The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking a Chief of Party to successfully and effectively lead the implementation of the anticipated USAID/Georgia Local Self-Government Strengthening Activity.
The Activity has four objectives, namely:
· Objective 1: National institutional capacities, legislative frameworks, and partnerships for meaningful decentralization strengthened;
· Objective 2: Subnational public administration and accountability systems improved;
· Objective 3: Subnational capacity to deliver inclusive, accessible, and citizen-responsive public services, in alignment with national standards, enhanced; and
· Objective 4: Communities engaged and empowered to hold subnational governments accountable.
The Activity has been designed to specifically (a) support central-level institutions to manage implementation of the Georgian Decentralization Strategy (Objective 1) and (b) strengthen accountability across the local governance ecosystem (including across branches of government and across governance functions) (Objectives 2, 3, & 4). ICMA is well-positioned to achieve the Activity’s goal of strengthening partnerships for meaningful decentralization thanks to over 100 years of organizational experience strengthening local governments worldwide through over 500 programs in over 70 countries.
Successful Chief of Party applicants will be dynamic, results-oriented team players, with outstanding execution skills and the proven ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment. They will also be proactive and innovative thinkers, with the proven ability to execute new initiatives, particularly in developing countries.
Key job functions include:
· Manage all field aspects of technical assistance delivery, including activity design, execution, post-activity follow-up and reporting to funders;
· Manage completion of all activities and deliverables in line with approved work plan;
· Oversee operations of local office(s);
· Develop and maintain productive relationships with key local counterparts, USAID and other relevant technical assistance providers;
· Liaise closely with ICMA staff to ensure effective program implementation and management; and
· Contribute actively to improving ICMA’s efficacy and impact.
· Master’s degree in a related field (public administration, public policy, governance and development);
· 8 to 10 years of experience managing international development programs, particularly USAID-funded programs;
· Demonstrated experience in managing programs focused on subnational governance and/or decentralization, particularly in Georgia or the region;
· Excellent oral and written communication in English and Georgian is required; and
· Ability to lead and form constructive partnerships with and among local counterparts.
About the Organization
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which develops tools and resources that advance professional local governance in order to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. Since 1914, ICMA has implemented over 500 programs in more than 70 countries, delivering hands-on assistance by tapping into the knowledge and skillset of more than 13,000 members, who provide long-term learning, mentorship, and partnership opportunities for their counterparts in local government. ICMA performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and internationally, thanks to the support of federal government agencies, international foundations, and corporations.
For more information regarding ICMA’s programs and services, please visit www.icma.org.