Chief of Party, Uzbekistan Agricultural Linkages Project
DAI seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the ongoing USAID/Uzbekistan Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Activity. AVC is a $17 million program, with two years of implementation remaining, that that supports expanded diverse and competitive trade and markets by enabling a more diverse and competitive private sector and enhancing agricultural competitiveness and food security in Uzbekistan.
The COP will provide overall technical and operational leadership and expertise to the program, and serves as the primary liaison with USAID on management and technical matters. The COP will lead and manage the multi-disciplinary team to achieve specific and measurable results and deliver expected outputs on time. S/he will establish the administrative framework to monitor and assure progress toward the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project.
- Provide overall leadership, management and technical direction of the entire program to ensure an integrated vision and successful achievement of AVC objectives;
- Identify issues and risks related to program implementation and guide appropriate program adjustments;
- Serve as principal liaison with USAID, Government of Uzbekistan counterparts and community stakeholders on program communications and technical implementation activities.
- Lead annual work planning development process, implementation of workplan activities, and delivery of annual targets;
- Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with USAID/Central Asia CTJ project, also implemented by DAI;
- Submit timely, high quality project deliverables to USAID and DAI;
- Oversee multiple activities simultaneously, including hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising local personnel;
- Build the capacity of local staff in both technical and managerial skills; and
- Ensure compliance with local labor laws, USAID policies, and DAI policies and procedures.
- A graduate degree in agriculture, finance, economics, business administration or a related field.
- Minimum 15 years of professional experience in agricultural and /or rural development, including experience working in horticultural value chains and understanding of systems thinking.
- Experience working in Central Asia or elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, is highly desired, but experience in other geographies is also valued and will be considered.
- Experience working with producers, rural stakeholders, and public organizations.
- A strong record of successes in agricultural/rural development programs of similar size and complexity.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with staff to set and achieve performance objectives.
- Ability to negotiate with a range of stakeholders, from high level government officials to small farmers, and to represent the project with the highest degree of professionalism to USAID, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MAWR), and other stakeholders.
- Strong communications and technical skills, fluent in English.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant management experience on projects of similar complexity.
- Understanding and knowledge of USAID and USG regulations, administration, management, reporting procedures and systems is preferred.
- Russian language experience highly desired, but not essential.
This position is a two-year assignment, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The anticipated start date for the position is June 2018, though the position could begin later for exceptional candidates. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by mid-May 2018 for consideration.
About the Organization
DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.