Chief of Party

Apply by 13 December 2017
Posted on 2 December 2017

Job Description

Chemonics is seeking a long-term chief of party to lead USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives’ (OTI’s) ongoing project to provide transition and stabilization assistance to Syria. The project, valued at more than $100 million, is expected to last until August 2019, with a possible extension until August 2020. The chief of party will lead a dynamic team of more than 60 staff, including highly experienced mid- and senior-level managers, across up to five countries. The chief of party will provide hands-on management of all aspects of the project, but will also delegate tasks and mentor the project’s management team. They will be expected to work in daily collaboration with OTI’s co-located staff, taking programmatic and strategic direction from OTI. Given the complexity of the operating environment, the chief of party must able to lead the team through frequent changes in program objectives, political conditions, staffing, and budget. Subject to project and client considerations, this position will initially be based in Istanbul, Turkey, with potential travel of up to 50 percent to other locations. Assignment location and related considerations will be discussed with final candidates during the interview process. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead more than 60 managers and team members located across up to five countries, making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity
  • Manage field relationships with OTI staff
  • In consultation with OTI, and working closely with the project management team, oversee activity design; subcontractor/grantee worthiness; and activity implementation, monitoring, and closeout
  • Under OTI’s guidance, oversee the team designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation and research systems at the program, cluster, and activity levels
  • Ensure efficient project operations in compliance with USAID’s rules and regulations and Chemonics’ policies and best practices, including systems that support staff, office, and informational security
  • Coordinating with OTI and USAID, represent the project to host-country government entities, local and international partners, and other implementers; coordinate activities with other USAID partners, contractors, and their staff
  • Build team spirit, camaraderie, and an atmosphere fostering professional development; support the well-being of expatriate and national staff working in fluid and stressful high-risk environments
  • Travel between project offices in various locations to ensure effective management and oversight of programing, management, and staff


  • Minimum five years of experience with complex, high-speed, and challenging field operations in conflict-affected countries. Experience managing teams and program activities in remote locations preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with activity design, development, and implementation in a post-conflict and/or transition setting, preferably with programs that deliver quick assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity. Minimum two years of experience working on political transition or conflict issues in the Middle East preferred, particularly in Syria
  • Grant management experience, preferably with in-kind and small grants for programs that require simultaneous procurements of goods and services and management of short-term technical assistance providers
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with client and USAID representatives and home- office personnel daily, and to lead consensus-building around complex issues related to the project’s programmatic direction, staffing, budgeting, and related areas
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience, with the ability to effectively lead large, diverse teams with expatriate and local staff. Demonstrated ability to mentor staff, delegate tasks, and oversee senior- and mid-level managers
  • Exceptionally organized and able to work under pressure and prioritize tasks in a constantly changing environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ethical standards and U.S. government contract compliance requirements, gained through experience with Chemonics and/or another major U.S. government contractor or grantee
  • Fluent written and verbal English required; proficient Arabic advantageous
  • Ability to relocate to Istanbul, Turkey, and travel up to 50 percent of the time to other locations required; willingness to commit to the position until at least August 2019.

Application Instructions:

Please send electronic submissions of detailed CVs and cover letters to by December 13, 2017. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.