Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Local Governance Program (Comunitatea Mea)

International Chișinău, Moldova


Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Local Governance Program (Comunitatea Mea) 

Location: Chișinău, Moldova  
Group/Practice/Unit: Communities and Governance


Who We are


At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.


But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential.  To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create persons-to person bridges between nations.


IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

IREX seeks Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) candidates for a five-year USAID-funded program to help local governments improve the provision of basic services in Moldova. This assistance will facilitate decentralization and build citizen confidence that democratic institutions improve the quality of life. The DCOP will be responsible for managing all field operations under the overall direction of the Chief of Party. This individual will make operational decisions and manage the technical components of the program—ensuring that they are properly executed, responsive to changing program requirements, and results-oriented. The individual will have a major focus on achieving results in all technical areas.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.


Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • At least seven years of relevant experience in promoting democracy and governance issues in Eastern Europe, such as decentralization, democratic local governance, anti-corruption, civic engagement, public administration, anti-corruption, and/or public policy reform required. 
  • Deep understanding of how to effectively carry out technical assistance activities at the local level. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, Urban Planning, Sociology or related field required.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience producing narrative reports for submission to USAID and/or other donors.
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID compliance, grants, and contracts requirements, and associated best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cooperating partners, communities, and local authorities.
  • Successful track record of supervising, designing, managing, and implementing donor-funded technical assistance projects, with strong preference for past USAID-funded democracy and governance project management experience in complex political settings.
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in Romanian and/or Russian is preferred.

Your Daily Tasks

  • Provide strategic leadership to and general oversight of the program’s operations and administrative staff. 
  • Supervise and mentor several team members, including Component Leads to ensure effective execution of annual implementation plans to achieve both program milestones and targets. 
  • Monitor budget and provide required reporting in close coordination with IREX HQ.
  • Manage the technical components of the program in conjunction with the COP—ensuring that they are properly executed, responsive to changing program requirements, and results-oriented.
  • Assure quality of long- and short-term technical advisors’ deliverables.
  • Participate and contribute to meetings with the donor, external stakeholders and local partners.
  • Lead drafting of program documents including compiling inputs from relevant team members (Annual Implementation Plans, annual, quarterly, and monthly reporting, and other USAID reports and internal progress reports).
  • Manage effective communication and coordination with IREX’s home-office team.
  • Provide review and input on grant agreements and/or subcontracts.
  • Oversee the Engineering Team, in coordination with the Procurement/Compliance Team, to ensure the development and execution of Community Development Projects.
  • Provide leadership in financial reporting, audit reviews, and assessment processes.
  • Ensure that all operations are in compliance with IREX, USAID, and Moldovan policies, regulations, and laws, respectively.
  • In coordination with IREX HQ and the Chief of Party, establish and ensure implementation operational policies and procedures for the program.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings

This position is eligible for Telework.

This position is ineligible for Immigration Sponsorship


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.
All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled