Chief of Party

Apply by 31 July 2018
Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID/OTI-funded project based in Iraq. In USAID/OTI programs, the COP commonly serves the traditional responsibilities of a Chief Operating Officer and is not a traditional COP role due to the USAID/OTI-Contractor relationship and key decision-making processes.

Reporting & Supervision:

Within Creative, the COP will report to the Project Director at Creative headquarters. The COP will supervise the Deputy Chief of Party – Operations and the Deputy Chief of Party - Programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

Chief of Party

  • Make key decisions and solve problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity. Overall program direction is provided by USAID/OTI through the TOCOR and CR;
  • Manage, oversee, and report on Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings in this program;
  • Serve as the Contractor’s designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID/OTI;
  • In close consultation with the CR, provide oversight of grant activities, including supervision of the program staff, ensuring appropriate grant design, ensuring that procedures are established and complied with for grant development, grant worthiness, grant implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and grant closing;
  • Under the guidance of the CR, contribute to the design and implementation of the M&E system at the activity level and for ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated; and
  • Develop familiarity with, and maintain daily usage of the USAID/OTI Activity Database, and ensure that the relevant staff use, maintain, and upload the Activity Database weekly, and that data is consistent and complete.


  • Relevant work experience, including experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working in complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries;
  • A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity;
  • Experience with grant management, preferably in-kind and small grants;
  • Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is desired, but not required;
  • Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement;
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
  • Experience working in Iraq or other countries in the region or undergoing transition preferred, but not required;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; and
  • Experience with remote management in transition environments highly desired, but not required.

Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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