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Deputy Chief of Party, USAID/Kosovo Youth Activity

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Description

Summary

Save the Children seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID Kosovo Youth Activity. The anticipated program will enhance the capacity and leadership of youth for greater economic participation and civic engagement. The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) reports directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and ensures technical implementation of high-impact, proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. This individual will assume the responsibilities of the COP in their absence. The DCOP will support the COP in coordinating with USAID, key stakeholders, implementing partners, and government representatives and will lead the coordination for technical and operational aspects of the project. In addition, the DCOP will manage the implementation of key program activities, oversee the work of technical staff, and ensure efficient technical and operational support for the project team.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to the contractual requirement with the donor and government (i.e., that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules, and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled).
  • Design and regularly update detailed annual work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives.
  • Ensure technical alignment of the Activity and provide oversight to the technical components of the Activity.
  • Mentor and supervise direct reports to achieve work plan objectives and contribute to achieving the overall program goals.
  • Maintain good working relationships with officials, government ministries, implementing partners, and the international and local NGO community.
  • Work with program staff, Save the Children Technical Advisors, and consortium partners to identify the technical support needs of the program and ensure this support is provided.
  • Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges, and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities for the COP, including progress and annual reports.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in relevant areas of expertise, international development or related field.
  • 3-7 years’ experience in related field with progressively responsible experience in managing and implementing complex technical projects of similar size and scope in a development context, with a minimum of five years’ experience in the region, ideally in Kosovo. This includes deep understanding of civil society and civic engagement in the democracy and governance sector, adolescent and youth programs, positive youth development programs, youth workforce programs, and/or leadership development.
  • At least three years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a technical team and in project design.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches, regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and enable others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of local language.
  • Familiarity with the political, social and cultural context of Kosovo; prior work experience in country is ideal.

Qualified Kosovar candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

 

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