • Oversee the development of technical work plan proposals for the Annual Work Plan with all technical/program staff and work with the DCOP/Operations and his team to ensure that adequate budget resources are available to support proposed activities
  • Work with DCOP/Operations to ensure that finances related to technical activities are planned and managed effectively in close coordination with all technical/program staff
  • Ensure that technical staff and activities comply with Tetra Tech’s management, operational and security procedures, policies and regulations, as well as USAID’s procedures and regulations, including the Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP).
  • Work with the Knowledge Management and Learning Specialist to ensure that the Learning Products developed under Component Leads contribute strategically to the WA BiCC-wide KML and Communications Strategies.
  • Ensure quality control for technical content and strategic relevance on all technical activities, concepts, scopes of work, deliverables and ensure that reasonable deadlines are set and met and all written products are of a high-quality and near ready for external audiences.
  • Lead the development for all KML/Communications products identified in the Technical Unit including technical and/or policy briefs, technical documents, blogs, vlogs, Exposure pieces, monthly, annual and semi-annual reports and ensure high-quality writing and substance with clear messaging, identified audiences and all elements to ensure that knowledge and lessons generated are effectively articulated and disseminated
  • Serve as a Member of the SMT.


  • Demonstrated expertise and at least ten years’ professional experience working in climate change, natural resource management or biodiversity development programs with proven results in the development of KML/Communications or other outreach/influence or related products. Direct experience working in West Africa is highly desirable.
  • Minimum five years of work experience as Deputy Chief of Party, Senior Program Manager or an equivalent position managing large (at least $5 million per year), complex development programs, preferably within a West African context.
  • Experience working on regional programs strongly preferred.
  • Excellent and verifiable writing and editing English language skills. English-French bilingual skills strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic thinking and policy analysis and able to dialogue with host country government and regional organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects, flexible and creative.
  • Proven, high quality technical writing and editing experience for diverse audiences, including USAID.
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender programming.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (government, private sector, NGOs, research institutions).
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with an additional ten years’ experience to the required minimums above.

To be considered, applicants must submit the following as part of this on-line application process:

  • A letter of application explaining individual qualifications for this opportunity
  • A current CV in reverse chronological format
  • A list of at least 4 professional references including name, contact information, and statement of relationship to the reference
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.

The full scope of work can be found below:

Deputy Chief of Part Technical.PDF

Please send applications to by June 15 2018. 

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