TITLE:                      Principal Investigator, Air Pollution Prevention and Mitigation in Nepal

REPORTS TO:         Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Office

LOCATION:             Kathmandu, Nepal

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We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Principal Investigator for an anticipated multiyear USAID/Nepal air pollution mitigation opportunity. This opportunity seeks to reduce air pollution in Kathmandu Valley, and potentially other areas of Nepal, by addressing the sources of air pollution through: 1) building the capacity of and providing technical assistance to government to increase adherence to environmental regulations, use data for solution identification, and drive policy formulation, enforcement and implementation; 2) strengthening existing and new civil society and community networks, particularly those representing marginalized communities, to advocate and advance public interest on improving air quality; 3) and establishing private sector partnerships.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Position Description:

The Principal Investigator (PI) will provide strategic, managerial, technical leadership and management oversight to the project. S/he will oversee all aspects of project implementation, including program quality, personnel and financial management. S/he will maintain close coordination with USAID and other stakeholders, ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and adequate implementation of project activities, deliverables and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project. The COP will serve as the principal liaison to the government of Nepal and USAID/Nepal and will have regular communication with the USAID/Nepal Agreement Officer’s Representative. The COP is responsible for ensuring compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations. The COP will be responsible for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring quality of program implementation. The position will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork;
  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures;
  • Liaise with USAID/Nepal, local government institutions, civil society organizations, and other partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
  • Liaise with USG partners and other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other USAID/Nepal programs;
  • Liaise with USAID/Nepal, national and local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and investors, and other partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
  • Build strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector
  • Oversee report preparation to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements to document program performance and monitor overall award compliance;
  • Lead preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines;
  • Provide overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project;
  • Collaborate with and directly act upon inputs from the compliance director to ensure continuous compliance of all consortium members with agreement/contract rules and regulations; 
  • Oversee a team of senior technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members;
  • Supervise all project staff, including ensuring field staff regularly prepare and accurately update performance data;
  • Represent the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical conferences, policy briefings, etc.;
  • Organize project teams and oversee production of SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies; and
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least a master’s degree or its international equivalent or higher in a relevant field of study, such as environmental management, climate change, public health, business administration, management, or another related field. 
  • At least 8 years of professional experience in environment/climate change and natural resources management, air pollution mitigation, 10 years of experience in a project/organizational leadership position, managing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded environment projects in complex settings, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations to address air pollution.
  • Proven experience working with government officials, particularly the Nepal, is highly desirable, to support strategy development, implementation plans and decision making;
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of local language/s will be an advantage

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can apply through FHI 360 career at https://www.fhi360.org/careers or send the resume (max. of 3 pages) to APROProposal@fhi360.org

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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