Position Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.?
Creative Associates?seeks a Deputy?Chief of Party?for?the?upcoming five-year, multi-million-dollar?USAID-funded Accessible and Quality Basic Education Activity?(AQBE)?in Afghanistan.?In alignment with Afghanistan’s education sector reform efforts, AQBE will support a system strengthening approach to improve access to education, quality of reading and math instruction and learning, and improved learner and teacher well-being. The project’s goal is to ensure improved equitable access to and measurable outcomes in reading and math for all students in grades 1-3 building on the achievements of past USAID investments in Afghanistan.
The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) works in tandem with the Chief of Party (COP) and?is responsible for providing technical support across the project goals in relation to?improved?access and?basic education?learning outcomes for students. The DCOP provides technical leadership in the implementation of project activities, provides quality control for the program’s technical outputs, and supports the COP in representing the program in high-level national working groups, in donor and Ministry meetings (at the national and provincial levels), and in other fora where the program’s goals, aims, and investments must be explained. The DCOP contributes to the timely submission of all required deliverables and reports and dedicates his/her efforts to ensuring that the award is implemented according to the technical stipulations in the scope of work and in conformity with the agreed-upon, finalized work plan.
Reporting & Supervision:
The DCOP will report directly to the COP and be considered Acting COP in his/her absence. The DCOP will supervise several education advisors in Kabul, while leading technical delivery of the project across provinces.
- Oversee?all?aspects of?technical?implementation through?leadership?and management?of project; support materials development activities, continuous professional development of teachers, and the development of technology tools and approaches;
- Lead?the project’s?programmatic experts,?comprised?of?technical advisors?– by managing,?guiding, mentoring?and building?the?capacity of staff;?
- Ensure complementarity of activity approaches across Intermediate Results;
- Liaise with?Ministry of Education (MOE)?and?Provincial Education Directorate?(PED)?representatives and technicians on technical matters,?and bear ultimate responsibility for activity-supported technical interventions;
- Work?in collaboration?with the MEL Director and team to ensure programmatic monitoring and evaluation is carried out in accordance with award specifications;??
- Support?the COP in programmatic?representation, strategic development and quality control duties; and liaise with USAID?and government stakeholders;
- Support the COP in the?preparation?of?annual?work plans?and?ensure?technical?quality and?cooperation with?project staff, USAID, and?MoE;
- Develop and deliver reports and written documentation related to technical activities to be reported to USAID, including weekly, quarterly and annual reports;
- Develop short-term technical assistance plans and monitor consultant work?in the field; and
- In absence of the COP, DCOP?serves as acting COP of the project.?**Qualifications**
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in education or related pedagogically oriented?field.
- At least?ten?years of experience working in developing countries and specifically to improve education?and teacher training?programming directed to rural, ethno-linguistic underserved?populations.
- Experience?in developing and implementing education materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols and tests, and familiarity with?a variety of assessments – both formal and informal.??
- Prior experience with supporting family/community engagement of education?outcomes.?
- Demonstrated experience working with?Ministries of Education and?other stakeholders at the national and?provincial?levels.?
- Demonstrated?exemplary diplomatic,?management,?communication and interpersonal skills?to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members, as well as relations?with?the client, subrecipients,?MOE, donors and?the?international community.?
- Previous experience in USAID-funded programs, and a strong knowledge of USAID reporting requirements.??
- Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork. Effective communication skills, able to make formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing and produce professional and analytical reports and program documents.?
- Fluency in English.???
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Experience and demonstrated capacity to implement programs in education in conflict-affected, alternative and rural settings.
Only finalists will be, please contacted.? No phone calls.??
Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.?