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Chief of Party, Albania Local Governance

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Tirana
Last Date: September 20, 2011
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Chief of Party, Albania Local Governance, Tirana

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project Summary:
Management Systems International is applying for the Albania Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP), which will be funded by USAID. The purpose of PLGP is to provide training and technical assistance to the Government of Albania (GOA) and local governments to help implement decentralization legislation and reforms; improve transparency and accountability; strengthen municipal services; and improve cooperation and regional planning between the GOA and local governments.

Position Summary:
The Chief of Party (COP) will be MSI’s primary representative in Albania to USAID, the GOA, local officials, and citizens. He/She will be responsible for overall project strategy, implementation, and results, guiding staff and consultants toward project objectives. The COP will lead the process of selecting participating municipalities in consultation with USAID and be the project’s advisor to the GOA and municipalities regarding municipal taxes and revenues. He/She will oversee and make sure that training and technical assistance activities are directly relevant to the needs and priorities of local officials, and encourage policies and procedures that accomplish transparency and citizen participation. It will be particularly important for the COP to encourage collaboration among municipal governments to build municipal coalitions to interact with and influence national GOA officials and Parliament regarding local governance matters. The COP will help identify opportunities for public/private partnerships; oversee the project’s Performance Monitoring Plan and other reporting requirements to MSI and USAID. The COP candidate must be willing to make a five-year commitment for the project and will be based in Tirana, Albania.

• Hire, supervise, train, and mentor PLGP staff in urban planning and regional planning and cooperation; citizen participation; capacity building and training in planning and municipal finance and services; and public/private partnerships;
• Consult regularly with USAID, GOA government officials; ministry officials and members of Parliament;
• Build regional coalitions of municipal government officials to plan regional infrastructure in support of more cost-effective municipal services and economic growth;
• Advise and assist municipal governments regarding laws, procedures, and practices regarding municipal revenues;
• Monitor the progress of the project’s elements and make adjustments as necessary in the interest of relevance and quality of the work;
• Oversee the implementation of data collection, studies, and analyses regarding municipal services and revenues;
• Oversee and assure that data collection and reports are accurate and timely, and that the date and reports are used to adjust and improve the quality of the project;
• Support municipal coalitions in their preparations and advocacy regarding decentralization laws and reforms and the initiatives to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of municipal services and economic development.
** Only citizens of the United States are eligible for this position.**

a. Citizen of the United States willing to make a five year commitment to the PLGP project in Albania.
b. Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in municipal finance and decentralization reforms in developing countries.
c. Excellent track record leading and inspiring a multi-disciplinary team in challenging environments.
d. Track record in coalition-building and negotiating with a range of stakeholders.
e. An advanced degree preferred in one or more of the following areas: public administration; law; management; or another area relevant to the project.
f. Native English language skills.
g. Previous chief-of-party or similar experience with U. S. Government projects is preferred.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

To apply, please visit our website:


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