Creative Associates seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded economic growth program in Afghanistan focusing on women's economic development through the creation of business enabling environments that enable women to enter the formal economy. The COP is the leader of the entire project team, responsible for overall implementation, results, financial accounting, management and security for the project. The COP will be responsible for communications with USAID, for publicly representing the project, and for liaising with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and other institutions/stakeholders on issues related to building systems to support services for female job seekers and business owners, improving their knowledge and skills and providing increased access to finance and job markets.
Reporting & Supervision:
This position reports to the Program Director in the Economic Growth Division at Creative HQ.
The Chief of Party will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the project. S/he will oversee the long-term expatriate and local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. S/he will undertake regular assessments of the broader political environment within which the project operates to ensure flexibility and rapid reprioritization of activities when necessary. Other responsibilities include:
- Serve as principal liaison with U.S. Government (USG) representatives, Afghan government counterparts and community stakeholders on program communications and technical implementation activities;
- Provide technical direction and leadership and oversight of all administrative matters in all program areas;
- Develop and implement work plans for project activities and all project deliverables;
- Oversee implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensure that project results are met;
- Supervise development and submission of project deliverables and provide timely and accurate reporting and briefings to USG/Stakeholders on all program areas;
- Ensure compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant USAID and USG rules and regulations;
- Ensure the project reflects all USG gender-related directives including USAID ADS directives as well as its policy on gender equality and women's empowerment and gender-related best practices in economic growth;
- Develop operational systems to ensure project activities and outcomes are implemented in a way that is gender sensitive and socially inclusive;
- Maintain the internal integrity from proposal win to implementation by working with HQ staff during project start up;
- Oversee implementation of Creative's security protocols and provide leadership in handling security-related issues; and
- Manage the program team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development, and solicits constructive staff input.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- At least a Masters' degree in international development, business, economics, rural development, women's studies or other relevant field (or, alternately, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and five (5) additional years of relevant experience);
- Minimum 10 years of experience implementing complex economic growth projects in developing countries for donor-funded programs, of which five (5) years were in a senior leadership capacity of a project that involved managing a team, and of which two years must have been working in/on fragile or post-conflict states;
- Minimum of five (5) year of experience in MSMEs strengthening, economic growth and women's advocacy, agriculture, or related field;
- Working experience in the private sector development, gender equality and social inclusion, entrepreneurship and workforce development, preferred;
- Experience effectively integrating gender and youth programming into development programs;
- Knowledge of current best and promising practices in the field of gender and economic growth, and gender and agriculture and financial inclusion;
- Demonstrated experience in delivering equitable economic growth outcomes to women and youth as well as marginalized populations preferred;
- Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and local and international private sector, building partnerships, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
- Experience working with donor programs, particularly USAID, preferred experience in negotiating directly with the donor on contractual, financial, and communication issues;
- Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
- Prior experience implementing donor-funded programs in fragile/post-conflict environments highly desired;
- Excellent interpersonal, supervision, problem-solving, and coordination skills; and
- Excellent oral and written English and communication skills.
Position contingent upon donor funding.