Chief of Party

Jakarta, Indonesia
Apply by 4 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 5 July 2018

Job Description

DAI is seeking a Chief of Party for the USAID/Indonesia Mitra Kunci Initiative. USAID/Indonesia’s inclusive workforce development program—Kunci—grew out of an iterative co-design process, which resulted in the identification of pilot activities to address gaps in skills development for poor and vulnerable (P&V) youth in priority Indonesian provinces. The Mitra Kunci project provides implementation support to USAID’s broader Kunci objectives and was awarded to DAI in January 2017 with a period of performance of five (5) years.

Taking an evidence-based and iterative learning and adaptation approach, Mitra Kunci, under the management of the Chief of Party, will perform the following key tasks:

  • Award and manage grants to Indonesia-led Project Implementers (PIs) and develop their capacity;
  • Provide technical assistance to Kunci stakeholders, including the Government of Indonesia and U.S.-led PI recipients of cooperative agreements from USAID; and
  • Serve as a coordination, communications and learning platform for gathering and disseminating workforce development information for USAID’s Kunci program across all project implementers.

Key results to be achieved by the project include: (i) improved access to quality workforce development programs for poor and vulnerable youth; (ii) increased private sector training opportunities for poor and vulnerable youth; (iii) improved capacity for decision making at the regional level (provinces and local districts) in support of workforce development for poor and vulnerable youth.

The Chief of Party is responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the Mitra Kunci initiative. He oversees the long-term local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. The Chief of Party will guide the Mitra Kunci team in ensuring the grants under contract (GUCs) are both compliant and programmatically sound. He will effectively coordinate technical interventions across all PIs and stakeholders. In all aspects, he will work closely with the Mitra Kunci Indonesian staff to build their capacity to perform these functions. He undertakes regular assessments of the broader political environment within which the project operates to ensure flexibility and rapid re-prioritization of activities when necessary.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITES: The COP has three primary areas of tasks and responsibilities: technical project management, project administration, and representation of DAI Global, LLC.

Technical Project Management

  • Responsible for overall project management, quality and timeliness of deliverables, external representation, and coordination with USAID TOCOR.
  • Provide overall technical and strategic management, guidance and supervision to the project team, and ensure quality of work and compliance with contractual obligations and results.
  • Provide technical and management leadership, develop technical strategies and oversee the design and implementation of technical assistance to the project implementers and stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic vision to Mitra Kunci staff and PIs to produce and submit in a timely manner project deliverables and ensure quality of work and compliance with contractual obligations and results.
  • Serve as the principal point of contact with the USAID/Indonesia Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) ensuring close coordination with USAID/Indonesia.
  • Oversee a project office in Jakarta, including recruitment and retention of long-term project staff, and manage a network of qualified professionals to serve as short term technical advisors.
  • Responsible for the quality and performance of work that is sub-contracted to other partners.
  • Assist with the development PI grant proposals, work plans and budgets.
  • Create scopes of work for short-term technical assistance and training activities and obtain approval of client.
  • Lead efforts to establish and maintain linkages with related projects and other non-USAID/Indonesia stakeholders.

Project Administration

  • Work closely with the project’s finance and administration staff and oversee Mitra Kunci financial and administrative matters ensuring the project complies with all USAID, Government of Indonesia and DAI-specific administrative and financial requirements, including registration and VAT.
  • Ensure the project is compliant with all contract requirements, subcontractor obligations, rules and regulations of the funder, and DAI policies and procedures (accuracy, comprehensiveness and timeliness).
  • Supervise preparation of monthly vouchers, fiscal planning and reporting and preparation of quarterly monitoring reports and annual budgets.
  • Monitor project budget against contract line items and obligated funds.
  • Assist in evaluating project staff performance and recommend personnel actions for long-term advisors to the Financial and Administration Manager.
  • Assist in creating a positive collaborative work environment, actively manage project personnel, and work with project staff to build their professional knowledge and skills.

DAI Global, LLC Representation

  • Act as the principal project representative on behalf of DAI to the USG, GOI and non-government partners.
  • Represent the project externally with other donors, government officials and other stakeholders.
  • Serve as a liaison between all local project partners and DAI/Bethesda.
  • Bring client contractual questions to the attention of the Contracts Office of DAI/Bethesda.
  • Create positive relationships with clients, other projects and COPs, cooperating country officials, communities in which the project works and between the project and home office.
  • Through USAID/Indonesia, actively capture and share knowledge generated by the project with other projects and agencies.

REPORTING: The Chief of Party will report to the U.S.-based Program Team Director.

LOCATION: The Chief of Party will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia, with field travel to priority provinces.


  • Master’s degree in international development, education, or a related field, required;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience required in workforce training, private sector engagement or labor;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience required in the design, management and implementation of international development projects;
  • Demonstrated experience required in leading teams and/or managing an office with a diverse staff;
  • Demonstrated experience required in building organizational capacity, designing and conducting training.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required.
  • Has an established relationship or previous collaboration experience with Government of Indonesia and private sector, preferred.

About the Organization

DAI is an international development company. For 40 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.

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