Chief of Party, Georgia

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 14 August 2019

Job Description

The International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Education Project in Georgia. The 5-year activity seeks to: 1.) expand the innovative learning instruction methods in reading and math into the national curriculum in all 2400 of Georgia’s primary schools for grades 1-6, including schools in marginalized communities; 2.) Strengthen teacher development curricula and teacher induction activities in at least five universities across the country that will result in a highly-qualified cadre of teachers; 3.) Build financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management of the activity and will develop the various interventions that result in the desired outcomes and impact. In addition, the COP will lead his/her team and provide overall supervision on the implementation of the interventions. The Chief of Party will serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Georgia on management and technical matters and will ensure exceptional quality and timeliness of project deliverables within budget and compliance parameters.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the coordination of program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries including the Ministry of Education and other government counterparts, USAID, local organizations and program partners.
  • Ensure internal integration of project activities through: 1) the annual work plan and budgeting process; 2) creating/maintaining an effective project management team; 3) overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Manage technical and administrative personnel, as well as subcontractors in the implementation of a large, complex activity to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Ensure that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID/Georgia on management and strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
  • Serve as the project’s primary interlocutor with the leadership of the MOES; represent RTI, USAID and the project with key beneficiaries and stakeholders in public and international forums.
  • Provide overarching leadership and direction across all technical and functional areas such as technical strategies, monitoring and evaluation, finance, operations, reporting, communications, and human resources.
  • Manage and control funds and other resources for the project and associated sub-contracts and grants under contract as required.
  • Prepare status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed.
  • Develop and implement practices to ensure a high level of staff morale and retention.
  • Remain in close contact with the home office, providing regular presentations and updates about the project’s progress.

  • Master’s degree in education, business, program/project management, or a related field from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of 14 years of experience in similar education intervention activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments.
  • At least 5 years of experience in development in Eastern Europe/Central Asia or former Soviet countries.
  • Experience managing early grade reading programming is required; experience in teacher professional development and community engagement preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, team-building and communication skills.
  • Prior experience working on USAID-funded projects and strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development and professional development is preferred.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in Georgian and/or Russian preferred.

About the Organization

IDG International Education

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