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Chief of Party, USAID/Cambodia Employ Activity

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Deadline: May 31, 2024
Location: Cambodia Cambodia
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
Work experience: Min 10 years
Date posted:Feb 29, 2024
Expected starting date:Aug 1, 2024


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Company Description

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.  

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.   

Job Description

EDC seeks candidates for the Chief of Party (COP) position for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded workforce development activity in Cambodia, called the USAID Employ Activity. The primary purpose of the activity is to equip Cambodians with job skills tailored to sectors that are driving inclusive and sustainable growth and economic diversification. USAID Employ will emphasize improving the capabilities of women and youth in science, technology, and innovation, concentrating on areas like the green economy, STEM-related fields, digital technology, and manufacturing, among others.

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the strategic direction, coordination, and management of the activity, including oversight of financial and overall contract management. The COP will serve as the principal interlocutor with USAID and key stakeholders. The COP will ensure the activity meets stated results as per its goal and objectives and responds to reporting requirements in a timely manner. The COP has the leadership role in coordination among various partners, subcontractors, and grantees.


The candidate for the position of Chief of Party shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in a field that is relevant to a diversified Cambodian economy and skilled workforce (such as business, economics, the sciences, agricultural sciences, engineering, information technology, education, social sciences, or other); Masters degree preferred.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the private sector and/or managing workforce development or private sector development programs; experience working in Cambodia and/or the Southeast Asia region required.
  • Demonstrated successful experience managing and leading large teams, setting overall strategic vision, managing large-scale budgets (USD $2 million per year and upward), and delivering measurable results.
  • Demonstrated aptitude of the Cambodian economy and its workforce development system, including the skills-related drivers for growing a competitive, diversified Cambodian economy.
  • Experience working in the green economy, STEM-related fields, digital technology, ICT, and/or innovative manufacturing.
  • Experience managing USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations desired;
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders such as USAID or other donors, host government counterparts, private sector entities, development partners, implementing partners, and civil society organizations.
  • Commitment to social inclusion, including the integration of women and young people into the economy.


Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English is required; proficiency in Khmer highly desirable.

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified.  No phone calls, please.

EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.