Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Engility Corporation


Engility Corporation, building on IRG's legacy in international developmentseeks an experienced Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)for an anticipated USAID funded agriculture project in Timor-Leste. The goal of the project is to increase the ability of farmers to effectively utilize resources to engage in the private sector to increase productivity in the agriculture sector and benefit from sustainable economic growth. To achieve this objective, activities will include strengthening the horticulture value chain, improving land use planning, land tenure and natural resource management and supporting complementary activities for nutrition, behavior change and life skills.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will be responsible for managerial and technical support for program activities. The DCOP will also be the technical lead on horticulture and farmer training. The DCOP should be capable of standing in for the COP or Agribusiness Specialist as needed. The Deputy Chief of Party will provide leadership support and guide all aspects of operations management to ensure successful implementation in line with set standards and programmatic objectives.


  • Develop and refine operational systems and processes; supervise all operations staff
  • Ensure project compliance, and staff understanding of all USAID, Engility and local regulations, policies and procedures
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and documents to USAID
  • Provide support to finance and programmatic teams, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of budget management and programmatic activities, compliance, and documentation
  • Ensure that internal and external financial reports are of high quality; work with other departments in the finalization of reports prior to final review by COP
  • Support the COP in responding to stakeholder requests for information; liaise with other partners and stakeholders as requested
  • Oversee the development of program budgets in coordination with the Accounting & Finance Director; assist in coordinating work plans
  • Lead development of internal control systems
  • Liaise with accounting department and project management unit for general backstopping, etc.
  • Minimize fraud via active monitoring and close coordination with internal and external auditors; oversee the procurement function's international and local procurements
  • Assume responsibility for asset management and maintenance
  • Assist COP with duties in interviewing and supervising staff as required
  • Assume responsibility for development of effective communications materials and reports for donor

This is a contingent position based on contract award and customer funding.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 12 years of work experience in agriculture, agribusiness, or value-chain development projects; Masters with 10 years of work experience in agriculture, agribusiness, or value-chain development projects; PhD degree with 7 years of work experience in agriculture, agribusiness, or value-chain development projects
  • 5 years of experience in managing large, complex donor-funded development projects with progressive responsibility
  • Experience managing (as COP, DCOP or similar position) 20 or more staff in a complex, multi-disciplinary activity including ideally 2 years of that experience working on USAID-funded contracts
  • Experience in USAID regulations, policies and reporting requirements
  • Results oriented team player with demonstrated successes
  • Experience living or working in Timor-Leste
  • Experience managing or implementing USAID-funded projects
  • Tetum Proficiency
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