Chief of Party

from Creative Associates International
Closing date: 31 Oct 2019

Project Summary:

This activity will focus on interventions aimed at achieving the following results: 1) Modernizing and improving the quality of Egypt’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in order to develop the technical skills and capabilities demanded by a globally competitive private sector; 2) Improving human resource management at the firm level and ensuring strong private sector engagement with the TVET system to maximize employment opportunities for graduates; and 3) Improving the enabling environment through employment and labor market policy reform to address inefficiencies at local and national levels.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates International (Creative) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Building Egypt’s Skilled Workforce activity. The COP will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the project. S/he will oversee the long-term expatriate and local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. The COP ensures compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant donor rules and regulations.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to the Project Director in the Economic Growth Division at Creative HQ.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages and is responsible for technical and financial performance of the project;
  • Provides technical direction, leadership, and oversight of all administrative matters;
  • Ensures technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to Creative’s policies and procedures and consistent with USAID regulations;
  • Works in partnership with the Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication with the Home Office around the project’s progress and potential issues;
  • Develops and implements work plans for project activities;
  • Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensures that project results are met;
  • Supervises development and submission of project deliverables and provides timely and accurate reporting and briefings to USG/Stakeholders on all program areas;
  • Oversees implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues;
  • Responsible for managing the project’s relationships with USAID, Government of Egypt counterparts, private sector firms, educational institutions, and local counterparts, NGOs, and other stakeholders;
  • Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and ensures that project results and targets are met;
  • Supports the implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues and addressing local staffing and personnel issues related to security; and
  • Manages project team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development and solicits constructive staff input.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in international development, economics, business, education, or other relevant field;
  • Minimum 12 years of experience implementing programs in economic growth, entrepreneurship and employment, TVET system strengthening, private sector engagement, market systems strengthening, business enabling environment or related fields;
  • At least eight (8) years of demonstrated experience in senior program management;
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in TVET systems, Positive Youth Development (PYD), demand-driven training, soft skills development, human resource management, MSME strengthening, financial inclusion or related fields;
  • Proven experience integrating gender equality, female empowerment, and social inclusion into development projects;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting), and procurement;
  • Experience working with donor projects, USAID preferred;
  • Prior experience implementing economic growth programs in the MENA region, Egypt highly preferred;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, written and spoken.

Position contingent upon donor funding.