Chief of Party/Musharikat Project
Scope of Work
DAI is implementing the USAID-funded program Promote Musharikat across the five major populations centers (Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Jalalabad and Kandahar), extending to all 34 provinces in Afghanistan. The project’s goal is to increase women’s equality and empowerment in Afghanistan and advance opportunities for women by strengthening a critical mass of Afghan women civil society leaders. This goal will be achieved through:
- Building constituencies among national, provincial and local activists and CSOs focused on promoting women’s equality and empowerment;
- Strengthening more effective advocacy for women’s equality and empowerment;
- Increasing awareness of, and support for, women’s rights in all 34 provinces in Afghanistan; and
- Increasing the effectiveness of civil society and GIRoA in the development and implementation of gender policies.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The Chief of Party will be responsible for leading all aspects of the program, encompassing strategic and technical direction, client relationship management, financial and administrative management, reporting and M&E requirements of the program. Specific responsibilities include:
- Serving as principal liaison with USAID, GIRoA counterparts, and other key stakeholders;
- Providing technical leadership and management direction to the project staff to design/implement annual work plans focused on the core project objectives of building coalitions, achieving policy/legislative results and influencing public awareness;
- Overseeing all project financial, administrative and operational matters;
- Ensuring compliance with all USAID and DAI rules, regulations and policies;
- Providing accurate and timely reporting to USAID as required under the agreement;
- Overseeing development and implementation of the Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan; and
- Coordinating program activities with other Promote Task Order projects, other USAID projects, and other donor programs.
- Master’s degree in relevant field.
- 12 years of progressively responsible experience leading, directing, managing international development programs including previous experience as a COP or DCOP on complex donor funded program.
- Experience leading efforts to influence government policy or legislation through issue-based advocacy.
- 6 years demonstrated experience in supervision, strategic planning, management, coordination, and budgeting.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation and representational skills.
- Experience in gender sensitive programming, operating in Muslim contexts, and implementing civil society programs.
- Demonstrated understanding of the advantages/disadvantages of gender mainstreaming strategies and methodologies and of gender dynamics and complexities and cultural issues/constraints in facilitating women’s participation in development preferred.
- Prior program management experience in Afghanistan or conflict zone preferred.
- Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and procedures for contractor compliance preferred.
- Demonstrable professional oral presentation and concise writing skills in English are required (FSI S4/R4 proficiency in English required).
Location of Assignment: Kabul, Afghanistan
CONDITIONS OF WORK REQUIREMENTS:
Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities. General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs. of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.