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Requisition ID: req6266

Job Title: Chief of Party

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Proposal

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Job Description

The IRC seeks a Chief of Party for an upcoming five-year, multi-million dollar USAID education activity in Afghanistan. The project is designed to implement USAID’s education policy in Afghanistan to enable children to acquire the education and skills needed to be productive members of society and foster individual self-reliance.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring that the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, USAID regulations, principles of IRC, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The COP will be the primary representational link with USAID staff.  The position will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

*Offer contingent upon final award offer.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project, ensuring achievement of project deliverables.
  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation, management, and financial management of the project and the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project
  • Coordinate with government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the donor. Report to USAID through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports.
  • Represent the project and organization at regional, national and international forums, including technical conferences, policy briefings, and share information about project achievements and lessons learned.
  • Develop, review, and monitor in coordination with key project staff, yearly work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track.
  •  Manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex projects that work specifically to improve learning in early grades.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Significant previous experience working in conflict or crisis situations, preferably in Asia and/or Afghanistan;
  • Demonstrated ability through previous experience to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability through previous experience to liaise with senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of NGOs, and senior members of the donor community
  • Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
  • Experience working to incorporate issues of equity including gender, ethnicity, and disability inclusion in education programs.
  • Previous experience as COP of USAID-funded programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy dialogue and education reform.
  • Capacity to work well under pressure, and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively cross‐culturally is critical.
  • Must be proficient in English.
  • Master’s Degree is required

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