The Chief of Party will manage the anticipated USAID-funded Pakistan Youth Development Project, and provide technical direction and overall leadership to the program. The project will prepare youth for workforce participation (employment or entrepreneurship) by focusing education assistance on skills acquisition and civic engagement, and supporting youth as they emerge from training programs to identify employment opportunities or pursue entrepreneurial ventures to improve livelihoods, reduce the prospect of economic marginalization, serve as role models for other youth, and contribute to Pakistan’s economic growth.
The COP will be the PYDP senior supervisor and ultimately responsible for meeting all PYDP deliverables. S/he and will provide strategic guidance and leadership related to the planning, management and implementation of the PYDP and will oversee all aspects of PYDP performance, both technical and managerial. The COP will also oversee implementing partners, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables and quality of results.
This position is pending award through USAID.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provides strategic direction and leadership to ensure all project goals and objectives meet Blumont’s and USAID’s standards and objectives;
- Ensures implementation of targeted strategies to respond to stabilization priorities as identified by key stakeholders;
- Facilitates collaborative partnerships between government, community, donor, and other relevant stakeholders;
- Ensures that all policies and practices instituted are compliant with USAID’s performance monitoring, policy and compliance programming requirements set forth in the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) and other rules and regulations;
- Ensures the strategy for capacity building of national staff to achieve project quality and to build sustainable national technical, administrative and management talent;
- Manages and leads staff, consultants and contractors to ensure efficient and timely implementation of project;
- Provides policy guidance, training and ongoing guidance to each of the Office staff members;
- Conducts the project needs assessment for project implementation according to the contract;
- Ensures the timeliness, cost and quality of all activities performed under the project;
- Liaises with USAID, regional and central authorities, other development organizations involved in similar assistance programs in the region, and local communities to ensure support, coordination and satisfaction;
- Prepares weekly and monthly reports to Blumont HQ;
- Prepares quarterly and/or semiannual reports according to contract requirements;
- Identifies new projects and makes recommendations as needed;
- Prepares annual work plan and budget that identify key objectives, responsible staff, deliverables and potential roadblocks; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Experience:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is required. A degree in a field relevant to the position is highly desirable.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience supervising complex, high-speed and challenging programs in developing countries.
- At least 8 years of experience working on technical assistance and support services to USG and community beneficiaries.
- At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience managing staff.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging projects involving both public and private sector stakeholders, particularly in Pakistan.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in policy analysis and dialogue with host country governments.
- Experience directly collaborating with host country government representatives.
- Fluent oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of project development, grant administration and management procedures as well as a mastery of the principles, methods, practices, and operational procedures of a variety of successful private business enterprises, NGOs or development programs.
- Demonstrated experience in service provision and economic development contracts or grants.
- Demonstrated understanding of regional geopolitical issues and nuances.
Preferred Skills & Experience:
- Master’s degree.
- Experience in Pakistan.
- Prior experience in USAID funded contracts.
- Experience managing small grants programs highly desired.
- Experience training staff.
- Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
- Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
- High motivation, initiative, and adaptability.
- This position will be based in Islamabad but it is expected that the candidate will be required to travel outside the city up to 30% of the time.
- Normal Office Conditions.
Blumont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach America and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Blumont, a charitable, non-profit, non-governmental organization, focuses its operations in regions of the world that present social, political and technical challenges. Blumont specializes in facilitating and supporting assistance that is tailored specifically to those most in need. Blumont works in collaboration with a wide range of organizations in the design and implementation of humanitarian relief and development aid programs, including U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations. Blumont's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. We accomplish our mission by implementing targeted cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups