AECOM Chief of Party (South Sudan) in Juba, Sudan

Requisition/Vacancy No. 144876BR

Position Title Chief of Party (South Sudan)

Job Category International Development

Business Line Government

Country Sudan

State/Province/Region SD - Blue Nile

City Juba

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About the Business Line


AECOM works with national and local governments around the world to manage and support critical programs in the areas of defense, security and intelligence; energy and climate change; environmental cleanup and waste management; infrastructure development, protection and resilience; and international development. Our global operations and connected expertise enable us to provide cutting-edge, relevant and cost-effective solutions that help our clients safeguard and enrich society and the world we live in.

Job Summary


The USAID-funded Viable Support to Transition and Stability (VISTAS) program has the goal of supporting the people of South Sudan transition to a stable, secure, and productive country that can manage conflict and deliver services and economic opportunities to its citizens. Renewed conflict and resulting humanitarian disaster threaten the very viability of South Sudan as a state. In view of this, South Sudan’s challenges are to work through the established Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led and US supported peace process.

VISTAS activities are intended to mitigate the destabilizing impact of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, revitalize war-shattered communities, cultivate peaceful dialogue, and promote democratic transformation through engagement with national political and reconciliation processes, as well as local governance. AECOM implements this program on behalf of USAID’s Office of Transition and Conflict Mitigation (OTCM).

VISTAS seeks to promote local resilience, conflict reduction, and democratic transformation through a wide range of transition activities including: in-kind grants, distribution of goods and services, short term technical assistance, and training. AECOM is currently recruiting for the VISTAS Chief of Party (COP) position. The COP will be based in Juba with frequent travel to the field. The position requires frequent travel to remote project sites and a high level of leadership, resourcefulness, teamwork, and problem-solving while operating within USAID and AECOM regulations.


The COP serves as the chief operating officer of the VISTAS program solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and programmatic integrity. Working as one team with the OTCM Country Representative and team, the COP facilitates overall in-country relations with relevant USG institutions; provides oversight of grant and non-grant activities; supervises VISTAS staff, ensures proper subcontracting and grant making. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leads field implementation team in South Sudan and serves as AECOM’s primary field point of contact with OTCM.

  • Supervises all field-based program technical staff, consultants, local national staff, and STTA. Delineates supervision within the team, as necessary and as warranted.

  • Consults with stakeholders on a regular basis to obtain feedback on project impact.

  • Oversees grant activities in close coordination with OTCM, including ensuring appropriate grant design, establishment and compliance of grant procedures, grant development, grant worthiness, grant implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation and grant closing.

  • Provides overall supervision of the activity development and the implementation, from activity idea stage through completion and close-out.

  • As directed by OTCM, manages the implementation of the activity-level monitoring and evaluation system.

  • Ensures that appropriate procedures are developed and complied with for implementation of all transition activities, including overseeing the training and capacity building of staff and activity recipients.

  • Ensures that relevant staff use, maintain, and upload weekly reports to the Activity Database, and that the data is consistent and complete.

  • Provides overall leadership and vision to VISTAS field team.

  • Ensures that project objectives and deliverables are of high quality and are submitted in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Manages financial and activity reporting on AECOM progress in meeting VISTAS goals and objectives.

  • Provides project briefings and field-based quality control on all reports and other project outputs on request from OTCM.

  • Additional tasks as requested

Minimum Requirements

  • Relevant work experience, including experience with a contractor or international NGO managing a donor-funded program, preferably in South Sudan.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries.

  • Demonstrated management and communications skills.

  • Significant experience with grant management, preferably in-kind and small grants.

  • Experience working in developing countries, preferably in fragile or transitional state environments.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing management and administrative systems.

  • Experience hiring, supervising and releasing local and international personnel.

  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; procurement; budget tracking; financial reporting, and project accounting.

  • Experience with transition support activity design, development, and implementation.

  • Experience with OTI activity database or similar knowledge management system.

  • Strong written and verbal skills—excellent diplomatic tact.

  • English fluency required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Arabic proficiency is beneficial.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.