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IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to empower the world's most vulnerable communities to achieve self-sufficiency through innovative solutions, applied knowledge and targeted expertise. IRD is implementing programs in countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East.
The Chief of Party will be responsible for the management and leadership of a unique project team of international and national staff to implement assistance programming in challenging environments. S/He will serve as the main point of contact between IRD and the client.
Essential Job Functions:
Responsible for the management and oversight of the program, including activities, representation; and staff.
Provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure program implementation meets the standards and objectives, while ensuring operational and program integrity.
Manage and lead staff, consultants, and contractors to ensure efficient and project implementation.
Ensure timeliness, cost, and quality of activities performed under the project.
Ensure activity and M&E&L systems are planned and implemented throughout the project lifecycle.
Represent the project to the client and key stakeholders.
Liaise with local authorities, community representatives, the client and other stakeholders to understand needs, atmospherics, and the political/social/economic contexts.
Manage operational requirements to ensure smooth project implementation, including HR and recruitment; IT; and financial controls.
Provide policy guidance, training, and mentoring to staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in related field.
A minimum of five (5) years of COP experience supervising complex and diverse field operations in dynamic environments.
Proven experience in project management, procurement/grants' administration and management procedures in the Middle East region.
Demonstrated experience managing multiple programming types in remote and hard-to-access environs.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing operational systems and overseeing program start-up through close-out.
Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial tracking, reporting, and accounting; and procurement.
Ability to represent the organization before senior government officials (host, US and third-country), international organizations, and other national and international stakeholders.
Understanding of the political, social and economic complexities in the region.
Fluency in English required.
Proficiency in Arabic is desired.
IRD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach America and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
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