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Chief of Party & Country Manager for Georgia (G-22-33)


  • Organization: CIP - International Potato Center
  • Location: Tbilisi
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-30

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InternationalPotato Center POSITIONANNOUNCEMENT

Ref: G-22-33 CPCM/GRS/GEORGIA Chief of Party &Country Manager TheInternationalPotatoCenter(CIP)isseekinga ChiefofParty&CountryManagertoleadtheCIP- Asia RegionalOffice in Georgia.

About CIP

CIP, a global CGIAR researchcenter, works with partners to improve diets and incomes of poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America through scientific research, innovation, and capacity strengthening. Focusing on potatoand sweetpotatoas the entry point, CIP’s programsseek to strengthenbroader agri-food systems to generate economic, social and nutritional benefits for farmers,enterprisesandconsumers emphasizingthe prioritiesof womenandyouth inparticular. CIP emphasizes the synergies between social and bio-physical sciences as a core strategy for making breakthroughs in our understanding of complex development challenges in food and agricultureandfor our abilitytoovercome these.Withinthis pluralisticstrategy,qualitativesocial science has a central,and increasing place for explaining human and institutional behavior and assessing benefits and risks for human development. CIP’s work is embedded in broader global CGIAR research programs encompassing the world’s main agro-food systems and priority development challenges.

The position: The Chief of Party (COP) will manage operations and administration and oversee technical tasks for the USAID Potato Program in Georgia. The COP will be responsible for collaboratively create and implement a strategic programmatic vision and providing overall technicalleadershipandmanagementfortheproject. Thispositionwillbe basedin Tbilisi, Georgia and will reportdirectlyto theGlobal PotatoProgram.Will alsoserve asCountry ManagerforCIP– Georgiaoffice.

Dutiesand Responsibilities:

Chief of Party

● Provides overall technical leadership, management oversight and strategic directionfor thisproject inclose collaborationwiththeGlobal ProgramDirector.

● As the primary liaison with USAID, leads the design and monitor the project implementationby ensuring that is responsive to communities, partners, NGOs, senior governmentofficials, counterparts,andthe donor community andisaligned withCIP and CGIARprinciples,values, andstrategicplan.

1 ● Lead the technical and financial team to ensure a focus on core results, achievement of annual work plan and targets,and timely and effective implementation of activitiesto achieveproject objectives.

● Facilitate the implementation of agri-business value chain activities in all target beneficiariesandparticipateinthe monitoringof progressmade towardsachieving value chainandprojectset goals.

● Present the activities,results, impacts, and outcomes of the value chain at professional, donor, andotherstakeholders’meetingsmeetinghighqualitystandards.

● Monitorstheprogressandpaceof theactivity’simplementation,assuringthatthe full potentialof the activityisrealizedthroughthe promotionof high-qualitywork and internalcontrol.

● Represent the project via donors, private sector and researchpartnersand build strong andproductive partnershipswiththem.

Fundraising & Management

● HeadCIP’s GeorgiaOfficeand liaising withRegional Directorfor AsiaandHeadquartersto assure financialaccountability,contractualnorms,andcommunicationroles. ● Provide timely and effective oversight of the financial position of the country program including identificationandimplementationof requiredchangestomatchfunding levels. ● Maintaineffectiveandcoordinatedbudgetmonitoring processesfor grantfunds. ● Play the role of institutional representationat country level in CAC region with donors, partners,regionalforaandnetworks,programmaticmeetings/institutions,CGIARregional meetings,tosupport projects.

● In coordinationwith the Risk & Security Unit ensure that the security management plan for thecountryprogramisupdatedandadherencebyallstaff toCIPsecurityprotocolsand procedures.

● Maintain safe & healthy work environment by establishing, following and enforcing standardsand procedures, complyingwithlegalregulations.

● Createaworkatmosphereconducivetoprofessionalgrowthanddevelopmentofexcellent personnel atall levels.

● Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees and ensuring that all staff members are effectively using the performance planning andmanagementsystem.

What arewe lookingfor?

● Master’sdegreein Agronomy,BusinessAgriculture,Agribusinessor relatedarea. Astrong backgroundon potatoand/or cropproductioninGeorgiaisrequired.

● 8 years of professional experience at a senior operating role in a global research organizationorbusiness enterprisesinmultiple countriesor equivalent. ● Strongexpertisein implementingandscaling up interventions.

● Experienceworkingon multi-partnerprogramsandwithNationalresearchinstitutions. ● Strong, demonstrable written and oral communication skills in English and the local language(Georgian)

2 ● Demonstrableexperienceoperatinginmainagriculturalregionsin Georgia,particularlyin those werepotatoesplay a majorrole.

● Demonstrableexperienceoperatinginthe Georgianculture

Why shouldyouconsiderthisopportunity?

● CIP isdedicatedtoachievingfood security,improvednutritionandwell-being,andgender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.CIP’s mission contributesto severalSustainable DevelopmentGoals ● CIP isa memberof the CGIAR,anetworkof 15 researchcentersthataremostly locatedin the developingworldandsupportedby morethan50 donor members.

What arewe offering?

● Excitingcareeropportunityinaninternationalorganization.

● The contract will be for 8 months which is the duration of the project with possibility of renewal.

● Internationallycompetitivesalary,paidinUSdollars, andcommensuratewithexperience. Internationallycompetitivepensionandhealthplans

How toapply?

Please Visit the following link: andsubmit your cover letter anda full C.V. withyour references (preferablerecent supervisors). Screeningof applicationswill begin on May 30 andwill continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; howeveronly short-listedcandidateswill be contacted.

Thisposition will NOTwork orhave contactwithchildrenand/orvulnerableadults

Learn more aboutCIP by accessing our web siteat CIP isan equal opportunity employer.Qualified women and professionalsfrom developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.


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