Keystone Human Services (Keystone), along with its subsidiaries Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) and KHSI Moldova (Keystone Moldova) NGO, promotes strong, culturally relevant community-based human service systems and equal rights for children, adults, and families throughout the world so that all people can fill culturally valued roles and have equal access to all society has to offer.
For nearly 50 years, Keystone has been a recognized leader in deinstitutionalization and prevention of institutionalization for children and adults with disability, works aggressively to prevent abuses of children in care settings, and provides community based supports that promote family preservation, early childhood development, and the social inclusion of children with disability including children with intellectual disability and autism. Keystone Moldova registered as an NGO in 2004, and works closely with central government, local public authorities, and human services professionals to develop the models, legal frameworks, and regulations for sustainable social services for children and adults with disability, and their families.
By promoting the rights of our communities’ most vulnerable, the world becomes a safer place for everyone.
Project Overview and Role
The project’s focus will be supporting the Government of Moldova (GOM) in completing the deinstitutionalization process and preventing future institutionalization of children through improved policy and regulation; development of services to strengthen family care and prevent unnecessary separation; strengthened gatekeeping; modification of social norms and behaviors within the family that drive family separation; support for implementation of the country’s Child Care Reform, with an emphasis on alternative care; and creating sustainable financing models for alternative care models to include the redirection of funds currently financing state child care institutions.
Keystone Human Services International seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded “Copilaria Mea” project. The goal of “Copilaria Mea” is to increase the number of children living within appropriate, permanent, and protective family care and reduce the number of children growing up in institutional care and ensure the necessary legal and social conditions for raising and educating children in the family environment.
The project will have two primary objectives:
1. Prevention of unnecessary family separation;
2. Strengthen the care reform process, focusing on the complete deinstitutionalization of children and those with severe or multiple disabilities into nurturing family care.
Responsibilities and Purpose of Position
Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall technical and managerial leadership of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the agreement. This individual will be the key liaison with USAID/Moldova, the GOM, and all other counterparts and implementing organizations involved with child protection programs in Moldova. This individual will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual will be expected to offer solutions to problems that arise in this complex development environment.
The COP will report to the CEO of KHSI
Duration: 5 years
Location: Chisinau, Moldova