Deputy Chief of Party - USAID-funded Business Egypt Activity

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 13 November 2019

Job Description

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) seeks a Deputy Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded Business Egypt Activity. This activity will increase income and employment in Egypt, with a focus on youth and women, by assisting the Egyptian government and private sector to encourage new entrants into the market and help firms grow and expand by raising firm-level productivity. The activity will: a) promote the growth of Egyptian micro, small, and medium-sized firms by building on USAID’s work to improve access to business development and financial services and partnering with the private sector to catalyze new investment and expansion that includes increasing their skilled workforce; and b) improve policies and regulations that affect firm-level productivity.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) supports the COP to ensure successful implementation, results, and management for the activity. He/she works with the COP to establish and maintain constructive relations with counterparts across different regions of Egypt, as well as with the consortium of subcontractors. The DCOP oversees management issues including staff, logistics, financial accounting and security, and carries out any other tasks assigned by the COP to ensure proper management of the Contract. The DCOP may oversee technical areas such as access to finance and investment, MSME Management & Productivity Manager, and Policy & Regulatory management, strategic communications, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.


Required: MA/MS in a relevant field
Preferred: N/A



  • Ten to twelve years of experience working in MSME development sector.
  • Eight or more years of experience in international donor-funded program management.


  • Experience implementing program or initiatives which raise firm level productivity in MSMEs.
  • Experience building the technical capacity of business development service providers.
  • Previous experience in Egypt or MENA preferred.
  • Previous experience with USAID preferred.


  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience working under pressure, multi-tasking, and meeting management deadlines.
  • Experience working with a multi-disciplinary team in an office environment.
  • Commitment to principles of gender equality, capacity development and anti-corruption.
  • Fluency in English required.


  • Ability to establish and leverage successful collaborative working relationships with private sector, NGOs and governments.
  • Team player with the ability to motivate and guide diverse expatriate senior technical as well as local staff, in achieving program objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging environment and maintain cultural sensitivities.
  • Can build and maintain useful and wide-ranging networks of contacts at institution, country or regional level.
  • Able to quickly understand regional/country context and local sensitivities. Ability to prioritize and solve problems in ambiguous situations.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with an effective range of external contacts.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively combining logic and reason with interpersonal sensitivity.


Travel Requirements: In-country and regional travel may be required up to 50% of the time.

Physical Requirements: Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10lbs.

About the Organization

Cardno is a global infrastructure, environmental and social development company operating in more than 100 countries and powered by a talented 6,000-strong workforce. They are united by a shared purpose to deliver exceptional professional services to improve physical and social environments that make a difference to people’s lives around the world.

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