Title of Position: Chief of Party (COP)
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Start Date and duration of program: RFP release expected first quarter, FY 2017; Expected start date to be in late summer 2017
Program: The STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity. This is a USAID-funded program.
This project will continue development of the STEM school system across Egypt. This contract involves two components:
The first will develop and sustain high-quality STEM teacher preparation, at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and teaching practices in partnership with the Faculties of Education, Science and Engineering, and MOE’s Professional Academy for Teachers (PAT). The second component is intended to strengthen STEM education and fully institutionalize roles, processes and skills to ensure the sustainability of STEM schools and the MOE capacity to scale them up as needed. It will address the gaps and needs of the STEM education system and the schools, both currently operating and new schools, so that the STEM school endeavor can be taken to national scale, while maintaining its concepts and high quality of education.
The Chief of Party (COP) has overall responsibility for leading and managing the STEM Teacher Education Project’s administrative, programmatic, technical, and operational aspects, in the field.
The COP will:
- Oversee project administrative, programmatic, and operational implementation in Egypt.
- Provide leadership and direction for the activity
- Supervise overall project implementation and ensure compliance with AMIDEAST, USAID, and host country requirements.
- Shares expertise in STEM education reform programs at basic and higher education levels
- Works closely with senior staff and leads them in design, development, and implementation of project activities;
- Oversee the compliance of project’s fiscal and operational procedures
- Supervises the finance and compliance and makes sure that necessary USAID and host country regulatory compliance directives are implemented and proper policies and procedures are enforced.
- Selects, hires, and supervises staff and subcontractors; assigns roles & responsibilities; manages performance
- Collaborates with partners and ensure that this strong team is cohesive and efficient
- Interfaces with the stakeholder Ministry officials, university administration teams and other government leaders, and USAID
- Foster an atmosphere of teamwork, productivity, creativity, fairness, equity, and innovation
- Facilitate external interactions with project participants and partners.
- Determines resource needs and oversees resource use for the project
- Conveys organizational philosophy and values and represents AMIDEAST and the project
- Advanced Degree required: Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Public Policy, Education, International Development or a relevant field from an internationally recognized university;
- Minimum of fifteen years of professional experience in the successful implementation of international development programs (required), including substantial experience in leading complex educational reform projects at university and pre-university level, preferably STEM Education programs (required);
- Must have proven leadership (minimum of 5 years) in the administration of projects with budgets greater than $10 million in international donor technical assistance projects;
- Minimum of 2 years of work experience in the Middle East/North Africa required;
- Multiple country work experience is required;
- Fluency in English required.
- Proficiency in Arabic highly desired