Chief of Party - USAID Kosovo Youth Activity

Chief of Party - USAID Kosovo Youth Activity

World Learning

Pristina, Kosovo

World Learning seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID Kosovo Activity that will support young people vulnerable to social exclusion and socio-economic inequalities to empower them to affect positive change in their communities. The COP will be responsible for technical leadership and provide administrative oversight of the implementation of all components under this program. They will serve as World Learning's principal liaison to USAID. A strong track record of managing and leading youth-focused programs in Kosovo or the region is strongly desired.


  • Provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the program;
  • Serve as World Learning's principal liaison to USAID, implementing partners, and key stakeholders from government, civil society, the education sector, and the private sector;
  • Determine annual priorities, develop work plans, and ensure the program responds to changing conditions and operating environments, in conjunction with USAID and in coordination with World Learning headquarters (HQ);
  • Oversee and monitor the quality of program activities, and ensure reports, work plans, and other program deliverables are timely and in accordance with USAID guidelines;
  • Integrate inclusive approaches to program implementation and ensure activities encourage full participation of individuals regardless of their gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
  • Oversee program administration, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure financial activity aligns with budget allocations, internal policies, and USAID regulations
  • Develop and maintain partnerships; oversee the coordination of program partners;
  • Supervise, manage, and mentor a team of program staff;
  • Report regularly to World Learning HQ, providing timely updates of all situational and program developments;
  • Represent World Learning at conferences, working groups, and events;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Experience/Education:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field required;
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in the successful implementation of international development programs focusing on youth, including leadership and soft skills development, citizen participation, and entrepreneurship;
  • Minimum five (5) years of senior management experience as COP, Country Director, or other senior positions for donor-funded international development programs;
  • Practical experience implementing positive youth development approaches; familiarity and experience with positive youth development in Kosovo is highly preferred;
  • Experience leading USAID-funded programs in Kosovo or the region strongly preferred;
  • Kosovo nationals are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the location where this position is offered.

Required Skills:

  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills, especially when working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
  • Strong organizational skills, able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • English language fluency, with excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in local languages highly preferred.

Required Behaviors/Competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of relevant USAID policies and strategies, such as USAID's Youth in Development Policy; Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy; and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Framework;
  • Ability to cultivate effective working relationships with government officials, education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector actors, implementing partners, international donors, and other stakeholders;
  • Commitment to inclusive development programming that brings to bear the talents of women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI+ persons;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations preferred.

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