Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Caribbean Resilient Economies and Sectors Activity (RESET)

Abt Associates Inc.
Contract Type
Accounting & Finance, Consulting & Project Management, Engineering & Architecture, Government & Public Sector
Bridgetown, Barbados
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Date Posted
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Abt Associates seeks a qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to lead the expected USAID-funded Resilient Economies and Sectors Activity.


About Abt Associates

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Associates. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 4,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment and energy do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game.

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.



USAID has not released a request for proposals (RFP) or a draft scope of work (SOW) but Abt Associates anticipates the Activity will enhance regional collaboration among the Eastern & Southern Caribbean (ESC) countries to grow blue and green businesses and investment, increase climate resilience and funding for new sustainable economic interventions, and explore how blue space can be utilized to improve employment and livelihoods.

The DCOP will oversee day-to-day operations, provide operational and strategic oversight, and support the technical delivery of interventions, reporting directly to the Chief of Party (COP). The DCOP will manage program operations and administration and support technical tasks for the activity and ensure overall compliance with USAID rules and regulations, financial management, international and local personnel recruitment and management, subcontractor management, and activity start-up and close-out. The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party and other team members to guide interventions to meet the activity’s objectives.


The position is anticipated to be full-time for the five-year duration and is based in Bridgetown, Barbados. The position is contingent upon the activity’s award and USAID approval. The tentative start date is around August or September 2023.


Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with and support the Chief of Party (COP) on all tasks including liaising with USAID, senior government officials and counter parts, the donor community, key regional organizations, and other USAID programs.
  • In conjunction with USAID, the COP, and partners, determine annual priorities, develop work plans, and ensure the program responds to changing conditions and operating environments.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight for implementation of program activities, with responsibility (in collaboration with the COP) for the development of high-quality and timely deliverables, management, compliance, and reporting according to USAID and Abt Associates requirements.
  • Provide leadership, management and support strategic direction for the program.
  • Responsible for overseeing program management, operations, and administration including developing and maintaining sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations, accounting best practices, and Abt Associates policies and procedures; overseeing the activity’s procurement and subcontracting; leading development and monitoring of the activity’s budgets; overseeing financial audits; leading recruitment, orientation and training of new administrative or accounting staff; and maintaining regular communications with the senior management team to ensure program funding is managed in line with technical objectives.
  • Provide management and oversight for all cross-cutting deliverables and reporting.
  • Mentor program teams to produce quality work and build capacity over time.
  • In the absence of the COP, serve as the day-to-day activity representative for the activity and point of contact for USAID and Abt Associates.


Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in engineering, economics, finance, international development, business, or a related field.
  • At least 12 years of experience supporting climate change, disaster risk reduction and response, sustainable economic growth, biodiversity conservation, marine and fisheries or related programs for donor institutions with at least 5 years of management experience. Prior experience serving as a DCOP or acting DCOP is desired. 
  • Experience implementing donor funded programs in developing country contexts is required; implementation of these programs in ESC is strongly preferred or other small island developing states (SIDS).
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and sub-national governments, the donor community, and private sector.
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships and motivate subordinates.
  • Strong skills in verbal and written communication required.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Barbadian nationals are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + 12 years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + 10 years of relevant experience, or PhD+ 8 years of relevant experience


What We Offer

We foster an environment where you can Thrive Your Way. Our innovative total rewards programs are designed to help balance your work and personal life. The approach toward your wellbeing centers around comprehensive benefits, flexible schedules, and professional development.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.


Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and your CV at the below link by 6 February 2023


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