Chief of Party, Economic Growth Division

Chief of Party, Economic Growth Division

Creative Associates International

Kabul, Afghanistan

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded export-oriented competitiveness program in Afghanistan focusing on targeted support to enhance market-driven growth of Afghan SMEs. The COP will be responsible for the overall implementation and provides supervisory and administrative oversight to the project. The COP will oversee coordination with key stakeholders (including the GoIRA, NGOs, the private sector, and others). 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 value chain development and private sector productivity.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to the Program Director in the EG Division at Creative HQ.

Primary Responsibilities:

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 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;
  • Supervise development and submission of project deliverables and provide timely and accurate reporting and briefings to U.S. Government/Stakeholders on all program areas;
  • Ensure compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant USAID and U.S. Government rules and regulations;
  • 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 business, economics, international development, trade facilitation, agriculture, rural development, or other relevant field (or, alternately, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience);
  • Minimum 15 years of experience implementing complex economic growth projects in developing countries for donor-funded programs, of which five 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 ten-years’ experience in value chain development, firm-level competitiveness, export promotion of value chains, SMEs development, private sector development, MSMEs strengthening, trade facilitation, export promotion, agriculture, or related field;
  • Experience effectively integrating gender and youth programming into development programs;
  • Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and local and international private sector, building partnerships, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
  • Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
  • Previous experience in private sector agriculture, agribusiness, export, trade, marketing, or other related sectors highly preferred;
  • 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.

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