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Call for CV's - Chiefs of Party, Operations Managers, and Technical Advisors

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a dynamic, fast-moving company that implements prime projects for USAID and the State Department. We specialize in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. We are committed to top-quality implementation, and, as a result, we were selected as USAID's Small Business of the Year. 

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by catalyzing local initiatives to advance stability, peace, and democracy in response to complex political crises. OTI recently named Kaizen as one of the ten award winners of the Support Which Implements Fast Transition (SWIFT) 5 Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract.

Kaizen is seeking candidates to fill various staffing needs over the seven-year span of the SWIFT 5 Contract. Applicants will be included in Kaizens’s roster of individuals consultants and will be contacted for specific opportunities. Please note that this is not a guarantee of hire, however, those included will be among the first of whom we would reach out to for assignments under this contract.

Positions that we will be recruiting for includes:

Chief of Party: 

  • Have at least 3 years of experience working on OTI programs;
  • Have experience working in close collaboration with OTI’s in-country staff, willing to take programmatic and strategic direction from OTI staff.
  • Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is highly desired, but not required.
  • Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs. 
  • Have strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff.
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking,
  • reporting and accounting); and procurement.
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation.
  • ram communication with all program staff.
  • Have demonstrated past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming ideally.

Operations Manager: 

  • At least three (3) years of experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role, preferably with some demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a donor, Contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program highly desired, but not required.
  • Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment.
  • The candidate should be fluent in USAID’s policies and procedures in regards to human resources, financial management, financial reporting, and procurement processes, systems, and grants management. 
  • It is highly desired, but not required that the candidate have experience with grants or small grants under contract programs, and preferably cash grants to local organizations. 
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is highly desired, but not required.
  • Experience working in countries undergoing transition and/or security challenged environments highly desired, but not required.
  • Fluency or demonstrated working proficiency in at least one other foreign language highly desired, but not required.

Technical Advisors:

  • [Senior] A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience, including at least three (3) years serving as a supervisor.
  • [Mid] A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience.
  • [Junior] A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of recent and relevant project management experience, which may include political analysis, community development, economic development, democracy and governance, international law, human rights activities, reconciliation and transitional justice, or other transition-related programming.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in a developing country, of which six (6) months must include experience working in one or more countries undergoing political instability.
  • For Junior or Mid levels: A minimum of six (6) months of supervisory experience (including but not limited to mentoring, training, and guiding staff).
  • Experience working in countries undergoing transition and/or security challenged environments highly desired, but not required.
  • Fluency or demonstrated working proficiency in at least one other foreign language highly desired, but not required.

 

Here at The Kaizen 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. The Kaizen Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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