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Chief of Party for Uzbekistan Local Governance Activity

Tetra Tech International Development is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Chief of Party (COP) position on an anticipated U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program in Uzbekistan. This is anticipated to be a full-time position based in Tashkent.

 

The goal of this activity is to promote transparent, responsive, and effective local government in Uzbekistan in line with the priorities of the Government of Uzbekistan. Key areas of intervention will include: 

*Development of a national decentralization strategy that lays out a vision for decentralization and roadmap for implementation.

*Improvement of the legal framework including aligning procedural, administrative, fiscal, and financial laws with decentralization laws and policies.

*Capacity building of local government bodies to provide services that meet citizen needs in a limited number of pilot local governments.

*Citizen engagement and interaction with their local representatives, including raising awareness on structure and functions of local governments and mechanisms for greater local government engagement with media, bloggers, activists in a limited number of pilot local governments.

 

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance of the activity. S/he will represent the project with regional, national and regional local Uzbek institutions, the USAID/Uzbekistan Mission, the host the Government of Uzbekistan, national and regional institutions and institutions and other donors and stakeholders. The COP will have principal responsibility for overall project management and quality control to ensure that the project's tasks are completed in a satisfactory and timely manner, and the objectives of the project are successfully met. The COP will lead the project team and serve as the primary point of contact with USAID with regard to day-to-day activity implementation and management matters relating to the task order (including work plans, M&E plans, technical reports, etc.). The COP will be responsible for ensuring that all assistance provided under the task order, whether by international or local experts/personnel, is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed; and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all experts/personnel provided under the task order. The COP will be the primary point of contact for information on the progress and current status of all activities under the task order and will establish appropriate mechanisms to ensure that activity progress and specific implementation concerns are regularly and promptly reported.

 

Preferred Minimum Qualifications:

*At least 10 years of professional experience successfully managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing), preferably those funded by USAID and those conducted in Central Asia or Eurasia.

*A Master’s degree in public administration, political science, urban city management, or a related field. 3 additional years of relevant experience may substitute for a Masters’ Degree.

*Knowledge of capacity building and strategy development to governments and/or civil society organizations.

*Experience in decentralization, local governance, public policy, and urban/city management.

*Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with centralized government officials and institutions, donors, other USAID projects, U.S. embassies, local organizations and partners.

*Prior experience in successfully identifying, establishing and nurturing partnerships with a variety of stakeholders; host government, civil society, international and US donors, preferred.

*Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in an ambiguous and rapidly developing environment as demonstrated by past experience.

*Ability to perform internal control functions, manage day-to-day operations and provide deliverables of the project.

*Fluency speaking, reading and writing in English and/or Russian, with a minimum of professional proficiency in the other. In addition, knowledge of the Uzbek language is preferred.

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