Chief of Party, ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Program

July 21 2020
Jakarta , Indonesia



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The ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (ASEAN-USAID IGNITE) Program is a five-year program designed to promote a well-integrated and inclusive ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by strengthening the enabling environment for cross-border trade to benefit consumers and workers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States. The project is organized around three workstreams—(i) Trade Facilitation; (ii) the Digital Economy; and (iii) Science, Technology, and Innovation—providing technical assistance to relevant counterparts in ASEAN to implement policies of mutual interest to ASEAN and the U.S.

PosITION Summary: As the project’s key point of contact with USAID, the ASEAN Secretariat, the private sector, and other stakeholders, the Chief of Party will coordinate technical assistance activities with field staff, short-term consultants, and Nathan home office personnel. The COP may also be responsible for the implementation of specific technical tasks within the project (to be determined according to needs and expertise). The Chief of Party will oversee overall project operations including project management, administration, oversight, reporting, financial and contractual obligations, contractor progress, and performance monitoring and evaluation. The duty station for this position is Jakarta, Indonesia with extensive travel, when possible, throughout Southeast Asia.

Job Description:
  • Provide overall leadership, management and technical direction to ensure integrated vision throughout ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Program activities;
  • Provide direct oversight over the ASEAN-USAID IGNITE field staff, assign tasks, manage workloads, conduct performance evaluations, and foster a positive and productive work environment for team members;
  • Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the ASEAN Secretariat, implementing partners, subcontractors, other donor projects and the Nathan home office;
  • Coordinate with the ASEAN Secretariat, U.S. agencies, and other stakeholders, including private sector organizations, to identify specific technical assistance needs and determine how best to integrate assistance with existing programs and resources including other U.S. technical assistance activities;
  • Ability to represent the project and its activities in ASEAN meetings and forums as well as to U.S. government agencies and officials;
  • Assure compliance with contractual, Nathan, U.S. Government, and Indonesian regulatory requirements;
  • Coordinate the planning of technical activities involving Nathan’s partners with the Nathan headquarters project team to ensure that planned activities are in line with budgets and subcontracts;
  • Provide contributions to and have overall responsibility for weekly, quarterly, and annual project reports; and
  • Review all accounting statements submitted to the home office and time sheets of local consultants, and other financial documents as needed.

  • Master's degrees or higher in economics, law, public policy, government, or other related field or a Bachelor’s degree in one of these fields with fifteen (15) years of relevant experience;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing development programs of a similar focus and complexity, on topics such as economic growth, regional integration, trade facilitation, digital economy, and policy, at least three (3) years of experience managing programs with multilateral organizations preferred;
  • Proven knowledge and experience working with ASEAN or similar economic organization;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with USAID mission staff, host country counterparts, and international donors; with strong emphasis placed on experience developing and maintaining working relationships across a multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Demonstrated leadership in teambuilding and integrity in project management and the ability to hire, train, and supervise local personnel;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills, meaning experience working in an environment which required frequent negotiations to manage bureaucratic processes;
  • Financial management skills including budgeting, tracking, reporting and accounting of finances and procurement;
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation skills;
  • Strong diplomatic speaking skills;
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Southeast Asia once travel restrictions are lifted;
  • Solid understanding of USAID rules and regulations governing project compliance, procurement, and financial management preferred;
  • Experience working in Southeast Asia (the ASEAN region) preferred; and
  • Basic understanding of Bahasa Indonesia a bonus, but not required.