Chief of Party | Afghanistan | 2020

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 5 March 2020

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated Afghanistan Market-Based Jobs for Peace (MJP) program. The purpose of this project is to address the pervasive widespread unemployment within the context of returning refugee and IDP populations in post-conflict environments, specifically by: creating sustainable private sector jobs in rural and peri-urban regions; improving workforce skills for employment, self-employment, and entrepreneurship; and enhancing the overall competitiveness of Afghan value chains. The MJP economic empowerment initiatives will target youth, women, internally displaced persons, returnees, and former combatants in rural and peri-urban areas. This position is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction
  • Supervise technical and administrative staff
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the host-country government, and local and regional partners
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound, appropriate, and aligned with the program’s long-term vision
  • Direct implementation of the project’s strategic long-term vision
  • Oversees work planning, performance management, and strategic communications


  • Advanced degree in international development, conflict resolution, finance, business, economic development, or a related field preferred
  • Experience working in Afghanistan preferred, but not required
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in managing and implementing development projects of similar size and scope, preferably including experience in a conflict or post-conflict environment with populations similar to those MJP seeks to support
  • Experience working with communities in challenging environments to create employment opportunities and jobs, strengthen workforce-related skills and abilities, and enhance the competitiveness of value chains and otherwise engage marginalized populations in economic opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience establishing inclusive economic empowerment initiatives, ideally within a conflict or post-conflict setting
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with civil society organizations to identify community needs, improve the enabling environment for investment and private sector progression, and attract investment into rural value chains
  • Strong facilitation, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills
  • Experience with adaptive management approaches
  • Personnel and resource management, coordination, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Application instructions:

Please apply through with the relevant position title in the subject line of the email by March 31, 2020 COB. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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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.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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