Chief of Team (COT)

Closing date

Nationality: American National (AN) or Third Country National (TCN)
Base of Operations: Dubai, UAE

Tetra Tech International Development Services headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified Chief of Team (COT) candidates for the INL-funded 5-year Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP).

JSSP’s primary objective is to support the development of an Afghan professional cadre that is capable of sustaining, equipping, managing, and enabling its own criminal justice organizations. JSSP provides training and capacity building for Afghan officials in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Supreme Court (SCt), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and other justice sector organizations.

The Chief of Team (COT) shall be the primary point of coordination for the Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) contract implementation. The COT shall interface directly with INL/Kabul and the COR to ensure effective contract implementation and management. The COT shall coordinate with the Deputy Chiefs of Team (DCOTs) to establish and implement technical and operational activities on the contract. This will be a long-term position based in Dubai, UAE.

The COT shall:

  • Have overall responsibility for field management, including field team mobilization and leadership, development and implementation of work plans, operating budgets, performance monitoring plans, and contract compliance

  • In coordination with the Program Director, provide direction on all program matters with a full understanding of JSSP activities

  • Ensure that project activities and work products are of excellent quality, completed on-time and in compliance with client regulations

  • Maintain frequent communication with the U.S. Embassy, INL/Kabul and INL/AP, the international community, and the Government of Afghanistan (GOA) counterparts

  • Maintain constant communication with the Tetra Tech Home Office and ensure project compliance with Tetra Tech policies

  • Directly manage and evaluate the performance of the DCOTs and their oversight of the AN/TCN Advisors and program components

  • Work with INL to identify staffing challenges, develop plans to correct problems, and to initiate changes in consultation with the Embassy and/or INL

  • Assist in identifying and screening short-term and long-term candidates for the JSSP

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in senior management roles that included strategic planning, program management, resource management and budgeting

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in rule of law-focused development

  • A minimum of four years of experience in personnel management

  • A minimum of two years of experience in managing complex, international programs of comparable scope to JSSP

  • The candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of formal justice systems, with a particular emphasis on the coordination and interaction between justice institutions/departments

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Juris doctor degree or Master’s degree is preferred

  • The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment. In addition, he or she must be flexible, willing to perform additional duties and work irregular hours.

  • The COT must be able to cite past professional or personal experience that demonstrates an ability to work creatively and effectively in stressful situations while maintaining a positive attitude

  • The COT must have experience developing positive, professional relationships with clients, colleagues, or business partners.

  • Interpersonal and leadership skills are tremendously important as they ensure that the COT can work as an effective leader of the team, forge successful partnerships with Afghan government officials, and set a positive, motivating and constructive tone for JSSP staff. Superior interpersonal skills shall be understood to include the ability to interact and lead in a constructive, cooperative, and harmonious manner; to work effectively as a team player; to establish positive relationships and gain the confidence of others

  • The COT must demonstrate the highest caliber communication skills, including oral briefing abilities, and the ability to draft clear, precise written statements. Oral briefing and writing skills are critical in ensuring that the COT is capable of communicating relevant events and necessary action items

About the Organization

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees - 20,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in over 450 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability.

How to apply

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV in reverse chronological format
  • Reference List: Three professional references
  • Employee Biographical Data Sheet

Please apply through Tetra Tech's International Development Careers site:

Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.