Chief of party

Apply by 14 July 2018
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party to lead the anticipated USAID Economic Restructuring Activity (ERA) in Myanmar. ERA aims to advance political and economic transformation of Myanmar’s economy by supporting the government in increasing capacity to manage economic reforms, facilitating high-priority economic reforms, improving the financial system, and effectively communicating economic reforms. The chief of party will oversee all project activities, have overall responsibility for the successful performance of the project team, and represent ERA with project counterparts and USAID. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, technical direction, and management oversight for all project activities and ensure achieving targeted results
  • Develop and communicate, verbally and in writing, the strategic vision for the project to staff, USAID, and all counterparts and stakeholders; make formal and informal presentations on the project’s work
  • Ensure that work plans are developed with input from staff and stakeholders, and initiate implementation of those work plans
  • Ensure all project activities are complementary and implemented effectively; monitor and, when necessary, modify programmatic assistance to achieve results
  • Provide guidance and technical direction to project subcontractors
  • Approve selection and hiring of all local professional and administrative staff oversee the adoption of their job descriptions; supervise their performance based on established criteria
  • Oversee and ensure contract performance at the highest level in compliance with contract provisions
  • Manage contract budget and fund allocations, and ensure accurate financial recordkeeping
  • Conduct meetings and maintain relationships with the Burmese government officials and other relevant stakeholders, maintaining two-way communications to build a relationship of trust and cooperation


  • Advanced degree in economics, public finance, public administration, public policy, law, business administration, or another relevant field; exceptional, relevant post-education experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree
  • Minimum 15 years of international development experience, including substantial experience working with the public sector on economic reforms, macroeconomic policy, or economic governance on projects of a similar size and scale to ERA’s
  • Experience managing USAID programs highly preferred
  • Direct experience managing and implementing tax/fiscal policy and administration activities of similar scale and complexity
  • Strong command of fiscal policy, tax administration, and public financial management concepts and practices
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish a common vision and promote a culture of collaboration through effective leadership
  • Ability to liaise and navigate effectively with U.S. government agencies, host-country government officials, private sector stakeholders, and other donors
  • Outstanding management and creative problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Experience working with international donors in Myanmar or Asia strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required and proficiency in Burmese preferred

Application Instructions:

Please submit an electronic version of your application, including a current CV and cover letter, to no later than Thursday, June 14, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged. 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.

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