Now Hiring: Chief of Party – SCHEP

24 August 2021

The American Center of Research, a nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing knowledge of Jordan past and present, seeks to hire a Chief of Party for its USAID-funded Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP). The Chief of Party (CoP) is the key point of contact for USAID on all matters related to SCHEP and will work with USAID and other ACOR staff to ensure the project complies with all technical, financial, contract-performance, and reporting requirements. The CoP supervises several staff and works collaboratively with ACOR senior management to ensure that all components are coordinated based on the overall project deliverables and ACOR’s mission. The position is full time and requires residence in Amman, Jordan. Continued employment with ACOR beyond the term of the project is possible.

General Responsibilities:

General Responsibilities:
•  Provides overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the project and its staff.
•   Ensures an integrated implementation among all stakeholders.
•  Has responsibility for realizing the intended outcomes of the project by productively engaging local partners, financial management controls, communications, and beneficiary relationships.
•  Serves as a point of contact for and reports to USAID regarding the project.
•  Coordinates all program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries and government ministries and officials.
•  Identifies potential issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and suggests appropriate adjustments (in advance when possible).
•  Oversees day-to-day operations of the project.
•  Consults with project Steering Committee and the Executive Director on a regular basis.

As the project enters its expected final year (September 2021 to August 2022), the CoP’s main tasks will relate to bringing the project to a successful closure, including:

•  Ensuring the final project report is completed and the grant closes in a timely manner.
•  Ensuring appropriate completion of all outstanding subprojects, grants, awards, trainings, etc., with necessary documentation and reporting completed in a timely manner and at appropriate quality.
•  Monitoring performance of staff and supporting them in their work.
•  Maintaining a strict budget to ensure the responsible expenditure of project funds.
•  Identifying issues and risks related to project closure in a timely manner and making adjustments.
•  Preparing weekly and quarterly project reports.
•  Supporting ACOR in the realization and preparation of a new Project Concept.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Academic qualifications commensurate with position (i.e., master’s degree or higher in relevant fields) or explicit justification of how recent prior experience is relevant and applicable.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience in project management as lead/director or similar level of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff as well as with government counterparts, contractors, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Fluent English with excellent writing ability; Arabic welcome but not required.
  • Previous professional involvement with USAID programs.
  • The successful candidate will be required to represent ACOR and its projects in varied public, private, and academic venues and must be able to articulate ACOR’s values and mission.

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest, names and contact information for three references, and current CV or resume to Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. This is a senior staff position and salary will be commensurate, while based on experience. This position is full time (1.0 FTE). ACOR contributes to social security/retirement, provides health insurance, annual paid vacation, holidays, and other benefits. Vaccination for COVID-19 is required prior to employment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

ACOR is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment decisions including hiring, termination, promotion, and wages and privileges will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

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