The Deputy Chief of Party/Programming (DCOP) will manage all technical aspects of the anticipated USAID-funded Pakistan Youth Development Project, and provide technical direction and overall leadership to the program. The project will prepare youth for workforce participation (employment or entrepreneurship) by focusing education assistance on skills acquisition and civic engagement, and supporting youth as they emerge from training programs to identify employment opportunities or pursue entrepreneurial ventures to improve livelihoods, reduce the prospect of economic marginalization, serve as role models for other youth, and contribute to Pakistan’s economic growth.
The DCOP will ensure successful program implementation of the project, and as requested, participate in efforts to develop new programs.
This position is pending award of the anticipated project through the US Agency for International Development.
Essential Job Functions:
- Ensures technical implementation of targeted strategies to respond to project priorities as identified by key stakeholders.
- Facilitates collaborative partnerships between Government representatives, donors, and relevant stakeholders.
- Ensures that all policies and practices instituted are compliant with USAID’s performance monitoring, policy and compliance programming requirements set forth in the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) and other rules and regulations.
- Provides capacity-building workshops for prime and sub-partner staff to improve performance management.
- Manages and leads staff, consultants and contractors to ensure efficient and timely implementation of all technical programming aspects of the project;
- Provides policy guidance, training and ongoing guidance to each of the Office staff members;
- Conducts the project needs assessment for project implementation according to the contract;
- Ensures the timeliness, cost and quality of all activities performed under the project;
- Prepares quarterly and/or semiannual reports according to the contract requirements;
- Identifies new projects and makes recommendations as needed;
- Develops new proposals for additional funding in existing programs and for new projects in country;
- Assists in preparation of annual work plan and budget that identify key objectives, responsible staff, deliverables and potential roadblocks; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Experience:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is required.
- At least 8 years of relevant technical experience in proposed position in a conflict affected environment.
- At least 8 years’ experience relevant to proposed position on similar international, donor funded programs; USG experience highly desirable.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing staff in a conflict affected environment.
- Experience directly collaborating with host country government representatives.
- Fluent oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate and influence.
- Strong computer skills, including ease and skill in using word Excel spreadsheets, email, the Internet, Windows applications.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of project development, grant administration and management procedures as well as a mastery of the principles, methods, practices, and operational procedures of a variety of successful private business enterprises, NGOs or development programs.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of workforce development and youth issues in Pakistan and the region.
Preferred Skills & Experience:
- An undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the position.
- Master’s degree.
- Pakistan experience.
- Prior experience in USAID funded projects.
- Experience jointly coordinating and collaborating with civil-military-host country stakeholders.
- Experience training staff.
- Fluency in Urdu.
- Demonstrated experience implementing programs with a youth workforce development focus or component in Pakistan or in the region.
- Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
- Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
- High motivation, initiative, and adaptability.
- An ability to work successfully in remote and challenging settings with limited resources.
- This position will be based in Islamabad but it is expected that the candidate will travel to remote and/or kinetic areas of Pakistan for up to 40% of the time.
- Normal Office Conditions.
Blumont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach America and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Blumont, a charitable, non-profit, non-governmental organization, focuses its operations in regions of the world that present social, political and technical challenges. Blumont specializes in facilitating and supporting assistance that is tailored specifically to those most in need. Blumont works in collaboration with a wide range of organizations in the design and implementation of humanitarian relief and development aid programs, including U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations. Blumont's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. We accomplish our mission by implementing targeted cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups