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Project Management
International Development Group
190L0 Requisition #

The International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Education Project in Georgia. The 5-year activity seeks to: 1.) expand the innovative learning instruction methods in reading and math into the national curriculum in all 2400 of Georgia’s primary schools for grades 1-6, including schools in marginalized communities; 2.) Strengthen teacher development curricula and teacher induction activities in at least five universities across the country that will result in a highly-qualified cadre of teachers; 3.) Build financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management of the activity and will develop the various interventions that result in the desired outcomes and impact. In addition, the COP will lead his/her team and provide overall supervision on the implementation of the interventions. The Chief of Party will serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Georgia on management and technical matters and will ensure exceptional quality and timeliness of project deliverables within budget and compliance parameters.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Lead the coordination of program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries including the Ministry of Education and other government counterparts, USAID, local organizations and program partners.
  • Ensure internal integration of project activities through: 1) the annual work plan and budgeting process; 2) creating/maintaining an effective project management team; 3) overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Manage technical and administrative personnel, as well as subcontractors in the implementation of a large, complex activity to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Ensure that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID/Georgia on management and strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
  • Serve as the project’s primary interlocutor with the leadership of the MOES;  represent RTI, USAID and the project with key beneficiaries and stakeholders in public and international forums.
  • Provide overarching leadership and direction across all technical and functional areas such as technical strategies, monitoring and evaluation, finance, operations, reporting, communications, and human resources.
  • Manage and control funds and other resources for the project and associated sub-contracts and grants under contract as required.
  • Prepare status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed.
  • Develop and implement practices to ensure a high level of staff morale and retention.
  • Remain in close contact with the home office, providing regular presentations and updates about the project’s progress.

  • Master’s degree in education, business, program/project management, or a related field from an accredited university.
  • Minimum of 14 years of experience in similar education intervention activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments.
  • At least 5 years of experience in development in Eastern Europe/Central Asia or former Soviet countries.
  • Experience managing early grade reading programming is required; experience in teacher professional development and community engagement preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, team-building and communication skills.
  • Prior experience working on USAID-funded projects and strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development and professional development is preferred.
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in Georgian and/or Russian 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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