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Call for Chiefs of Party- Various USAID Workforce Development and Higher Education Programs - Africa, Asia, and Middle East

Project Management
International Development Group
1714H Requisition #
About RTI:

RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 5,000 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.


RTI International’s Governance & Economic Development (GED) Division has supported comprehensive workforce development interventions and research throughout the world for 15 years. RTI builds local capacity to design and implement tools and systems that align education and training systems with employer needs, and create employment opportunities for women, youth, and disadvantaged target groups. Our innovative approaches are based upon proven international best practices in community-based programs, youth engagement, education and training, and economic and social development. RTI’s approach is informed by continuous assessment, evidence, and learning.

Job Description:

RTI International is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for various upcoming USAID-funded workforce development, youth development, and higher education programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East regions. Programs are expected to focus on strengthening workforce developmentat a systemic level, creating employment opporutnities for youth, developing strong partnerships between educational institutes and the private sector, bulding positive youth development practices, ensuring curriculum enables student’s to gain work-ready and technical skills that address current and future maket needs, and improving pedagogy and administration of educational institutes (secondary and tertiary).  


The COP will be responsible for leading all aspects of project performance, providing technical guidance to all tasks under the project, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. He/She will ensure close collaboration and teamwork across project components to make sure they complement each other; and will be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the program. 

  • Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project; work closely with and directly component leads to ensure integration of interventions across the activity and to secure coordination with stakeholders.
  • Oversee strategic planning, implementation and management of the project; provide all management of project office, activities and operations.
  • Serve as key liaison with the donor, the host government, and implementing partners; and ensure the completion of contractual deliverables.
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, educational institutions, sector associations, private sector, and other donors, with a strong focus on partnerships between educational institutions and the private sector.
  • Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements. Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the Local Government and RTI home office.
  • Oversee the development, monitoring, and reporting of project deliverables and targets as referenced in the project work plan, M&E plan, and project SOW in accordance with USAID guidelines.  
  • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
  • Directly supervises and mentors project staff. 

  • Master’s degree in education, business, economics, or related field.
  • At least 12 years of experience in the implementation and management of international donor- (including USAID-) funded youth development, workforce and/or private sector development projects with at least 5 years in a senior-level management position.
  • Extensive technical expertise in youth development or workforce development, as well as private sector development sectors.
  • Prior experience in working with technical vocational education and training institutes, higher education institutions, or skills development service providers, and brokering partnerships with the private sector.
  • Experience developing long-term relationships with key stakeholders including client representatives, private sector firms, educational institutions (secondary or tertiary), and government counterparts.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated track record in engaging both the public and the private sector.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Professional fluency in English is required. Second relevant foreign language a plus.
  • Relevant geographic experience, both working and living preferred.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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