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Chief of Party, Early Grade Learning Activity

at World Learning



Chief of Party, Nepal Early Grade Learning Activity

Full-time staff

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Period of Performance: Five years estimated to begin in August 2021


World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization working to create a more peaceful and just world through education, development, and exchange. We are seeking an experienced Chief of Party to lead and manage the anticipated USAID/Nepal Early Grade Learning Activity to improve learning outcomes. Areas of focus include working closely with national, provincial, and municipal government officials to improve curricula, early grade reading/math assessment, school financing and management planning, data systems, teacher training, and inclusive education.


The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the program and will provide program and operations oversight. S/he will also serve as the main representative of the activity and World Learning’s principal interlocutor with USAID, as well as with government and civil society counterparts, and local and international stakeholders. S/he is expected to play a proactive role in forging partnerships and leveraging resources to sustain implementation of the activity. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic individual and seasoned Project Director and/or Chief of Party with experience working in Nepal or the region, able to work effectively and respectfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experienced in primary education programs.




  • Provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the activity

  • Determine annual priorities and develop work plans with USAID, Government of Nepal, World Learning HQ, and other stakeholders

  • Oversee administration, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure alignment with budget allocations, internal policies, and USAID regulations

  • Ensure reports, work plans, and other program deliverables are timely and of high quality

  • Serve as the lead liaison with the donor, implementing partners, and key stakeholders including government representatives of Nepal

  • Report regularly to World Learning HQ to provide timely updates of activity developments, implementation issues, and key decisions

  • Manage and supervise a team of local staff and consultants

  • Represent World Learning at conferences, working groups, and meetings

  • Other responsibilities as required



  • Advanced degree in education or related field required

  • At least 10 years of experience working in the education sector, preferably in Nepal or the region

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements

  • Early grade-level teaching, inclusion, curriculum development, teacher training, school financing and management planning, or related experience

  • Proven leadership and management skills as USAID Chief of Party or similar position

  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills including fluency in English (required)

  • Commitment to the principles of inclusive approaches to programming that encourage full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other marginalized status



Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to with “World Learning – Nepal COP” in the subject line. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.



World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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