Background: The upcoming USAID Jordan Public Financial Management and Administration (PFMA) opportunity seeks to improve public financial management in Jordan by strengthening performance and efficiency of the existing revenue system and enhancing the budget management process. PFMA will focus on building capacity within Jordanian institutions to modernize the revenue system, encourage compliance, ease taxpayer ability to comply with tax obligations, improve budget planning/ preparation/ and execution, and enhance public procurement management. PFMA is anticipated to be a five year project.
The Chief of Party provides overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract/cooperative agreement. This individual will be expected to identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate project adjustments. He/she shall act as the key liaison between the USAID and all other counterparts and implementing partners involved with the project. The Chief of Party should demonstrable success applying innovative, sustainable solutions in challenging environments, as the position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, and consistency under urgent deadlines.
Required Minimum Education: Master’s degree in economics, public finance, public administration, law, business administration, or a related field.
- Minimum ten (10) years of experience in economic and public policy reform and management of public finance, budgeting, or revenue mobilization initiatives.
- Demonstrated experience leading international development programs of similar scope, size, and complexity.
- Ability to work closely with and build capacity of key stakeholders including public and private sector representatives (GoJ officials, Ministries, think tanks, academia).
- Strong analytical capabilities and planning, organization, and time management skills.
- Excellent oral and written English language communication skills.
- Previous experience as Chief of Party for USAID-funded programs preferred.
- Established professional relationships with municipal officials working in the governance sector in Jordan is a plus.
- Experience supporting gender integration and equality for vulnerable populations (including people with disabilities) in fiscal and public financial management policies preferred.
- Deep contextual understanding of municipal governance in Jordan/ experience working in public financial management in the Middle East or Northern Africa preferred.
- Arabic language skills preferred.
Knowledge and Skills
- Background, knowledge, and experience in gender equality or social inclusion/protection.
- Proven experience working with USAID and knowledge of USAID’s global strategies.
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
- Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills in English.
- Proven ability to work under pressure and to meet management deadlines.
- Commitment to principles of gender equality, capacity development, and anti-corruption.
- Ability to be flexible to changes in working hours where required.
- Ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team in an office environment.
- Fluency in English required
- Ability to deal with ambiguity
- Ability to solve problems
- Ability to prioritize
- Ability to manage through systems
- Ability to build and maintain useful and wide-ranging networks of contacts at institution, country or regional level.
- Ability to quickly understand regional/country context and local sensitivities.
- Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with an effective range of external contacts.
- Ability to negotiate effectively combining logic and reason with interpersonal sensitivity.Interpersonal Savvy, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Communications, Process Management/Improvement, Risk Management, Drive for Results, Personal Learning, Functional/Technical Skills
About the OrganizationCardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services.
Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.