CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded Accessible and Quality Basic Education Activity in Afghanistan. This procurement is expected to be a 5-year multi-million-dollar project that is designed to implement USAID’s Education Policy in Afghanistan to enable children to acquire the education and skills needed to be productive members of society and foster individual self-reliance.
The Chief of Party (based in Afghanistan) is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing the program, finances, and operations of USAID or other international donor-funded projects, preferably in a similar environment.
This position is subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances may be available.
- Oversee the completion of all technical and managerial requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
- Build partnerships among international, national and community-level stakeholders.
- Design and oversee an annual project implementation plan in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles.
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Ensure that the project operations are in compliance with all USAID and CARE policies and procedures.
- Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (MBA, MD, MPH, Ph.D.) from an accredited academic institution.
- Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in international development as previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on USAID programs similar in size and scope.
- Minimum of 5 years of technical experience in basic education (including improved learning outcome, reducing barriers to access quality education, increasing students’ retention rate, and increasing students’ enrollment rate especially for girls) preferred.
- Experience with two or more technical areas of this program.
- Experience managing USAID contracts is a strong advantage.
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Experience recruiting, developing, and managing diverse teams.
- Track record of a strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus.
- Previous experience in Afghanistan is an advantage but not a requirement.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu is a plus.
About the Organization
At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.
This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.