Contingent upon funding, the Deputy Chief of Party will support the Chief of Party (COP) in implementing IFES’ “Deepening Linkages in Civic Participation Activity” program in Kyrgyzstan, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). S/he will coordinate activities and manage the office. S/he will also oversee select program objectives, which will be determined in consultation with the Chief of Party and IFES Europe and Eurasia Regional Director. In addition, the DCOP will be responsible for ensuring compliance with USAID rules and regulations and will manage the program in the absence of the COP.
Manage and perform highly technical work requiring ingenuity and capacity to evaluate and respond to new and changing issues. Support COP in the technical implementation of IFES programming for assigned projects. Oversee varied activities and processes to support effective project management and implementation. Collaborate with COP in monitoring all aspects of project operations, reporting and compliance.
Support COP with identifying risk factors with potential to disrupt achievement of program/project goals. Analyze issues, problems or opportunities and propose appropriate courses of action, based on knowledge of professional principles and best practices. Participate in the development and implementation of strategies to track and mitigate risk and its potential impact.
Master’s degree in international politics, international development, public policy, or related field or Bachelor’s degree with more than five years of experience.
Minimum of eight years’ experience in managing international development programs, including in relation to civic participation, civil society strengthening, policy advocacy, and/or governance. Minimum of four years of experience with USAID-funded activities in related program area. Significant, demonstrated track record of success in sub-grantee’s management and monitoring. Experience integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment issues within civic organizing and civil society strengthening initiatives is strongly preferred. Experience working on civil society activities in Central Asia or the former Soviet Union will be favorably regarded.
Experience with financial tracking, forecasting and Microsoft Excel-based spreadsheets. Demonstrated leadership, national staff management, project administration and financial management skills. Thorough knowledge of USAID financial regulations and contract compliance requirements. Detailed oriented and organized. Demonstrated ability to manage staff, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and consistently meet tight deadlines. Ability to develop and manage effective local relationships by applying cultural awareness. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing. Collaborative, team-oriented individual. Proven capacity to work well with minimal supervision. Experience in managing relationships with the international donor community.
Fluency in written and spoken English and Russian or Kyrgyz. Uzbek language skills a plus.
Travel may be required up to 15% of the time.