Chief of Party


Chief of Party, Heshimu Bahari (Respect the Ocean) Activity

Chemonics International Inc. is a US-based international development consulting firm, operating in over 80 countries. Chemonics seeks a Chief of Party for the five-year, $12.9 million USAID/Tanzania Heshimu Bahari (Respect the Ocean) Activity. This activity will implement a series of interventions that support and strengthen the capacity for biodiversity conservation in a manner that 1) reduces the use of illegal and unsustainable fishing; 2) improves the governance and management of coastal land and seascapes; and 3) improves policy development and capacity to implement policies. These interventions together will reduce threats to marine and coastal biodiversity in Tanzania while moving Tanzanian institutions further on their journey to self-reliance.

The Chief of Party will oversee technical implementation, contract management, communications, and personnel management in compliance with USAID regulations and Tanzanian law. The Chief of Party will provide overall strategic vision and leadership in the design and implementation of all technical interventions and serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Tanzania on day-to-day contract implementation. The position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide overall vision, leadership, management, and technical direction for the Activity to ensure that relevant, productive, and complementary interventions are implemented effectively
  • When required, modify strategies, approaches, and interventions based on evidence derived from MEL/CLA processes
  • Serve as the face of the Activity, developing and maintaining rapport with USAID, government counterparts, civil society, and the private sector
  • Lead work planning, performance management, MEL, communications, contractual and budgetary aspects of Activity, and timely preparation of the annual work plan
  • Ensure high-quality and on-time delivery of results and deliverables and linkages between technical and operations teams
  • Maintain open communication with USAID, project office staff, and Chemonics’ headquarters
  • Supervise personnel, subcontractors, and select grantees across objectives and multiple offices


  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related field; Marine Conservation or Fisheries Management preferred, but not required;
  • At least ten years of senior-level management experience in the design, implementation, and management of natural resource management activities of similar size, complexity, and setting;
  • Leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of institutional stakeholders, including host governments at all levels, which may have divergent interests;
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams and foster collaboration to achieve activity goals, meet activity milestones, and produce quality results;
  • Demonstrated experience in institutional strengthening;
  • Experience working in Tanzania preferred;
  • Exceptional English written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Fluency in Kiswahili preferred, but not required.

How to apply

Please apply by using this link. Applications must be submitted by September 9, 2022. Early applications encouraged. No telephone inquiries, please.

EEO Statement

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Closing date: 9/9/2022