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FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded workforce development project. This new award will support the upskilling and retraining of Ukraine’s labor force to adapt to the demographic and workforce shocks caused by war. The award will help adapt employers and employees to structural changes in the labor market. The budget is expected to be $50-100 million.

Job Summary:

The COP will provide leadership and oversight for a consortium of national and international partners with a focus on managing project timelines, budgets and deliverables, ensuring compliance with funder and national regulations, and fostering a safe and equitable working environment. The COP will serve as the project’s principal contact point for USAID and will be the project’s main in-country contact for Government of Ukraine counterparts, donors, local partners, media, private sector partners, civil society and other key stakeholders. He or she will be... expected to identify challenges and risks and work with other key personnel to adapt programming in a complex operating environment.

The COP will be responsible for developing and maintaining the overall technical vision, strategy, and direction of the project. The COP will assume responsibility for design, delivery, and progress against the approved work plan and budget, reporting against performance monitoring plan, and overall compliance with all applicable USAID and FHI 360 rules and regulations. The COP will work with the senior management team and subcontractors to ensure overall planning, implementing, and managing of the project and establishing the administrative framework to monitor and assure progress toward achieving project goals and objectives. The COP will regularly interface with USAID on management and decision-making while ensuring that activities are meeting USAID and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines; assisting with analysis and communications regarding resource management; and ensuring coordination with Mission and other donor initiatives. S/he will serve as the leadership and public face of project initiatives in public communication, outreach, and networking. S/he will be expected to identify issues and risks related to the activity implementation in a timely manner, and to suggest appropriate activity adjustments.

The position will be based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360 and subsequent approval of the candidate by USAID.

This duty station has been designated as high risk or extreme risk and poses a heightened risk or direct threat to personal safety. Applicants should research this location and the associated risks before submitting an application.

Job Description:
• Provide overall technical leadership management and general technical direction for the design and implementation of project activities.
• Responsible for design, delivery, and progress against approved work plan and reporting against performance monitoring plan.
• Responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all technical and financial deliverables and reports, in accordance with USAID guidelines.
• Ensure an integrated project vision among staff and subcontractors.
• Serve as principal liaison with USAID/Ukraine, international and local subcontractors, government counterparts, donors, local partners, and community stakeholders, and build effective relationships with all key stakeholders.
• Lead and support the project’s technical specialists in the development of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, other USAID-funded projects, civil society actors, and the private sector.
• Oversee financial and administrative management of the program, ensuring compliance with USAID and FHI 360 rules and regulations.
• Supervise the development and submission of program deliverables and provide accurate and timely reporting to USG and key stakeholders on all program areas
• Oversee the establishment of effective project systems for reporting, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, personnel management, security, logistics and procurement ensuring that program results are met.
• Ensure that operational functions are compliant, efficient and meet project needs.
• Manage long-term staff and short-term advisors in a respectful and transparent manner, ensuring achievement of project results.
• Promote sustainability of project activities through linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

Required Qualifications :
• Master’s degree in international development, economics, gender, or a related field from an accredited university.
• Minimum of 15 years of experience of relevant management, supervisory and technical experience working on projects that are of a similar scope, scale and complexity.
• Minimum of 8 years in strategic leadership of line management positions.
• Experience managing USAID projects (preferably as a Chief of Party) and strong knowledge of USAID programming rules and regulations, grants programs, and monitoring and evaluation policies and procedures.
• Experience working with and/or: workforce/skills development, TVET, economic empowerment, micro-small- medium enterprise (MSME) development, youth, gender, livelihoods. Experience implementing skills development programming strongly preferred.
• Experience living and working in similar contexts required. Experience working in Ukraine preferred.
• Knowledge and understanding of barriers and opportunities for employment and workforce development related issues in Ukraine.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and support diverse teams and leading consortia;
• Prior experience working in conflict settings preferred;
• Strong knowledge of, and commitment to, gender and social inclusion and equity.
• Demonstrated leadership, organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills.
• Proven ability to develop relationships and coordinate with government officials, private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations.
• Demonstrated knowledge of United States Government rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project compliance and reporting.
• Verbal fluency and written fluency in English required; working knowledge of Ukrainian is strongly preferred.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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