Full-time Deputy Chief of Party

at American Institutes for Research ()

Deputy Chief of Party, Jordan

AIR is a United States-based non-profit research organization and one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, we conduct our work with strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship. The intellectual diversity of our 1,500 employees enables us to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.

AIR seeks a Deputy Chief of Party to be proposed to USAID as part of its team to implement the USAID funded “Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP).” JCP is a five year activity designed to improve the business climate and increase the competitiveness of Jordanian firms with the goal of increasing economic growth and job creation. In partnership with the Government of Jordan (GOJ) and business leaders in a select number of clusters, the program will develop competitiveness strategies for each targeted cluster/value chain. Key components include (1) improving key aspects of the business enabling environment to ensure support of business development, growth, investment and innovation; (2)ensuring the Jordanian workforce has the skills required to productively participate in and contribute to the competitiveness of the JCP target clusters; (3) increasing the competitiveness of the target clusters as measured by the JCP competitiveness index; and (4) increasing access to finance for Jordanian businesses and entrepreneurs. This position is contingent upon AIR being awarded the program.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will be responsible for day-to-day project management, including management of staff, activities and sub-awards and oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting. The requirements of the Deputy Chief of Party include the following:
• Master’s degree in business or related field and at least 8 years of relevant experience or a BA in business or related field with 10 years of experience. Relevant experience must be in a managing highly complex economic growth – related projects in developing countries.
• Demonstrated capacity to build staff skills and ensure quality control of program deliverables.
• Strong technical expertise in the economic growth, competitiveness and private sector development sectors.
• A demonstrated ability to work collegially and productively with a variety of partners and stakeholders.
• Strong writing and oral presentation skills
• Familiarity with Jordan is preferred.
• Excellent English is mandatory and Arabic desirable.

Candidates meeting these requirements should submit a cover letter and resume by email to JordanRecruit@air.org. Please include “JCP DCOP” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as quickly as received.

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