Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – Ghana, Accra, Ghana at Democracy International (DI)

Position: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – Ghana


Accra, Ghana

Job Id: 514

# of Openings: 1

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a Deputy Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated five-year Performance Accountability Activity in Ghana funded by USAID. This activity will focus on strengthening civil society oversight of and feedback into government performance in public service delivery and to support government, especially at the local level, and public service providers to be more responsive to citizen demand in delivering quality essential services. This is based on the premise that citizen action and engagement are critical for ensuring that the government delivers quality services with increased accountability. This will be a full-time position based in Accra, Ghana, and will be contingent on award and funding. This position is open to both expatriates and Ghanaian citizens. For more information, please read the Request for Information ( link). The DCOP will lead programmatic, operational, and administrative activities of the activity and will report to the Chief of Party. The DCOP will support the Chief of Party to develop a strong vision and implementation of the program with an evidence-based approach, integrating innovative strategies and delivering on all objectives of the project. They will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of operations staff, along with a subset of programmatic staff. They will also provide mentorship and training, as needed, for all national staff. The DCOP will be responsible for grants management, financial and programmatic reporting, procurement, budgeting and financial monitoring, oversight of political reporting and analysis, technical oversight of certain activities, monitoring and evaluation, and responding to funder requests as needed. The successful candidate must be a development professional with significant international program management experience, preferably in Ghana or other countries with similar settings.

Essential Job Duties:

The position’s responsibilities will include:

  •  Ensure effective field coordination;
  •  Provide guidance and coordinate support to the programmatic teams and sub-grantees, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of programmatic and budget management activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation;
  •  Supervise a team of finance, grants, operations and administrative professionals; provide capacity building and mentoring when necessary, and ensure effective implementation of administrative and financial procedures compliant with DI and USAID policies;
  •  Oversee financial tracking systems and coordinate and monitor project budgets to ensure all expenditures are in compliance with DI and donor regulations and within the scope of the program’s long-term budget;
  •  Ensure that timely cash flow analyses and projections are provided and accurate for internal management purposes and to the donor, as needed;
  •  Review and oversee administrative, procurement, and financial management procedures and recommend improvements as needed;
  •  Oversee staff capacity-building across the program and provide evaluation and workforce management to ensure their continued growth;
  •  Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s contract with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  •  Provide technical advice and support to build capacity of local organizations on specific activities;
  •  Work in collaboration with internal project teams supporting good governance and civic engagement in Jordan; and
  •  Serve as a secondary liaison for finance and administration with USAID and serve in an acting capacity in the absence of the COP.

Secondary Job Duties:

  •  Contribute to ongoing Democracy International business development efforts, in Ghana and around the world


  •  Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience of 7 years;
  •  Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID compliance and reporting requirements as well as a thorough understanding of the USAID regulatory environment;
  •  Significant relevant experience in project management and supervising staff, preferably as an operations manager for projects in developing and/or transition countries;
  •  Substantial experience working on democracy support, civil society, media or other topics relevant to democratic development;
  •  Experience and technical expertise working on public service delivery, citizen engagement, civil society advocacy, government accountability and transparency, local governance, and evidence-based decision-making particularly in an international development context, strongly preferred;
  •  Experience working across sectors, such as health, education, agriculture, energy, and fisheries on cross-sectoral issues (e.g., corruption, gender and youth, conflict mitigation, climate change), preferred;
  •  Familiarity or expertise in social and behavioral science, behavioral insights, behavior change, and/or social behavioral change communication, desired;
  •  Demonstrated skills in planning, conflict management, and budgeting;
  •  Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  •  Professional fluency in English (both spoken and written) required.
  •  This position is open to both expatriates and Ghanaian citizens.


  •  This position reports to the Chief of Party
  •  Direct reports may include the DI Ghana team.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.

About the Organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.