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Deputy Chief of Party for Engineering and Capacity Development

Position Summary

The DCOP for Engineering and Capacity Development will be responsible for managing and implementing system, policy, and capacity improvements in key school infrastructure areas, such as school design code implementation, construction project management, contract management, site supervision, and facility oversight - supporting personnel at the central ministry and field directorate level, as well as with key non-governmental partners.

This position will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and will supervise three mid-level positions.


Expected responsibilities include:

  • Lead improvements in school construction FIDIC and GOJ contract management.  Will lead efforts to identify process gaps, use data from the GOJ's Construction Management Information System (CMIS), to collaboratively propose and implement process improvements.
  • Lead improvements in construction project management, resulting in greater alignment on contract work schedules and actual completion.  Understanding of FIDIC and GOJ contract timelines, available enforcement tools, as well as using CMIS project management tracking information to promote data-driven project management.
  • Lead improvements in site supervision, particularly related to construction site contract and project management, as well as quality and health and safety. Will use data from the GOJ's Construction Management Information System (CMIS), as well as work in close collaboration with other USAID implementing partners.
  • Lead improvements in school facility maintenance, particularly in areas related to school structural and safety issues.  Will use the MOE's facility assessment data system to support efforts at developing school maintenance planning and repair processes.
  • Lead system and process improvement efforts related to school infrastructure engineering, in partnership with MOE and MPWH, including drafting standard operating procedures, instructional manuals, and other process documents related to the position.
  • Lead and deliver high quality training, identify key learning goals, develop structured teaching materials, and promote peer-to-peer learning with the goal of sustainable, formalized ministry-based capacity building.
  • Lead investigation of international best practices and techniques that my inform system and policy improvements.
  • Report against Performance Management Plan (PMP) indicators;
  • Engage and work with stakeholders at all levels
  • Assist with and manage project close out activities;
  • Serve as Acting COP in the absence of the COP; and
  • Other duties and responsibilities to be expanded upon.



  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an accredited institution in the US; a master’s degree in civil engineering or engineering management is preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years of current multi-million-dollar construction project management experience
  • Extensive working knowledge of FIDIC, GOJ contracting and contract management policies and procedures
  • Professional credentials in project management, Six Sigma, FIDIC, and and other related skill sets preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills to manage non-construction system and policy improvement activities, including process and system improvement consultants.
  • Experience in preparing and delivering training and training materials under tight timelines
  • Experience in capacity building with governments ranging from the municipal to the central ministry level (preferred)
  • Deep technical knowledge of school construction issues (preferred)
  • Relationships or previous experience working with the MOE or MPWH (preferred)
  • Demonstrated work with associations, e.g. engineering or construction associations (preferred)
  • Experience working for USAID or other donor-funded development programs, and understand development concepts
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Must be a Jordanian National or resident

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At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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