CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated $25-$50 million USAID-funded Growing Agriculture and Incomes in Syria (GROW) activity. The goal of this project is to improve agriculture markets in non-regime held regions of Syria.
The solicitation is expected to be released in May 2022. This position is subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances are available.
The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is responsible for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects.
- Based in Amman, Jordan, the COP will lead the project, providing vision, direction, and technical guidance and supervising staff and consultants to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures – ensuring consistency with project needs, applicable USAID policies and regulations, and relevant national policies and laws.
- Build partnerships among international-, national- and community-level stakeholders
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles. Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned, and utilize a collaborative and adaptive learning approach to the project cycle.
- Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community partners and other stakeholders.
- Keep up to date with developments of external programming of other agencies including best practices in-country and internationally and ensure CARE staff are applying these consistently.
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee M&E function, including preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in International Development, Agronomy, Economics, Business, Engineering, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Additional years of experience may be substituted for a master’s degree.
- Experience working in volatile and challenging operating environments with significant security constraints.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience managing agriculture, livelihoods, food security and/or inclusive market systems programs.
- Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on USAID-funded programs is required, including policies, regulations, and procedures.
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, and M&E of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated inter-cultural, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.
- Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming. Demonstrated commitment to PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Harassment, and Abuse).
- Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
- English fluency required. Arabic proficiency preferred.
- Ability to travel within the region as required and as security conditions allow.
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