Your guide to success as a
Chief of Party

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Many people dream of holding this top job, but how do you know if you have what it takes to become a Chief of Party?

As a COP, you would be leading a far-reaching, high-budget, international development project. Your responsibilities would involve hiring the right team, coordinating with donors, navigating new partnerships and providing overall project guidance and strategy.

In short, you would be crucial in ensuring the final delivery and success of the program.

Join us during this exclusive webinar to learn the ins and outs of becoming a successful COP. You’ll get insider advice from special guests Kristi Ragan and Jane Kellum, two seasoned professionals who have acted as COP’s for USAID and CARE USA.

Whether you’re just curious about what this role involves, or are seriously thinking of applying for an upcoming position, join us to learn:

  • How to hire and build a successful team
  • The importance of engaging local staff and stakeholders
  • Tips for effective partnerships
  • How to manage teams and projects in the field

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Kristi Ragan
Chief of Party, The Invest Project

Kristi Ragan has spent decades building and leading exceptional teams to push the practice of international development beyond its zone of comfort. She began her career working in rural villages in Asia and Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, before spending over a decade working at UNDP. She has worked for the last 15 years at DAI, a global development firm, and is currently leading USAID’s new $95 million INVEST initiative to mobilize private investment in emerging markets. Previous to this, she supported USAID’s Global Development Lab to bring technology, innovation and partnerships into mainstream development programs. 

Jane Kellum
Education, Gender, and Protection specialist

Jane Kellum is an education, gender and protection specialist with over twelve years of experience in international development and humanitarian aid. Jane is currently an independent consultant providing her services to international organizations, such as Plan International, Save the Children, ME&A, Creative Associates International, Training Resource Group Inc, CARICOM, Banyan Global, CARE International and USAID. Prior to consulting, Jane spent four and a half years in Haiti with CARE USA, including working as Chief of Party for a project that focused on getting out-of-school children back into the education system.
Kate Warren - Moderator
Executive Vice President of Devex

Kate Warren is Executive Vice President at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in and keep advancing once you do.