NORC Albuquerque

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Chief of Party

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Job Description


NORC is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID cooperative agreement, Evidence for Cost-Effectiveness (ECE). The cooperative agreement aims to fund impact evaluations and cost analyses and integrate existing evidence from these high-quality studies into USAID activity designs. This activity will provide a platform for engaging academics from the social and behavioral sciences to strengthen USAIDs current and future programming by understanding the causal impact per dollar of its programs and producing contributions to the global evidence base that can improve policy and programming of other development partners.

The COP position is preferably based in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area, with the possibility of hybrid or remote working arrangements. This is a contract role and contingent on USAID contract award to NORC.

DEPARTMENT: International Programs

INPRO was established in 2005, and works on performance and impact evaluations, capacity building, complex surveys, and qualitative data collection, among other research activities, throughout the developing world. Our research covers a range of sectors including education, child and youth well-being, gender equality and womens empowerment, private-sector engagement, democracy and governance, resilience and food security, land and resource governance, biodiversity conservation, natural climate solutions, agriculture, water and sanitation, and vulnerable populations. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, MENA, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.


The COP will be responsible for overall project leadership and management, quality control, and effective, efficient, and timely implementation of all project activities in compliance with the agreement. Specifically, they will:

  • Manage overall and day-to-day project operations, which may include, but are not limited to, communications, administration, logistics, procurement, staffing/recruitment, budgeting, finances, and reporting.
  • Manage project team comprising in-house staff, consultants, and subcontractors, including academic PIs and academic teams.
  • Ensure buy-ins and core-funded activities are implemented in accordance with the approved budgets, USAID regulations and procedures, and the specifications of the SOW.
  • Serve as the main point of contact with USAID, liaising with the AO, AOR, and Activity Managers on matters related to overall program management.
  • Manage multiple concurrent activities (buy-ins and core-funded) with Activity Managers from different Missions/Bureaus/Operating Units across USAID, rapidly allocating high-quality staff/consultants to meet the demands all activities.
  • Manage and hold accountable staff, consultants, and subcontractors for completing activities and producing interim milestones and final deliverables in accordance with workplans and timelines.
  • Ensure high-quality technical services/deliverables.
  • Masters degree (or PhD) in areas such as international affairs, humanities, or social sciences.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience, with substantial experience related to managing large-scale, multi-country, multi-million-dollar research-related contracts.
  • Experience working on and, preferably managing, large USAID research contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience working with universities, academic researchers, research organizations, or networks of researchers in support of addressing complex problems.

The pay range for this position is $150,000-$195,000.

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORCs comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment.

  • Dental and vision insurance.

  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program.

  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance.

  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, bereavement leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORCs Approach to Equity and Transparency

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges and reviewing raises and promotions, which is overseen by a formal Salary Review Committee (SRC).


NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 80 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which were known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.