The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) works under the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP) and is responsible for overall technical implementation of a large USAID-funded early grade reading project in Ethiopia.
Reporting & Supervision:
This position reports to the Chief of Party and supervises several prime and subrecipient technical project staff. The DCOP is responsible for leading the technical coordination and delivery of the project across six regions and seven field offices.
- Oversee all aspects of technical implementation through leadership and management of project components in the following areas: in-service and pre-service continuous professional development, community outreach, book chain and materials development, education leadership, capacity building and policy, gender, and at-risk and vulnerable student interventions;
- Lead the project’s program team, comprised of technical specialists – including both Creative and subrecipient staff across seven field offices;
- Manage, guide, mentor and build the capacity of staff;
- Foster collaborative working relationship with all aspects of the project;
- Work in collaboration with the MEL Director and team to ensure programmatic monitoring and evaluation in accordance to award;
- Support the COP in programmatic representation, strategic development and quality control duties; and liaise with USAID and government stakeholders to respond to their informational, data and monitoring requirements;
- Review technical specifications of large procurements to ensure accuracy;
- Oversee development of technical program description for grants;
- Work in partnership with the COP, Project Director and backstop in the Home Office. In coordination with the COP, engage in frequent, routine communication so that the Project Director is aware of both progress and potential issues, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical agreement requirements;
- Ensure that technical and operational activities are carried out according to USAID and Creative’s policies and procedures;
- Assist the COP in managing international partners and local grantees to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical agreement requirements;
- Maintain a working knowledge of project financials, working with and supporting the COP ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and being followed;
- Support the COP in the preparation of annual work plans and ensure technical quality and cooperation with project staff, USAID, and the Ministry of Education (MOE);
- Develop and deliver reports and written documentation related to technical activities to be reported to USAID, including weekly, quarterly and annual reports;
- Develop short-term technical assistance plan and communicate needs to home office; and monitor consultant work in the field;
- Support communications and knowledge management efforts; drafting technical notes, documenting best practices, and refining success stories; and
- In absence of the COP, DCOP serves as acting COP of the project.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree or higher in education or another relevant field;
- At least 10 years of relevant experience in developing countries and specifically in the areas relevant to early literacy and/or early grade reading program management.
- At least five (5) years of experience managing sizable budgets ($50M) and leading large teams (50+ staff);
- Demonstrated exemplary diplomatic, management, communication and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members, as well as relations with the client, subrecipients, MOE, donors and the international community;
- Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is required; and
- Fluency in English is required.
About the Organization
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.