Chief of Party (Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity)


Almaty, , KZ

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated USAID Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This five-year program seeks to strengthen regional cooperation on shared water resources and address current and emerging environmental challenges to promote stability, economic prosperity, and healthy ecosystems in Central Asia. The program will build the human and technical capacity of water stakeholders and institutions in all Central Asian countries, support the sustainability of the transboundary Small Basin Councils established under USAID’s Smart Waters project and scale them up to expand their reach; enhance government initiatives at national and regional levels to support transboundary water cooperation; and sustainably address emerging environmental challenges in the region. Program work is expected to take place in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in multiple field offices. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction to develop and execute program activities while building the capacity of local staff in sustainable water and environmental management
  • Supervise technical and administrative staff with strong, competent direction and oversight in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Manage relationships with USAID, local governments, and other local partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate
  • Direct implementation of the project’s strategic long-term vision
  • Oversee work planning, performance management, and strategic communications


  • Advanced degree in public policy, public administration, water and natural resource management, sustainable development, or relevant field
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing regional natural-resource programs related to water, environment, the water-, energy-, and food-security nexus, watershed management, and/or application of integrated water resources management (IWRM) practices at local and national levels
  • Ten years of experience leading development projects related to water and the environment with U.S. government or other bilateral, regional, or multilateral donor-funded programs
  • Experience in the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, or other countries with similar context and environmental challenges and opportunities
  • Experience in transboundary water management in conflict areas, capacity building programs in the water sector, and monitoring and evaluation preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g., host-government counterparts, local governments, the private sector, NGOs, and other donors) to promote and leverage technical-assistance efforts in water resources management, water governance, energy, and agriculture
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Russian or a Central Asian language highly preferred

Application instructions:

Please submit an up-to-date cover letter and resume to [email protected] by April 27, 2020. Only finalists will be contacted.

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