Deputy Chief of Party- Operations

Apply by 31 July 2018
Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Deputy Chief of Party – Operations (DCOP-Ops) for an upcoming USAID/OTI-funded project based in Iraq. The DCOP- Ops will manage the day-to-day operations and administration, to include project procurements, operational systems, and logistics

Reporting & Supervision:

The DCOP-Ops will report to the Chief of Party (COP).


  • Oversee all operations including but not limited to administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, and property;
  • Ensure that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, assuring fair and transparent procurement processes, review of financial management, and monitoring grant implementation;
  • Ensure that the most reasonable, fair, expeditious, and appropriate procurement choices were made pursuant to the Contractor Procurement Guide;
  • Supervise the Contractor’s day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations (including the project’s facilities such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting;
  • Supervise the daily financial operations of the contract, which include cash flow management, time sheet recording, reporting to USAID/OTI on the financial aspects of the project, and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures;
  • Ensure continuous liquidity for the project; handle all human resource issues; supervise the day-to-day implementation of all grants made under the program; and investigate and identify new ways of achieving project efficiencies;
  • Coordinate with the Contractor’s Home Office on all compliance issues, seeking legal and policy guidance on sanctions and other applicable restrictions; and
  • While not directly responsible for overseeing activity development, the DCOP-O will be expected to have a good grasp of the programmatic aspects of the program and be prepared to step in as needed to support the COP and other program staff in activity development aspects of the project while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.


  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience including working on donor-funded projects in a related role and with some demonstrated supervisory experience;
  • One (1) year supervisory experience, preferably with culturally and geographically diverse staff, highly desired, but not required;
  • Experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program highly desired, but not required;
  • Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment;
  • Experience with remote management in transition environments highly desired, but not required;
  • Experience working in Iraq or other Middle Eastern countries preferred, but not required;
  • It is highly desired, but not required that the candidate have experience with grants or small grants under contract programs, and preferably cash grants to local organizations;
  • The candidate should be fluent in the Contractor’s and USAID’s policies and procedures on human resources, financial management, financial reporting, and procurement processes, systems, and grants management;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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.

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