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Chief of Party, Low-Cost Private Schools in Ghana
at Opportunity International

Location: Ghana


Opportunity International is seeking qualified Chief of Party candidates for the anticipated USAID-funded Activity, Low-Cost Private Schools (LCPS) in Ghana. The Activity will pilot best practices for strengthening LCPS in northern Ghana to improve learning outcomes, business practices and sustainability.


The COP will be responsible for supervising the implementation of the Work Plan, providing quality control of products prepared by the project team and any sub awardees and providing expert guidance to USAID. The Chief of Party will have significant leadership, management and development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing government relations; a demonstrated experience in private sector and market-based approaches to development; and experience in the education sector.


This position will be based in Accra or Tamale, Ghana (exact location to be determined) and is contingent upon award funding.


  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership of the Activity.

  • Serves as the primary liaison with USAID/Ghana, the Government of Ghana and private sector education programming stakeholders.

  • Ensure quality control over programmatic functions, including development of work plans, budgets, quarterly/annual reports, and ensuring effective implementation of program strategy as articulated in the workplan.

  • Provide technical direction and oversight in the design, implementation, and monitoring of high-quality work plans and budgets.

  • Oversee all project operations, staff, and sub awardees to ensure activities are on track, and are delivered on schedule and on budget.

  • Ensure adherence to USAID, project, corporate and Ghanaian policies and procedures governing all technical work— including cost, schedule, and quality parameters.

  • Work with the award’s contracting/agreement officer’s representative to address challenges and opportunities to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability to achieve targeted results.

  • Demonstrate diplomacy and leadership to foster an atmosphere of teamwork, productivity, creativity, fairness, and innovation.

  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree in education, finance, international development, or another relevant discipline

  • At least 10-years of experience overseeing education, finance, private sector development or related activities in challenging environments, preferably in Ghana or in the region.

  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior-level leadership position (i.e., Chief of Party, Country Director) on programs that involved direction over USAID-funded activities

  • High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaborate with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and effectively and efficiently navigate the rules and regulations of US Government awards.

  • Experience recruiting and managing consultants and overseeing quality control

  • Ability to build and motivate diverse teams with proven leadership, interpersonal, and intercultural skills

  • Written and oral fluency in English

  • Strong analytical and computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based research)

  • An understanding of and a commitment to advancing the mission, vision and values of Opportunity International



Opportunity International was founded in 1971 and exists to bring about a measure of justice, dignity and purpose for families living in poverty. They do this by supporting local finance institutions that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create small businesses and build vibrant communities.


Opportunity International serves 12 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 28 countries around the world and have big plans for the world: a world without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose. Clients have ambitious dreams for their futures, but lack the opportunities needed to make those dreams a reality.



Please send a cover letter highlighting your fit for the position and resume to with the subject title “Opportunity International COP”.

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