Deputy Chief of Party – Programs | Erbil, Iraq | 2022

Chemonics seeks a Deputy Chief of Party-Programs for the ongoing Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) project. The position will provide managerial and technical oversight in designing, development, and implementation of programmatic activities, under the DCEO/Tahfeez IDIQ. The incumbent position holder will manage and oversee management of Task Order Directors, the Knowledge & Outreach Director, and Learning & Evaluation Director to ensure technical quality, integration and learning excellence in program delivery. Additionally, DCOP-P will work with the Chief of Party to initiate strategic planning for building a pipeline of activities.

DCEO is a United States Agency for International Development Office (USAID) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. The program is known for its Arabic name ‘Tahfeez’, meaning ‘motivation’. As the name implies, DCEO/Tahfeez aims to support vulnerable communities to build resilience against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being.

In parallel, the program explores and implement opportunities to support economic growth in Iraq through enhancing competitiveness and job creation. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. The position is based in Erbil, Iraq with frequent travel to project operational areas.


Technical Management & Oversight (50%)

  • Work with the Chief of Party and Directors of Task Orders, Knowledge & Outreach (K&O) and Learning & Evaluation (L&E) to ensure activities are designed and implemented in a consistent and complementary way from a programmatic perspective ensuring integration throughout
  • Manage the technical teams and ensure that program implementation of activities for Task Orders, K&O, and L&E are aligned with the work plan deliverables and timelines
  • Ensure effective coordination of the program activities with budget/finance, grants, procurement, and operations departments
  • Work with the Core Management Team to improve implementation processes across the program based on internal evaluations like MEL data, pause and reflect sessions, and subcontractors’ reports
  • Work with the Project Management Unit (PMU) to oversee technical outputs of the subcontractors through regular technical meetings, work planning and reviews
  • Take a leadership role in the development and timely submission of weekly, quarterly, and annual reports, and other project reports and deliverables
  • Work with the Chief of Party to represent DCEO/Tahfeez to USAID, public, private and other technical meetings, conferences, and coordination platforms presenting project’s best image
  • Act on behalf of the Chief of Party as assigned and delegated

Strategic Planning & New Ventures (30%)

  • Work with the Chief of Party to prepare pathways to future work in option years aligned with the USAID’s Development Objectives for Iraq
  • Establish and augment DCEO/Tahfeez footprint in new ventures and initiatives through partnerships in the Economic growth and Community development space
  • Support development of program activities encapsulating new thematic areas but not limited to, Climate and Renewable energy, Digitalization, Technology Acquisition, Franchising and retail, etc.
  • Initiate partnerships and networking to engage and foster Donor Coordination and partnerships
  • Ensure a multidisciplinary approach to achieving USAID’s Development objectives from the project by making best use of the resources
  • Introduce diversified new program activities through a continuous and progressive engagement with identified stakeholder for creating positive economic impact and social benefits
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned

Business Enabling Environment (BEE)/Private Sector Engagement (PSE) (20%)

  • Support implementation of the activities designed and developed under the BEE Component, including association grants, access to finance activities (such as the Iraqi Private Bankers League), and the access to finance conference and related finance seminars
  • Identify and cultivate PSE to expand DCEO/Tahfeez footprint in the Economic growth & Community development space
  • Work with Chemonics Center for Private Sector Engagement to explore high-impact partnerships with the private sector and mobilize resources to deliver transformative development outcomes
  • Strategically engaging and collaborating with corporations and local businesses, to enhance overall economic growth in Iraq
  • Work with Chemonics Economic Growth and Trade, enhancing competitiveness and trade, access to finance and improving enabling environments for Iraqi businesses


  • Minimum of twenty years of experience working on economic growth and community development
  • At least five years of relevant experience including experience with a donor, IP or INGO with demonstrated supervisory experience, preferably with culturally and geographically diverse teams
  • Experience of cross-sectoral socio-economic activities and program management
  • A Master’s degree in social science or related field
  • Experience engaging, cultivating, and nurturing relationships with a variety of key stakeholders including, government ministries and officials, private sector, NGOs, CSOs, and international agencies
  • Broad knowledge of policies and strategic frameworks for improving business enabling environment
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English, working knowledge of Arabic-desired but not necessary
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow
  • Experience with activity design, development, and management of projects, preferably including both community-level and economic empowerment activities for SMEs
  • Ability to cope with and function effectively in high stress and fluid environments
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Application Instructions:

 Apply through the following form by September 30, 2022. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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