Chief of Party, Central Asia

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The American Institutes for Research
Apply by 3 February 2013
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 January 2013

Job Description

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a U.S.-based not-for-profit institution working “to conduct and apply behavioral and social science research to improve people’s lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.” Since 1946, AIR has worked with U.S. and international partners in over 80 countries to ensure that research translates into effective and successful programs in the areas of education, health, and workforce development.

AIR is looking for a Chief of Party for a proposed five-year, USAID-funded education project in the Central Asian Republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The anticipated project has a heavy focus on early grade reading with activities in improving teacher effectiveness, building assessment capacity, increasing availability and use of reading materials, and strengthening classroom and school management. Responsibilities The Chief of Party will be responsible for:
•Serving as the chief representative for a USAID-funded project for all local counterparts and stakeholders, including USG agencies, the Ministries of Education, other donors, local NGOs, schools, and communities
•Providing vision and leadership for development and institutionalization of the project’s technical components
•Maintaining consistent communication with the USAID staff
•Managing a team of local staff
•Overseeing all project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, as well as information dissemination

About the Organization

Qualifications •PhD degree in education, international education development, or other relevant international development degree and 6 years of relevant experience or a Masters degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.
•Experience in Central Asia.
•Experience in early grade reading, basic education, literacy, curriculum development, teacher professional development and/or capacity building.
•Experience with high level representation among host country nationals, U.S. officials, etc.
•Management and finance oversight of large overseas projects in developing countries.
•In-country local staff managerial experience.
•Previous experience as a DCOP or COP on a USAID funded project desired.
•Local language skills (Russian) desired.

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at To apply, please go to and conduct a job title search. EOE.