Chief of Party, Centers of Excellence Activity

Job Type

Full Time




Cairo Governorate


The primary objective of the anticipated 5 year USAID-funded Centers of Excellence Activity in Egypt is to strengthen the capacity of Egyptian public universities to respond to changing public and private sector needs for applied research and skilled graduates in the sectors of agriculture and energy. The program will work with Egypt’s leading universities to create two Centers that will develop highly skilled and motivated leaders working in agriculture and energy, two sectors critical to transformative growth and development. The COP is responsible for the overall administration, management of a $25-$50 million budget, program management and impact; external representation; and coordination with USAID, program partners and stakeholders and other donors and other program contractors. The COP serves as the primary point of contact for USAID/Egypt, the Egyptian government, and other donors and key stakeholders for the program.


Essential Functions:


  • Provides program leadership, management and establishes the direction of the program. Builds strategic partnership with USAID/Egypt, the Egyptian government, Egyptian and U.S. universities, and other program stakeholders. In collaboration with USAID, sets a clear strategic vision and plan for the program.
  • Provides capacity building of the local in-country team including coaching and mentoring. Works closely with project team members to monitor implementation and to ensure high quality and timely completion and submission of all contractually-required deliverables.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of efficient, results-oriented, cost-effective interventions to improve organizations’ human and/or institutional capacity, including managing technical assistance activities. Develops and coordinates technical assistance activities and training programs and corresponding budget(s) to meet project objectives and goals.
  • Oversees program finances, budgeting, and procurement, in collaboration with functional teams in the MENA office in Egypt, to ensure that all finance and procurement is compliant with USG and IIE policies and procedures.

Job Requirements

Education and Work Experience:

  • Requires an Masters Degree in any relevant field such as higher education management, public policy, international development or education.
  • Requires at least ten years of related work experience.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:


  • Advanced degree in any relevant field required; Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in or with the Egyptian and/or U.S. higher education system.
  • Technical expertise in agriculture or energy-related field preferred. 
  • Experience leading large and complex donor-funded programs; USAID COP experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Egypt context, including a thorough understanding of government policies and regulations on higher education and development activities, as well as more broadly with respect to how the policy making process and government operate preferred.
  • Working knowledge of relevant USAID and USG policies, strategies, and requirements.
  • Proactivity and the ability to lead outreach to new and existing sponsors.
  • Proven strong team building, capacity building, and management skills.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; must be accurate, detail-oriented, and follow through on assignments.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English; Arabic strongly preferred.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion.
  • A commitment to international education, cross-cultural exchange, and the Institute’s mission.

Work Conditions & Physical Demands: 

Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.




10 to 25%

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent verbal and written communication in English; Arabic strongly preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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