Deputy Chief of Party- Programs

  • Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Deputy Chief of Party – Programs (DCOP-P) for an upcoming USAID/OTI-funded project based in Iraq.

Reporting & Supervision:

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


  • Carry out the programmatic aspects of the project. S/he or his or her designee will supervise the activity development staff and other staff involved in activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting;
  • Ensure appropriate implementation of program strategy;
  • Ensure that procedures are established and complied with for activity development, activity worthiness, activity implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and closing.
  • Ensure that program implementation is in accordance with regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the Task Order Scope of Work (SOW). This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, ensuring fair and transparent processes, review of financial management, and monitoring activity implementation;
  • Work with the COP, DCOP – Operations, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer, and regional offices to improve implementation processes throughout the program;
  • Serve as the COP and OTI CR’s (and/or the CR’s designee(s)) primary point of contract for current information about the status of activity implementation;
  • In collaboration with local staff in-country, identify program opportunities and potential local partners;
  • Ensure the relevant staff use, maintain, and upload weekly the Activity Database and that data is consistent and complete;
  • Work with the COP, DCOP – Operations, and other relevant parties to support security of persons, information, and goods directly related to implementation of individual activities;
  • Under the guidance of the USAID/OTI CR, DCR, and Chief of Party, contribute to the design and implementation of the M&E System at the activity level and for ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated;
  • Act as COP, when s/he is absent from the Program; and
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the COP.


  • 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 working in developing countries is required, preferably complex, high-speed and challenging field operations;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting, and procurement);
  • The candidate should have experience with activity design as well as development and management of projects, preferably including both community-level and national-level activities;
  • Experience with remote management in transition environments highly desired, but not required;
  • Experience developing and administering grants or small grants programs required;
  • The DCOP-P must have the capacity to understand and analyze national, regional, and local politics; to guide the program staff in creatively designing grants that relate to the current political environment; and to ensure that activities are appropriately implemented, monitored, evaluated and closed-out;
  • Experience working in Iraq or other Middle Eastern countries undergoing transition highly desired, but not required;
  • Ability to cope with and function effectively in high stress and fluid environments
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; and
  • Demonstrated working fluency or proficiency in Arabic is highly desired, but not 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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