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Chief of Party & Deputy CoP for Afghanistan Ag program

Again, we are seeking qualified applicants, on behalf of Roots of Peace, for COP and DCOP positions in Afghanistan. Applicants should be expatriate Americans for these two positions. Please scroll down for Deputy Chief of Party position and note that you should send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As this is a pre-proposal recruitment, the position is contingent on Roots of Peace success in obtaining funding for this project.

 

POSITION #1

Title of Position: Chief of Party (COP)    

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Start Date:   Late summer or early fall 2012 (to be decided – this is a proposal yet to be funded.)

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for all implementation decisions in the field. In close consultation and collaboration with the Directors of Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)’s Research and Extension Departments or their designated national counterpart assigned to him/her, the COP, based in Kabul, shall be responsible for coordinating and preparing both national and provincial annual work plans, quality control and timeliness of all deliverables, including reports, and review of all financial and results reporting information both at regional and national levels on a regular basis.

He/she will serve as primary point of contact for the Contractor to the USAID Contracting Officer (CO) and Contracting Officer Representative (COR), and will be the principal liaison with USAID staff, institutions, and client country partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships. The COP is responsible for all reporting to USAID. He/she will play a lead role interacting with senior GIRoA counterparts, donors, and other key agriculture and water management stakeholders. He/she will make verbal or written presentations as requested by the COR to varied audiences.

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:

  • At least 7-10 years of progressively responsible international development experience in managing and implementing large agriculture research, development and capacity building- oriented programs in developing countries.
  • Supervisory Experience: At least 7-10 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience, including: 1. Direct supervision of professional and support staff;   2. Experience in building and effectively supervising teams composed of multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional workforce; 3. Quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables; 4. Contract management; 5. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable for quality outputs and results.
  • At least 5 years of successful experience as Project Director or Chief of Party of large donor- funded technical assistance programs and projects of comparable depth, breadth, and complexity; particularly in transitional, Islamic, post-conflict countries.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural development and host country capacity building program management.
  • Prior experience in designing and implementing agriculture and host country capacity building programs in Afghanistan, the region, or a conflict or post conflict country is highly desirable.
  • Experience working directly with host country Ministries, financial systems, and direct assistance implementation mechanisms is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated team building, decision-making, problem solving, management, negotiation, and leadership skills are required.
  • Excellent oral presentation and concise writing skills.
  • Language competency: Fluent in English (speaking, reading, writing, and understanding) is required; fluency in Pashto or Dari is desirable.
  • Education: MSc degree or higher in an agriculture-related, international development, governance, or a related field.
  • U.S Citizenship or long term residency is required.
  • Ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host-government counterparts on policy and other strategic planning and program implementation issues.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and strong record of accomplishment in meeting deliverables and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other contractors and teams implementing USG- and other donor-funded development programs, including programs that focus on nonagricultural but complementary success such as infrastructure and democracy/governance that are critical to the success of agricultural development programs.
  • Capacity to effectively deal with and resolve conflict.
  • Demonstrated ethical management approach and Demonstrated team building and management skills.

 

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POSITION # 2

Title of Position: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)  

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Start Date:   Late summer or early fall 2012 (to be decided – this is a proposal yet to be funded.)

 

The resident Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will be based in the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in Kabul, and will also serve as a senior technical program coordinator and director of finance and administration. The DCOP will play a lead role in the design and implementation of program management tasks related to agriculture, technical program implementation, as well as institutional coordination. He/she will provide technical leadership for and supervision of consultants and field staff. He/she will interact with senior government officials, donors, and other key stakeholders in agricultural production, irrigation, and water resources management.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:

 

  • At least 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in leading and providing technical, financial, administrative and accounting management oversight for large donor-funded agricultural development, applied research and extension programs, particularly in transitional, Islamic, and/or post-conflict countries.
  • Supervisory Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible supervisory experience, including: 1. direct supervision of a diverse team of professional and support staff. 2. Demonstrated experience collaborating with and supervising host country nationals. 3. Demonstrated experience, collaborating and coordinating with and working in concert with host country counterparts. 4. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to motivate staff to be accountable for program outcomes.
  • Experience with applied agricultural research, field extension and capacity building of host country organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with host-government and private sector partners in planning and evaluating agriculture and agricultural extension programs.
  • Experience managing or directing training and capacity building activities.
  • Experience designing and/or implementing research or human resources development activities a plus.
  • Demonstrated expertise in agricultural production, dry land and/or irrigated agriculture, water resources management in agriculture, or agronomy.
  • Prior experience as a Team Leader for development programs/projects with similar complexity in Afghanistan or other conflict or post conflict countries.
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders, from high-level government officials to small farmers.
  • Track record of successful finance experience on projects with similar complexity as AGRED in Central Asian Republics, South Asia, or Afghanistan.
  • Familiar with USAID project accounting requirements.

 

 

  • Fluent in English -speaking, reading, and writing- required. Ability to communicate comfortably in Dari and Pashto is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host-government counterparts on policy and other strategic planning issues.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and strong record of accomplishment in meeting deliverables and deadlines.
  • Prior experience in Afghanistan or South Asia is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ethical management approach.
  • Education: Master’s degree or higher in agriculture, international development, governance, business administration, or related field.
  • An expatriate American is strongly preferred for this position. Therefore, U.S Citizenship or long term residency is required.

 

 

How to Apply: Please send all resumes and cover letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the title of your preferred position in the subject line. Finalist will be expected to provide references.

 

Deadline for Applications: Accepting candidates through May 1, 2012

 

Thank you for reviewing this announcement, and hope that if this is not in your area of expertise, you will forward to colleagues who may benefit from the announcement,  

 

Linda Aines (recruiting on behalf of Roots of Peace)

Aines International Recruitment Service

St Petersburg, Florida, USA 

Tel: +802-558-8209

http://www.internationalink.net