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Chief of Party, Nepal Early Grade Reading Program

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Project Management
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International Development Group
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The Chief of Party (COP) provides overall technical, strategic, and administrative leadership and expertise for the EGRP program and serves as the primary liaison with USAID/Nepal on management and technical matters. S/he will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the program and report directly to the designated USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
 
Responsible for task order project development from inception to deployment. Plans, organizes, and supervises the overall activities under a task order. Responsible for task order contract management, configuration management, technical work, scheduling, and managing costs associated under the task order. Ensures that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of the task order requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
 
Interfaces with clients, conferring with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving task order requirements. Manages and controls funds and other resources for the task order and associated sub-contracts and grants under contract as required. Prepares status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed. Responsible for project development from inception to deployment.
 
The COP will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. The COP position requires political gravitas, as she or he will interact with numerous GON institutions and senior - level national/federal -level government officials. The COP is expected to establish strong rapport with key government counterparts to advance partnership on key early grade reading reforms. The COP should also maintain collaboration and partnership with donor and other stakeholders working on early grade reading reforms. The Chief of Party will have demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged, environments, to work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.
Education: M.A in education policy, planning, teacher professional development, or related education field required. Demonstrated experience in relevant technical fields such as educational policy, planning, curriculum development and teacher professional development required. Ph.D. or Ed.D. and technical familiarity with early grade reading preferred.
 
Skills and Experience: At least 13 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope or  scale to this program is required (at least 8 of these years must be in a management or leadership position). At least 10 years’ experience in the education sector, preferably in similar development contexts as Nepal, is required. Ample experience in program design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national level quality improvement is required. She or he should be able to respond to changing political contexts and priorities. She or he must also have demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development, professional development, and systems strengthening. Experience and demonstrated capacity to build and sustain partnerships to achieve development results is preferred.
 
Language:The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.
Proficiency in Nepali is preferred, but not required. Candidates may be subject to a language verification test.

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. 


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