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Chief of Party, Jordan Water Governance Activity

Project Management
International Development Group
2008Y Requisition #

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Around the globe, RTI brings together private- and public-sector stakeholders to manage natural resources and promote sustainable livelihoods while conserving unique biodiversity. By enhancing institutions, policy, and technical capacity, we improve WASH service delivery and strengthen forest and renewable energy systems and sector management. Combining scientific rigor and technical proficiency, we deliver innovative methods, reliable data, thorough analysis, and novel technologies for sustainable programs that help inform public policy and ground practice in evidence.

RTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated USAID funded, Jordan Water Governance Activity. The purpose of the activity is to increase accountable, sustainable, water sector management and governance by supporting and strengthening the Government of Jordan’s reform, policy development and implementation, and capacity-building efforts. This position will be based in Amman, Jordan.


  • Responsible for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational and logistical management
  • Provides overall project vision and leadership; manage overall project design and delivery
  • Fosters and maintains effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, local organizations, donors and other stakeholders for successful implementation
  • Oversees preparation and delivery of high-quality deliverables to USAID, including quarterly, annual, and other reports required by the contract. This includes providing project data and information, reviewing documents for accuracy, and writing relevant sections as agreed with the home office
  • Ensures synergies across technical components of the project; establish good team planning, coordination, deployment of resources, and intra-team communication efforts in support of the project objectives

  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience (water sector reform, water demand management, water/energy conservation and efficiency)
  • Master’s degree in a related field;
  • Prior experience with USAID projects, procedures, policies, regulations and reporting requirements; past Chief of Party experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in English is required; Arabic desirable
  • Experience working in Middle East region;

Ethics Notice: No one at RTI may ever demand payment for anything of value in exchange for anything related to the hiring process (including, for example, for applying for, interviewing for, or receiving any offer of employment).  If any such request is made, please report this request confidentially to RTI’s Ethics office at HRethics@rti.org.  Any payment made will disqualify any applicant from future employment at RTI.  Please only use the HRethics@rti.org email address to report ethics concerns; any job applications sent to this email address will not be processed.

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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