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Program Manager/Chief of Party

Location: Iraq
Last Date: September 10, 2011
Email:  (Reference:

Since 1963 and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 94 projects in 39 countries and revenues of $141 million.

Program Manager/Chief of Party, Iraq
We are currently seeking a Program Manager for an imminent 18-month, $5 million program in northern Iraq. Possible start date is August 2011. The purpose of this program is to build the capacity of the government and citizens to improve public service delivery by institutionalizing responsive and consultative community-driven development processes in seven Iraqi governorates. This program will emphasize building human resources and institutional capacities and strengthening linkages between local government and communities. The Program Manager/Chief of Party will be based in Erbil City with regular travel to Kirkuk. He/she will play a key role in the programmatic and managerial aspects of the program and will supervise field staff.

• Lead work plan development, including planning for training and monitoring and evaluation.
• Supervise program operations and provide technical assistance to ensure program targets, objectives and goals are achieved.
• Liaise with Iraqi government counterparts.
• Supervise preparation of written reports and performance monitoring data for donor and ACDI/VOCA headquarters.
• Supervise hiring, training and management of local staff.
• Develop SOWs and approve short-term staff and advisors.
• Supervise finance and administration staff, and ensure full compliance with ACDI/VOCA policies and procedures.
• Monitor project budgets in accordance with work plan and financial resources, and approve field financial reports and advance requests.
• Supervise and approve procurements.

• Bachelor’s degree in public administration, urban/regional planning, international development or other relevant field required; master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience strongly preferred.
• Previous work experience in the Middle East, including Iraq, or other post-conflict environment preferred.
• Previous work experience with governanceengthening projects preferred.
• Proven ability to liaise with senior government representatives.
• Fluency in written and spoken English required; Kurdish and/or Arabic speaking abilities desired.
• Strong computer spreadsheet/word processing/database skills, as well as advanced Excel skills, required.
• Ability to live in a complex environment and to work under pressure required.

Please apply online at

No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.


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