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Deputy Chief of Party

Creative Associates International

Kabul, Afghanistan

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Afghanistan. The overall goal of the Value Chains Forward activity is to strengthen the private sector’s capacity to effectively link Afghan producers to domestic and international markets, and to grow the agriculture sector through interventions at all levels of high value crop (HVC) value chains, through the effective engagement and leadership of the private sector.

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.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Seamless management of all operational aspects of project implementation including finances, office administration, human resources, security, procurement, local subcontractors, and grants (if required) in compliance with Creative and USG policies and procedures;
  • Strong technical contributions to program activities and results;
  • Creative Associates and project is well represented USAID/Afghanistan.

Primary Responsibilities:

The DCOP will oversee all aspects of project implementation through direct supervision of its project components, as directed by the COP.

  • The DCOP will provide support to the Chief of Party (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 Chief of Party, other project staff, USAID, and the GoIRA;
  • Develop and deliver reports and written documentation related to technical activities to be reported to USAID, including weekly, quarterly and annual reports.

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 5 additional years of relevant experience);
  • Minimum ten years implementing complex economic growth assistance projects in developing countries; of which five 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-years’ experience in value chain development, agricultural value chains, private sector development, MSMEs strengthening, trade facilitation, export promotion, agriculture, or related field;
  • Preferred working experience in the private sector, particularly trade, finance, or exports;
  • 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.

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