Creative Associates seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) 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 overall goal of the program is to build 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. The DCOP supports the Chief of Party (COP), acts for the COP as needed, and carries out any other tasks assigned by the COP to ensure proper management of the Contract.
Reporting & Supervision:
The DCOP works under the leadership of the COP and supports the COP in appropriate technical and coordination aspects of program.
Strong technical leadership to program activities and results.
- Oversee all aspects of project implementation through direct supervision of its project components, as directed by the COP;
- Provide support to the COP in representational programmatic, strategic development and quality control duties; and liaise with USAID and government stakeholders to respond to their informational, data and monitoring requirements;
- Support the management and supervision of staff;
- Assist in the formulation of annual work plans, in cooperation with the COP, other project staff, USAID, and the Government of Afghanistan; and
- Develop and deliver reports and written documentation related to technical activities to be reported to USAID, including weekly, quarterly and annual reports, and all relevant project deliverables.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- At least a Masters' degree in business, economics, international development, agriculture, trade, or other relevant field (or, alternately, a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and five (5) additional years of relevant experience);
- Minimum seven (7) years implementing economic growth assistance projects in developing countries; of which five (5) years was overseas in a management position that involved supervising staff, and of which one year must be working experience in/on fragile or post-conflict states;
- Minimum five (5) years of experience in MSMEs strengthening, economic growth and women's advocacy, agriculture or related field, ideally in support of donor-funded programming;
- Previous experience in the private sector, trade, marketing, or other related sectors highly preferred;
- Knowledge of current best and promising practices in the field of gender and economic growth and gender and agricultural and financial inclusion;
- Experience effectively integrating gender and youth programming into development programs;
- Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and the local private sector, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
- Experience managing culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures; and
- Excellent oral and written English language communication skills; local Afghan language fluency.
Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.