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Operations Director - Power Central Asia (PCA) Activity


Tetra Tech’s International Development Services,based in Arlington, VA,is recruiting for an Operations Director to be mobilized to Central Asia to support the implementation of USAID’s Power Central Asia (PCA) Activity. The position is full-time and is contingent upon contract award. The operations director will report to the Chief of Party.


Position responsibilities:

  • Manage all operational aspects of the project, including supervising the activities of the financial, administrative, IT, and human resources groups, as well as oversight of department trainings, procurement, project management, gender inclusion, reporting, etc.
  • Assist the COP in collaboration with the home office staff on work- planning, activity design, scheduling and implementation, drafting technical justifications for USAID approvals, and reporting and budgeting.
  • Supervise administrative staff and oversee the local recruitment, hiring, employment agreements, and onboarding process including mobilization in coordination with the home office HR team.
  • Develop and maintain project manuals based on corporate policies such as the project office operations, procurement, accounting, travel, transportation, health safety and security, and emergency response among others.
  • Provide reports to the home office on estimated costs to complete the program, potential risks to successful implementation, and monthly financial accrual reports.
  • Review bank records for accuracy and ensure compliance with home office accounting guidelines and US Government financial management regulations.
  • Prepare detailed monthly and quarterly financial reports for USAID.
  • Prepare and negotiate complex budgets (CPFF, T&M, and FFP) with subcontractors.
  • Review and resolve complex subcontracting issues and review invoices.
  • Liaise with USAID to resolve invoicing, contractual, and operational issues.
  • Participate in and respond to the US government during audits and financial reviews.
  • Address complex international tax and VAT filing issues.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are submitted to the Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC), per the contract’s requirements and COR direction.
  • Ensure the project is compliant with USAID regulations and Tetra Tech’s corporate policies.
  • Manage corporate registrations to remain in compliance with local laws.
  • Keep detailed inventories of the project funded assets and prepare regular reports for USAID in accordance with US Government and home office guidelines.
  • Train local staff on home office and US Government regulations, policies and procedures related to USAID program management.       

Essential KSA’s required (experience, skills, education, certification, etc.):


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as economics, management, engineering or law.
  • At least 5 years providing management of operations and/or technical issues on a USAID or other donor-funded project. Prior experience with energy projects is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and/or experiences in financial planning and management, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions.

  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is preferred.

  • Experience supervising staff is required. 
  • Experience working in Central Asia is preferred.
  • Ability to handle a high volume of large and complex tasks. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and presentation skills) is required.

Valued but not required KSA's:

  • Fluency in any Central Asian native language, as well as Russian, is a plus.

Line Management responsibility:

  • Local operations and administrative staff

Physical demands & work environment:

  • Office setting 
  • Regional travel will be required