Deputy Chief of Party

International Relief and Development

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The Deputy Chief of Party will report to the program Chief of Party (COP). He/She will support the COP, serve as acting COP as needed and described below, and any other tasks assigned by the COP to ensure proper management of the Contract. He/she will also assume additional program management and coordination responsibilities to support the Chief of Party (COP) on strategy, implementation and attainment of goals and objectives.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise senior project technical and administrative staff and ensure they are working together efficiently, including staff responsible for diverse technical activities such as infrastructure, alternative development, good governance, community growth, management, and gender;

  • Play a lead role in support of overall program management, fulfilling the responsibilities of the COP when required, managing field operations to ensure achievement of goals, and identifying and mitigating program risks;

  • Provide technical leadership for and supervision of subcontractors, consultants and field staff; ensure corrective action is taken to avoid deviations to, or to address non-compliance with the work plan

  • Ensure high quality reporting and analytical contributions by the technical team to weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports

  • Interact with host government officials on matters relating to the activity implementation; ensure strong coordination with national and subnational government and community stakeholders

  • Assist with the development and implementation of administrative and operational procedures; strengthen finance, operations, and grant/subcontracts management systems; help to ensure USAID rules, regulations, and IRD policies and procedures are followed.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree or higher in soil or water management; civil engineering, water resource or irrigation engineering, agronomy or 10 years of relevant working experience in the specific area of professional expertise;

  • At minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in leading and providing technical, administrative and management oversight of large and complex agricultural development donor-funded projects;

  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing);

  • Ability to communicate in both Dari and Pashto;

  • An Afghan national with prior experience in implementing USAID and/or donor financial projects in Afghanistan;

  • Experience interacting with senior Afghan government officials, including MAIL and MEW;

  • Experience reviewing environmental and engineering assessments

Success Factors:

  • Strong communication and organizational skills;

  • Ability to coordinate and lead team members;

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel both in a managerial as well as training capacity;

  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities;

  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving;

  • Proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results;

  • Awareness of and sensitivity to multi-cultural international development work;

  • Excellent interpersonal skill, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues;

  • Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group;

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment.

Regional Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 30%

IRD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach America and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.