Mercy Corps has been working hand-in-hand in Jordan with local communities and partners since 2002 to implement US, UN, EU, UK, and private donor funded projects and it looks to start a new, multi-year USAID grant to build on lessons learned from 9 years of strong community development work in water resource management.
The Chief of Party (CoP) will lead the implementation of a proposed multi-year, multi- million dollar program that supports USAID’s strategic objective to conserve Jordan’s scarce water resources while at the same time supporting the development and expansion of alternative livelihoods opportunities for Jordan’s refugee and host communities, particularly in the agriculture sector using innovative technologies. The COP will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision, managing staff and resources to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. The COP will supervise key program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations. S/he will be the primary program representative to relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders, as well as represent Mercy Corps to USAID in collaboration with Mercy Corps’ Country Director. This position spans through the life of the project, expected to last 5 years. The CoP would directly supervise a Deputy Chief of Party, Technical Advisors, Team Leaders, and the overall supervision for a team of roughly 15-20 people. He/she will work closely with the representatives of Mercy Corps technical and implementing partners and work directly with other program managers, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- MA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field (i.e. agriculture, water demand management, community development).
- Minimum 10 years’ experience as Chief of Party for USAID-funded programs of similar scale (approx. $10 million per annum).
- Experience managing USG complex contracts and agreements and strong understanding of USAID rules and regulations and compliance issues, as well as a positive track record in promoting transparent communications back-and-forth with USAID.
- Experience with and commitment to drive a market-based approach to achieve project objectives.
- Persuasive written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing, as well as strong presentation skills when addressing diverse audiences.
- Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues, and emphasis on establishing a balance between strategic guidance and team empowerment.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
- Competent in building networks, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to influence with effective listening, persuasion, negotiation and other techniques.
- Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues Arabic language skills preferred, English fluency required.
- Demonstrated technical expertise in water demand management and/or livelihoods and agriculture
- Previous experience working in the Middle East preferred and strong understanding of the current political, economic, cultural and historical context of Jordan preferred.
- Prior experience working with Mercy Corps is preferred.
The successful CoP will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position is based in Amman, Jordan which is an accompanied post. Jordan is middle income country with excellent education, medical, and other facilities in the capital Amman. Jordan is a very safe country with excellent communications, transportation, and housing infrastructure. Although neighbouring countries continue to experience political unrest, Jordan has been a stable monarchy for over 30 years and the destination preference for many people from the Middle East to relax or gain access to available services. In recent months events unfolding in Syria and Iraq have increased local concerns over the continued stability of Jordan but to date there have been no incidents.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.