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Deputy 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 Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for day to day operations of the key components of the Project. The DCOP will be based in Amman, Jordan and will be reporting to the COP. In the absence of the COP, the DCOP will assume full responsibility for the project.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees day to day operations of 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
  • Supports leading of the overall technical and financial performance of the project, including program planning, budgeting, and M&E, and ensure that technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to USAID and Palladium's policies and procedures
  • Provides technical input into the design and delivery of the program activities
  • Identifies key national policy coordination and reform needs; as well as vocational and technical skills development needs and priorities
  • Manages subcontractors, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Recruits, hires, and manages national staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities
  • Prepares and ensures timely effective written reporting including quarterly and annual reports, and periodic ad hoc reports, as well as oral presentations
  • Oversees creation and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and the development and implementation of annual work plans
  • Supports implementation of Palladium?s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues. Addresses local staffing and personnel issues related to security
  • Is well aware of project financials, works with and supports the financial officer to ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and being followed
  • Is responsible for maintaining and nurturing Palladium's relationship with USAID; acts as the daily point of contact with USAID; maintains good relationships and is responsive to their priorities and needs
  • Successfully interacts 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 in economic development, education, MBA, or in a closely related field is required.
  • Ten years of experience in two or more of the following areas: employment generation, livelihood development, poverty reduction programs, private sector development, access to finance/credit; and community organization/development, at least five years of which have been spent on management level positions
  • Prior experience on a senior management position on USAID or other donors, preferably for workforce training and/or youth development programs, as well as working with women and other vulnerable groups
  • 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
  • Proven ability to build capacity in counterparts, working with civil society and on inclusive programs
  • Experience supervising or mentoring 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
  • Creativity and flexibility, a team player
  • Capacity to effectively resolve conflict and overcome resistance to change
  • Prior experience in Jordan is necessary; prior experience in the Middle East Region is desirable
  • Fluent in Arabic and English