Deputy Chief of Party

International Research and Exchanges Board, Almati, Kazakhstan
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Job Summary

Job Description

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.


IREX seeks qualified and dynamic Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded program in Central Asia which will strengthen civil society actors across the region to better represent the interests of citizens and act both as an effective partner and, when necessary, hold the government accountable for being responsive to citizens' needs and interests. Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) in providing leadership of the program.

Citizens/residents of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, or Uzbekistan are highly encouraged to apply. This position is contingent on funding.


The DCOP will provide operational oversight and overall implementation support for achieving timely and impactful program deliverables. S/he will perform duties of the COP during his/her absence.


  • Provide strategic leadership, guidance, and coaching to the program’s operations and administrative staff, and ensure effective coordination between operations and program staff.
  • Oversee the management of the program budget in close coordination with the finance staff.
  • Manage effective communication and coordination with IREX Finance, Field Operations, and HR home-office teams.
  • Provide leadership in financial reporting, audit reviews, and assessment processes.
  • Oversee hiring, onboarding, and termination processes of field office staff.
  • In coordination with IREX HQ and the COP, ensure that all activities under the project are implemented efficiently and in full compliance with IREX and USAID requirements and maintain effective relationships with USAID on contractual issues.
  • Oversee finance, grants and administration staff.

Program Implementation

  • Coordinate the documentation of program results and support the COP in reviewing, compiling, editing, and formatting program deliverables, including workplans, donor reporting, and internal progress reports.
  • Provide technical support to the monitoring, evaluation, learning (MEL), reporting, and communications functions of the program.
  • Provide management support to the technical component of the program, as delegated by the COP, to ensure activities are developed according to workplans, properly executed, responsive to changing program-results, and results-oriented.
  • Oversee MEL and communications staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 10 years of progressive experience, including management experience, in international development; experience working in Central Asia and with civil society strongly preferred.
  • At least five years of experience in a leadership position with oversight of operations and finance position.
  • Successful record of managing and implementing complex regional donor-funded technical assistance projects (with strong preference for past USAID-funded project management experience).
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior government officials, community officials, civic leaders, private sector leaders, international donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage budgets and plan both strategically and creatively to meet project objectives.
  • Strong representational and organizational skills.
  • Strong writing skills, and experience with reporting and MEL.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as International Development, Human Services, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, etc.; advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in Russian and/or local Central Asian languages preferred.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Central Asia preferred.