Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies seek a Chief of Party for the upcoming USAID Informed Citizens – Resilient Society project in Macedonia. The Informed Citizens – Resilient Society project seeks to improve democratic participation by Macedonian citizens, as well as to accelerate progress toward EU accession and NATO membership. The program will support efforts to enhance Macedonian society’s resilience against political manipulation and pressure, in part by increasing the quality of public information, enhancing media literacy, fostering media entrepreneurship, reinforcing protections for free speech, and restoring a notion of the “public sphere” as a space of inclusive dialogue. This full-time position is expected to be based in Skopje, Macedonia, and requires travel to the locations of partners within Macedonia and to ASU’s campus in Tempe, Arizona.
This position is contingent upon award.
The Chief of Party is responsible for overall direction, leadership, and management of the activity, including:
- Partner arrangements and management with other members of the implementing team/consortium.
- Relationships with USAID, subcontractors, partners, and other stakeholders
- Supervising other key staff responsible for financial management, research and training, monitoring and evaluation, communication, and other key functions.
- Reporting and problem solving.
- Putting in place a program across Macedonia (Macedonian and Albanian; cross-generational; city center and village square) to raise the quality and professionalism of journalism, the level of the discerning eye of the public, and the expectation of social returns on investment by investors in and owners of media outlets.
- A minimum of a Master’s degree in management, journalism and mass communication, international development, or a related field
- At least 10 years’ experience leading, managing and implementing large international projects
- Specific and significant experience interacting with a range of USAID or other donor country offices
- Previous development experience in Macedonia and/or the region strongly preferred
- Conversational ability in Macedonia and/or other languages of the region
- Experience overseeing university faculty and other research staff
- Specific significant experience with projects supporting and strengthening media, public information, and free speech
- Previous COP experience on a USAID project
About the Organization
The mission at Arizona State University (ASU) is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University. Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” In 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018, U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university. The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States.
As a leader in cutting-edge applied research and community engagement, ASU takes a cross-sectoral approach to global challenges by supporting and empowering academic units to collaborate internally, and with relevant partners beyond ASU. ASU has been working globally with Federal government agencies, Higher Education institutions and Non-governmental Organizations to strengthen civic participation and media literacy. Areas of particular strength include analysis of extremist narratives, training in digital and data journalism, and professional development in the education sector. ASU also has extensive experience in contributing to democratic transition and media in the Western Balkans, with specific experience in programming and partnerships in Kosovo, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and, in particular, the Republic of Macedonia.
The ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the nation’s top journalism schools and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Students receive hands-on experiences in Cronkite News, a multiplatform daily news operation with bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles. With professional programs in digital media, public affairs reporting, broadcast news, digital innovation, public relations, sports reporting, Spanish-language news and more, Cronkite offers a real-world education for the digital media world of today and tomorrow. Since 2010, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from the around the world come to Cronkite for an academic year of study, leadership development, and professional enrichment. Cronkite Global Initiatives regularly conducts State Department journalism workshops in emerging democracies such as Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kosovo and other Balkan nations.
The ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies advances innovative use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia. The Center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders. As a research unit, the Center draws on the expertise of over forty faculty affiliates, and partners with educational institutions in the U.S. and the region to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research, including USAID projects in the region. As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.
ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.