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Chief of Party - Jordan Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium seeks a Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Jordan Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities through Partnerships (CEEO). The goal of CEEO is to create a competitive, demand-driven workforce development system that leads to increased private sector employment, especially for women, youth and vulnerable groups. The focus will be on establishing partnerships with the private sector, working with various educational institutions, and alignment with the Jordan Compact workforce priorities. Two key areas of the project will be:
  • Promoting economic opportunities with high strong employment generation potential
  • Promoting business partnerships related to investment and job creation
The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall technical and administrative management and implementation of the project and will be the senior in-country project representative with overall responsibility for supervising project staff, and managing relations with partners and sub-contractors, both international and local, and achieving the set results. The COP will take a leadership role to coordinate program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries.

The COP will be based in Amman, Jordan and will be reporting to USAID and Palladium's home office Project Director.

Responsibilities

  • Has ultimate responsibility for project successful implementation: oversees and ensures timely project implementation, monitors activities, and manages and mentors project staff and subsidiaries
  • Oversees capacity building programs for technical strategy development and implementation, annual work planning and program implementation, and ensures a robust and adaptive knowledge management and M&E system
  • Confers with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and ensures both efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
  • Oversees a large, complex program to create a competitive, demand-driven workforce development system that leads to increased private sector employment, especially for women, youth and vulnerable groups
  • Leads the overall technical and financial performance of the contract, including program planning, budgeting, and M&E
  • Supervises program progress and coordinates program activities across Jordan
  • Ensures that technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to USAID and Palladium's policies and procedures
  • Ensures the appropriate implementation of accounting, personnel, IT, and operating procedures are consistent with Palladium policies as well as tailored to meet local needs
  • Recruits, hires, and manages national staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities
  • Manages in-country staff to ensure that the project is achieving all deliverables
  • Works in partnership with a Home Office Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the PD is aware of both progress and potential issues, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Manages subcontractors, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Is responsible for maintaining and nurturing Palladium's relationship with USAID
  • Supports implementation of Palladium's security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues. Addresses local staffing and personnel issues related to security
  • Prepares and ensures timely reporting including quarterly and annual reports
  • Oversees creation and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and the development and implementation of work plans
  • Is responsible for successfully managing the project's relationship with local governments/ministries, private sector, NGOs, and other stakeholders
  • Represents the project in local, national, and international meetings and events as appropriate

Requirements

  • Advanced degree or higher in international development, education, organizational development, project management, or in a closely related field is required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in workforce development, at least five years of which have been spent in COP or Team Lead level positions, or their equivalents
  • At least 7 years of senior leadership experience on a USAID program of similar size and complexity addressing workforce training and/or youth development, as well as working with women and other vulnerable groups
  • Experience in capacity building, civil society and inclusive programming
  • Experience establishing and strengthening productive and collaborative relationships with government counterparts, local organizations, private sector, and other donor organizations
  • Experience working for large donor organizations such as USAID and knowledge of USAID contract management, policies, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements
  • Experience supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
  • Strong leadership, program, organizational management and oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English is required; Arabic language skills are highly desirable
  • Prior work in Jordan and/or the MENA region is highly desirable