Chief of Party

Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 27 January 2019
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 December 2018

Job Description

Blumont is seeking candidates as Chief of Party (COP) in Afghanistan. The COP will be responsible for overall project leadership, strategic guidance, managerial and technical oversight with final responsibility for achieving cost effective, timely, contractually compliant project results and impacts. In addition, the COP will have frequent and high‐level engagement with USAID, the host government, donors, local and International stakeholders. The Chief of Party will report to Assistant Vice President.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Represent (primary point of contact) the project with USAID, the host government and donors;
  • Serve as the strategic guide for program activities within all sectors – ensuring the program meets all required targets and anticipated results.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing programs with a community stabilization focus or component in Afghanistan or in the region.
  • Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of the project.
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership to ensure all project objectives and activities align with Blumont’s and USAID’s standards and objectives.
  • Ensures implementation of targeted strategies to respond to stabilization priorities as identified by key stakeholders.
  • Facilitates collaborative partnerships between related Ministries, donors, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensures that all policies and practices instituted are compliant with USAID’s performance monitoring, policy and compliance programming requirements set forth in the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) and other rules and regulations.
  • Provides capacity-building workshops for prime and sub-partner staff to improve performance management.
  • Ensures the strategy for capacity building of national staff to achieve quality project management and to build sustainable national technical, administrative and management talent.
  • Manages and leads staff, consultants and contractors to ensure efficient and timely implementation of project. Provides regular policy and operational guidance to achieve this.
  • Ensures project implementation is in accordance with the contract and approved work plans; as needed, conducts project needs assessments to ensure project activities are continuously responsive to donor and stakeholder priorities.
  • Ensures the timeliness, cost and quality of all activities performed under the project.
  • Liaise with USAID, regional and central authorities, other development organizations involved in similar assistance programs in the region, and local communities to ensure support, coordination and satisfaction.
  • Prepares weekly and monthly reports to Blumont HQ that 1) provide a snapshot of progress against work plan activities and approved indicator targets; and 2) effectively identify technical, schedule or cost risks and/or issues.
  • Prepares quarterly and/or annual reports according to the contract requirements.
  • Identifies new projects and makes recommendations as needed.
  • Develops proposals for additional funding of existing programs and for new projects in country.
  • Prepares annual work plan, activity pipeline and budget that facilitate the achievement of key objectives and deliverables and identify responsible staff and potential roadblocks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible international development experience in managing and implementing large donor-funded development and/or humanitarian assistance programs.
  • At least 5 years of successful experience as Project Director or Chief of Party responsible for overseeing technical assistance teams for projects of similar magnitude and complexity, particularly in transitional, Islamic, and/or post-conflict countries.
  • Extensive experience in implementing development programming within a stabilization context.
  • Experience managing high‐profile programs, including experience in engagement with senior host government leadership.
  • Demonstrated expertise in humanitarian assistance, capacity building, and program design and implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable for quality outputs and results as well as communication with external stakeholders such as governments, donors, etc.
  • Professional fluency in English speaking, reading, and writing to a level 4 or native speaker.
  • Professional oral presentation and concise writing skills in English (required) Dari/Pashto (desirable)
  • Ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host-government counterparts on policy and other strategic planning issues.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and strong track record in meeting deliverables and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other Contractors, local implementing partners, and teams implementing USG- and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors such as infrastructure and democracy/governance.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Prior experience in USAID funded projects.
  • Experience jointly coordinating and collaborating with civil-military-host country stakeholders.
  • Experience training staff.
  • Fluency in Dari.

Success Factors:

  • Demonstrated experience implementing programs with a community stabilization focus or component in Afghanistan or in the region.
  • Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
  • Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ethical management approach.
  • Demonstrated team building and management skills
  • High motivation, initiative, and adaptability.
  • An ability to work successfully in remote and challenging settings with limited resources.

Travel Requirements:

  • This position will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan but it is expected that the candidate will be required to travel to remote and/or kinetic areas of within Afghanistan for up to 40% of the time.

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal Office Conditions.
  • Ability to carry body armor up a flight of stairs.

About the Organization

Blumont builds on 20 years of proven experience as International Relief & Development (IRD) to forge an enhanced development capability that provides clients with value for their money and delivers results on time, on scope and on budget. We have a diverse client base comprised of over 30 partner and donor organizations including: USAID, UNHCR, DFID, the World Bank, UNDP, US DOS, USDA, and the World Health Organization. Using advanced technology, tools and information resources, we implement highly effective programs in some of the most difficult environments in the world. We deliver innovative, evidence based, locally driven solutions that advance the aspirations of people, communities and donor partners worldwide. Our mission is to collaborate, innovate, and transform.

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