The International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded “Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic (IBE-KR) Republic. The 5-year activity seeks to improve learning outcomes for 300,000 students in grades one through four. Successful candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Position is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
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/Kyrgyz on management and technical matters and will ensure exceptional quality and timeliness of project deliverables within budget and compliance parameters.
- Lead the coordination of program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries including the national and sub-national units of the Ministry of Education and Higher Science (MOES), and the Ministry of Culture, Information, and Tourism, school officials, civil society, and other activity 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.
- Initiate and drive coordination with other education activities implemented by IBE-KR partners, such as USAID Time to Read program, USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, the Aga Khan Foundation, the EU, Soros Foundation, and the World Bank.
- 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/Kyrgyz Republic 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 international development, education, public administration or related field.
- Minimum of 12 years of experience in similar education intervention activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments.
- Demonstrated leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, team-building and communication skills.
- Proven ability to coordinate with other key stakeholders including CERD, MEHE and non-governmental organizations.
- At least 5 years of experience in development in the Central Asia Region is required, preferably in the Kyrgyz Republic
- 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.