Chief of Party, Youth Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship- Central Asia
Job Details
Full Time

FLSA Classification:  Exempt


American Councils for International Education seeks a qualified Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five year USAID-funded Youth Work  Readiness and  Entrepreneurship Activity. The Youth Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Activity seeks to equip youth  with  necessary  work-readiness,  as well  as  soft  and  entrepreneurial skills, through improved quality and relevance  of  curriculum  and engaging teaching practices  in school-based and afterschool  programs  in  a  strengthened enabling environment. The designated Chief of Party will be the primary liaison with USAID and provide overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the entire activity, ensuring an integrated vision and strategy among different components and actors. The COP will ensure the Activity meets stated objectives and reporting requirements in a timely manner. 

The position is contingent upon successful award of the project.



  • Provide overall leadership, management, and technical direction for the project;
  • Ensure an integrated vision and strategy among different components and actors;
  • Work jointly with USAID and American Councils’ DC-based staff to develop and implement project strategies;
  • Oversee administration of the project and fiscal management to ensure all activities and expenditures comply with both American Councils and USAID policies;
  • Manage a team of local and international staff; lead the preparation of strategic plans, work plans and budgets, and staffing plans;
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of project activities and reporting, including collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) practices to continually improve project delivery;
  • Manage all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; security; risk mitigation; and oversee hiring practices and performance review of staff in line with project requirements;
  • Provide DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitor all outgoing and incoming funds;
  • Prepare contracts and maintain files for host-country national staff, train and oversee staff, conduct performance reviews, and monitor proper submission of timesheets;
  • Represent American Councils and project in individual consultations, public appearances, program orientations, funder meetings, and meetings with potential and existing partners; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Master’s degree in Education, Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration, International Development, or a related field;
  • At least eight years of relevant experience including at least 5 years as a COP or senior manager of projects of similar scope and complexity, preferably with USAID as funder.
  • Experience working preferably in Central Asia or a similar setting;
  • Demonstrated experience and/or understanding of positive youth development (PYD) principles, the youth employment, vocational education, entrepreneurship systems;
  • A proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members and sub- recipients;
  • Professional fluency in English in both written and oral communication required. Russian or Uzbek proficiency preferred.
  • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills and experience.
  • Confident networking ability; demonstrated track record of creating and maintaining productive working relationships across government, private sector, and academia.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.


PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION -The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information