Afghanistan IDEA NEW - Deputy Chief of Party

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Apply by 18 October 2009
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 18 September 2009

Job Description

Objective: The DAI Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) serves as the primary liaison between the IDEA-NEW project and the IRoA. The DCOP's main task is to ensure that solid working relationships are established between this vast program and various IRoA government officials, line-ministries, and village leaders. He/she will also assist the COP in work plan designs, coordinating input from program staff; subgrantees; national, provincial, and district Afghan government counterparts; village leaders; the private sector; USAID; and other donors to create plans that will meet the overall program goals and achieve the needed buy-in of all the stakeholders.

Responsibilities: The Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for ensuring the IDEA-NEW program is meeting the needs and expectations of government officials and Afghan citizens. He/she will also serve as the Acting Chief of Party in the COP's absence.

Key Tasks: The Deputy Chief of Party will be the primary contact between the program and various stakeholders. Key tasks include:
  • Assist the COP in providing leadership and direction of the IDEA-NEW contract;
  • Develop and foster collaborative working relationships with USAID, IDEA-NEW suubgrantees, the IRoA, and provincial authorities;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with other USAID projects and international organizations to achieve program objectives;
  • Coordinate with other livelihood programs and other regional initiatives to maximize aggregate impact of the program; and
  • Assist the COP in the development of future annual work plans, quarterly reviews, and updates with the IDEA-NEW Team, including technical programs with the technical managers in collaboration with USAID.

Reporting: The DCOP reports directly to the Chief of Party. He/she is responsible for supervising various project staff.


  • Minimum 15 years of experience working in difficult field settings, analyzing development issues and designing effective, sustainable solutions.
  • Experience in agriculture-oriented economic growth or rural development programs required.
  • Minimum of BA or BSc in relevant development field (Public Policy, Rural Development, Agriculture science, International Relations, Economics). Agriculturalist preferred.
  • Previous USAID experience is desired.
  • Afghan citizenship is desired.
  • Oral and written fluency in English (knowledge of Dari and Pashto is a plus) and ability to write clearly in English on a variety of technical topics.
  • Good spoken presentation skills.
  • Proactive hands on management skills.
  • Able to build good relationships and liaise with USAID, MIL, USG stakeholders, etc. in addition to GOA - MAIL, MRRD, etc.
  • Ready to travel frequently around Afghanistan.

Please send resume to noting DCOP-NEW in subject line. Local candidates encouraged to apply.