Chief of Party - USAID/Armenia Disaster Resilience Activity
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to establish a five-year project to support the develop the country’s capacity to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-caused disasters. The activity support capacity building across various stakeholders in Armenia's disaster response system, as well as to reduce Armenia's vulnerability to disasters through mitigation efforts, thereby improving the economic, social, health, and environmental resilience to shocks and stress. The activity may also design disaster response and recovery interventions.
The Chief of Party (COP) serves as the lead for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID, implementing partners, and other key stakeholders. The COP provides leadership for all aspects of field management and technical oversight and will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and manage diverse teams to deliver impact. This is a full-time position based in Yerevan, Armenia and contingent upon contract award.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Chief of Party will serve as the primary liaison with USAID and will report to the home office Project Director. The Chief of Party will have ultimate supervisory authority over the project team.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Managing in-country relationships with USAID and other USG staff, consortium members, other implementing partners, and key national and local stakeholders in the delivery of this project.
- Providing oversight of grant and program activities, ensuring appropriate procedures are established and complied with for project activity development, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and closing.
- Providing oversight of strategic, external, and internal communications to effectively convey program successes, lessons learned, research, and analysis to contribute to greater coordination, understanding and policy decisions regarding disaster management and response.
- Contributing to the design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) system at activity and program levels and ensuring learnings are incorporated into subsequent activity and program design.
- Supervising the DCOP, senior management staff and team leaders, and field staff more generally.
Key Competencies Required:
- A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience and a master’s degree or ten (10) years of relevant work experience with a bachelor’s degree.
- Relevant experience includes disaster risk management, emergency response or relief, climate change adaptation, government capacity building focused on domestic resource mobilization (public policy, public financial management).
- Demonstrated knowledge of concepts, practices, techniques, implementation of disaster management or climate risk adaptation projects.
- A minimum of three (5) years of supervisory experience.
- Experience managing programs in Armenia, Eurasia or the Caucasus or similar disaster prone contexts.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging and complex projects that engage a variety of public and private stakeholders.
- Financial management experience including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting, accounting, and procurement).
- Demonstrated ability to work with vulnerable and at-risk groups.
- Demonstrated experience in overseeing program startup and closeout.
- Fluent English abilities (reading/writing/speaking), Russian additionally is preferred.
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