Deputy Chief of Party
IRC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a USAID-funded three-year project in Libya to improve entrepreneurship skills and business opportunities for targeted groups, including vulnerable Libyan women and youth. The DCOP will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party (COP) in management of staff, capacity building and stakeholder engagement. Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking, etc., in assigned area of responsibility. Manage implementing partners and oversee operations. This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021.
o Support the COP in providing strategic and technical leadership and direction, defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives; serve as Acting COP in COP’s absence;
o Provide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor.
o Ensure project delivery meets all standard operational policies and procedures;
o Manage consortium partnerships and maintain collaborative partner relations;
o Support reporting to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports;
o Assist COP in maintaining active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;
o Represent the project and the organization in public, as assigned, and support the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned;
o Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility.
o Advanced degree from an accredited university in economics, businesses, international development, or related field; equivalent experience may be substituted for graduate degree;
o At least five years of experience in managerial roles on similar programs in developing countries, including substantial supervisory experience. Experience with projects designed to Experience with projects designed to build enabling environments; develop business incubators; support MSMEs; and offer business development services.
o Significant previous experience managing operations for similar programming in conflict or crisis situations;
o Experience working in the Middle East/North Africa region and/or Libya required.
o Previous experience as DCOP of USAID-funded programs preferred;
o Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;
o Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation;
o Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
o Fluency in English required; proficiency in Arabic strongly preferred.
**Local applicants and women strongly encouraged to apply. This position may be based in Tunis/Libya with regular travels to Libya, to supervise the project team and coordinate activities/operations.