Deputy Chief of Party, Industry-Led Skills Development Project in Georgia

  • Posted on 23 March 2020

Job Description

Virginia Tech is seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Deputy Chief of Party, Industry-Led Skills Development Project in Georgia.


Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) is currently recruiting for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project to support industry-led skills development that will contribute to sustained high-value employment opportunities in the Republic of Georgia. The anticipated program will support USAID/Georgia’s Strategic Development Objective 2- Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth. The USAID/Georgia Industry-led Workforce Skills Development Program has three components:

  • Strengthen private sector engagement in skills development
  • Establish long and short-term high-quality training programs
  • Replicate proven training programs in areas outside of Tbilisi/rural areas

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will support the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP) to manage implementation and guide the technical direction of the project. These responsibilities include:

  • Oversee day-to-day project management including staff activities, administrative procedures, and partner relationships;
  • Provide leadership and vision for programmatic efforts related to the project objectives, activities and outcomes, to support industry-driven improvements in training and educational opportunities for workforce development in targeted sectors;
  • Work with the COP to incentivize and increase the level of private sector engagement in skills development, and build communication and partnerships between the private sector and education service providers to support skills development for high-value employment, including on-the-job learning opportunities;
  • Support the project planning, budgeting, monitoring, performance, evaluation, and reporting;
  • In the absence of the Chief of Party, serve as the day-to-day country-level representative for the project and point of contact for USAID and the Virginia Tech home office;
  • Ensure project operations comply with Virginia Tech policies and procedures as well as USAID rules and regulations;
  • Ensure that all the project’s goals and activities are achieved and that all the project’s deadlines are met;


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Economics, International Development, Education, Business Management, or a closely related field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working in managerial positions on workforce development and education projects, preferably in Georgia and/or the Caucuses, with administrative and/or technical oversight including preparation of work plans and budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships with the private, public, and education sectors
  • Strong team building and management skills
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures
  • Experience managing subgrants in the Caucuses context
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in Georgian and English required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, economic, and development context of Georgia and/or Caucuses experience preferred
  • Previous DCOP experience desirable

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email to:, with “Deputy Chief of Party, Georgia Industry-Led Skills Development” in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed beginning on 20 April 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project; this document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment.

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Virginia Tech Office for Equity and Accessibility.

About the Organization

Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) manages and implements externally funded projects in developing countries.

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