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Call for CVs: Chief of Party, Director of Finance, Director of Operations & M&E expert - Syria

 

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. 

THE PROJECT

USAID recently named Kaizen as one of the eight award winners of the Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities in Conflict in Syria (BRICC) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract. BRICC is a USAID IDIQ based in Amman, Jordan, that aims to work across numerous sectors in Syria to strengthen Syrian communities and foster stability. The project aims to restore essential services, strengthen inclusive, participatory, and accountable governance; restore livelihoods and revive economies; and expand access to education and vocational training.

Kaizen is seeking candidates to fill the roles below over the five-year span of the BRICC Contract. Applicants will be included in Kaizen’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.

ROLES

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 should it be awarded to Kaizen. Kaizen is seeking candidates on a rolling basis for the below key management roles:

Chief of Party: Serves as designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID and providing leadership for field management of the Task Order. Responsible for financial and program management, oversight, reporting progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings of the program. Under the guidance and overall technical direction of USAID, the COP provides oversight of activities, including supervision of the program field staff, ensuring appropriate activity design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.

Minimum Requirements:

  • University degree in political science, international development, international relations or related field;
  • 10 + of progressively relevant work experience; 
  • Prior experience as a Chief of Party is a plus;
  • Experience working in a developing country with a diverse staff and supervisory experience;
  • Experience in stabilization or post-conflict environments, particularly with program and project management in these environments; 
  • Experience in program(s) requiring a highly functional grasp of a U.S.  foreign affairs or an international assistance organization's procedures and practices;
  • Strong contract/grants management (rapid cycle, small, in-kind) experience strongly desired;
  • Preferred requirements: Arabic language skills, experience working in Syria

 

Director of Finance: Provides finance management for the program itself in collaboration with the home office. The Director will lead the activity’s technical approach surrounding the objectives, develops the accountability plan, manages and executes budgets, ensures provision of basic services, and mobilizes financial and human resources in support of locally-determined development priorities.

Minimum Requirements:

  • University degree in finance, economics or related field;
  • 5+ years in increasingly responsible roles related to the implementation of donor funded projects, particularly USAID 
  • At least 3 years working in a developing country with a diverse staff and 3 years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience in stabilization or post-conflict environments, particularly with program and project management in these environments; 
  • Solid budget management experience strongly desired;
  • Preferred requirements: Arabic language skills, experience working in Syria

 

Director of Operations: Supports the COP in managing day-to-day field operations, including the project's facilities (such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting (which may include cash flow management, timesheet recording and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures). Ensures that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW, which may include: monitoring grantee worthiness; assuring fair and transparent procurement processes; reviewing financial management; and monitoring activity implementation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • University degree in development administration, economics or related field;
  • 5+ years in increasingly responsible roles related to the implementation of donor funded projects, particularly USAID 
  • At least 3 years working in a developing country with a diverse staff and 3 years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience in stabilization or post-conflict environments, particularly with program and project management in these environments; 
  • Solid operations management experience strongly desired;
  • Preferred requirements: Arabic language skills, experience working in Syria

 

Monitoring & Evaluation Expert: The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert ensures that the project complies with all requirements for performance monitoring and evaluation and serves as the project’s technical expert in all questions pertaining to evaluation, monitoring and program review.

The expert must apply structured qualitative approaches such as outcome mapping, data management and must rely on context monitoring to understand the influences, conditions and external factors that increase resilience in complex and high-risk environments.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the monitoring and evaluation system, including standard indicators for data collection, analyses, and assessments throughout the life of the project
  • An initial Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Plan that includes:
    • Integrated Data Management Approach
    • Performance Indicators
    • Activity Monitoring and Verification Plan
    • Integration of GIS Mapping
  • Support the design, quality development, and production of all reports, assessments, surveys, and studies
  • Provide technical assistance on the utilization of data and evidence to build project staffs capacity
  • Contribute to the design of methodologies and data collection methods and protocols for performance and impact evaluations
  • Support the maintenance of Performance Management Plans and the development and maintenance of M&E Plans
  • Ensure compliance with program standards expected and required by USAID
  • Provide guidance and support to projects to develop annual work plans and project monitoring plans
  • Other responsibilities include assisting the Chief of Party with outreach and engagement with the key stakeholders, as required

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in education, statistics, international development or related field required
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience with quantitative and qualitative statistical processing and designing, monitoring and evaluating donor funded projects, particularly USAID
  • Solid experience in Monitoring & Evaluation in post-conflict environments with a diverse staff and supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of impact evaluations, qualitative research, evaluation designs and experience collaborating with a range of stakeholders providing technical and managerial oversight and direction on monitoring, evaluation in international development
  • Preferred requirements: Arabic language skills, experience working in Syria or in the region

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In your submitted application please specify the following in your cover letter (1) previous related experience, (2) Interest in long or short-term assignments (3) field-specific work experience

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