Chief of Party

Near East Foundation
November 25, 2020
Marrakech, Morocco
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Near East Foundation (NEF)

Title:  Chief of Party

Reports to:  SVP Global Operations

Location:  Marrakech, Morocco

Travel:  Frequent travel to project sites


Position pending. March 2021 anticipated start date.

The Near East Foundation (NEF) is seeking candidates for Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID/Morocco Inclusive Socio-Economic Development (ISED) activity in Marrakech-Safi. The ISED activity will support the Government of Morocco in enabling the people of the Marrakech-Safi region to participate fully economically, politically, and socially in their communities.

For over 100 years, NEF has worked to build a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through economic development and governance initiatives. NEF’s work is organized around three core program areas: Inclusive Economic Development, Climate-resilient Development, and Stabilization and Peacebuilding.

Position Description

The Chief of Party is a key member of the Near East Foundation team in Morocco.  The Chief of Party will oversee the project to improve livelihoods of citizens in the Marrakech-Safi region by improving sub-national participatory governance and promoting economic development. Working within NEF’s regional program structure, the CoP will lead a team of technical and project management specialists in project delivery. The CoP is responsible for overall leadership, administration, operations oversight, and management of the ISED activity.


  • Provide overall team management, technical direction, administrative coordination, and financial and operations oversight
  • Serve as primary project representative and contact point for USAID and client relations
  • Work collaboratively with the project team and partners and coordinate closely with USAID to develop overall project strategy and direction and to develop and implement annual program work plans and performance milestones plans
  • Work closely with the NEF program development team and other NEF teams to ensure a smooth and rapid start-up of the program
  • Oversee the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports (including quarterly, annual, and M&E reports) in accordance with the agreement and USAID guidelines
  • Adapt management systems in line with NEF standard operating procedures



  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, business management, public administration or other relevant fields of study
  • 10 years minimum of relevant work experience with development organizations implementing economic development, livelihoods, governance, and/or capacity building projects
  • Prior experience managing USAID projects and demonstrated knowledge of USG rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Experience in effective people and team management, including implementation of code of conduct, safeguarding and anti-corruption measures
  • Experience in managing the safety of staff and assets
  • Understanding of the concepts behind, and practical application of, humanitarian and development codes and standards such as Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability
  • Fluency in both English and French
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive pre-employment background check



  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience designing and implementing projects in Morocco, North Africa or the Middle East
  • Knowledge of Arabic


NEF will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 7, 2020.



To apply:

Please apply by submitting the following documents to the Near East Foundation careers page at


  1. Cover letter outlining relevant experience and availability
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of three references (including one from current, or most recent, employer)


Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Near East Foundation by visiting the NEF website at


The Near East Foundation promotes Equal Employment Opportunities for all applicants seeking employment and NEF employees.

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