Deputy Chief of Party – Afghanistan
Years of experience:
13 Jan 2020
FHI 360 is seeking qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) candidate for an anticipated USAID project focused on women’s economic empowerment and creating an enabling environment for women to enter the formal economy in Afghanistan.
The DCOP will serve as the project’s technical coordinator responsible for ensuring that the project’s technical approach is tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities in each of the provinces where the project operates and the unique opportunities of specific beneficiaries. The DCOP will supervise the technical leads of the project to develop technical approaches, content and partnerships that are contextually appropriate, conflict-sensitive, flexible, and high quality to adequately address the challenges faced by women seeking jobs or owning business. Additionally, the DCOP will liaise regularly with partner organizations to ensure high quality implementation, appropriate engagement of key counterparts and stakeholders, that project MEL is used to monitor and constantly improve program delivery, and that high-quality deliverables and reports are realized in a timely manner.
In coordination with the Chief of Party (COP) and project leadership, the DCOP will be responsible for:
- Providing technical direction and oversight of project activities;
- Supervising in-country technical leads;
- Supporting positive relations with government counterparts and implementing partners in each location through regular coordination and communication;
- Working with technical leads and project partners in each location to ensure a shared vision for project activities and outcomes, address implementation challenges, and encourage the sharing of best practices and project successes;
- Monitoring activities in each location against the approved work plan and ensuring alignment with the project monitoring plan and budget;
- Overseeing the accuracy and technical quality of all project deliverables, including periodic performance reports, financial and technical reports, training materials, and instructional materials;
- Ensuring that project technical teams have the technical and administrative support needed to ensure high quality and timely implementation of activities according to the workplan;
- Provide project level support and management during COP absence; and
- Deliver capacity building trainings and mentoring to project staff to improve technical delivery activities.
- Master’s degree in gender studies, economic development, workforce development, international development, or related field required;
- A minimum of 8 years of relevant project management experience providing technical leadership to major donor funded economic growth, gender and development projects, preferably with activities or components relating to women empowerment in conflict and crisis environments;
- Minimum of 2 years of senior project leadership of USAID or US government funded projects;
- Technical and/or project management experience in economic growth and/or gender programs sector in Afghanistan;
- Proven ability to work and manage activities in challenging environments, specifically locations with shifting security and uncertain political contexts;
- Willingness to travel throughout Afghanistan, including rural areas and locations with limited security infrastructure;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively work with USAID and international donors, government counterparts, and project stakeholders;
- Excellent team building and supervisory skills; and
- Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in Dari, Pashto, and other local languages preferred.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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