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Chief of Party, Egypt Partnerships for Educational Progress Activity
at Arizona State University

Location: Cairo, Egypt




Arizona State University is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for the anticipated USAID/Egypt Partnerships for Educational Progress Activity. The activity will strive to transform Egypt’s public universities into world-class centers of learning that prepare Egyptian students for and connect them to meaningful jobs.

The COP will lead and be responsible for managing a cooperative agreement with USAID and implementing agreed-upon activities and report to ASU’s home office Program Director. They will be the principal point of contact for USAID in Egypt for day-to-day procedural and substantive matters. The COP will also be responsible for ensuring quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the award.


This position is based in Cairo, Egypt and is contingent upon award funding.



  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership of the Activity, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the award.

  • Maintain close communication with ASU’s home office Program Director and ensure the Activity reflects well on the ASU brand and reputation.

  • Establish relationships and serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Egypt and the Government of Egypt and private sector education programming stakeholders

  • Identify issues and risks related to Activity implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments.

  • Ensure quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance.

  • Oversee financial and administrative management of the program, ensuring budget discipline and compliance with ASU policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations.

  • Supervise the development and submission of program deliverables and provide accurate and timely reporting to USAID and key stakeholders on all program areas.

  • Oversee the establishment of effective and accurate project reporting, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and personnel and procurement systems.

  • Provide onsite support and supervision to project teams and partners on a regular basis to ensure quality implementation of project activities.

  • Conduct performance assessments of direct reports, identifying and recommending areas for improvement and opportunities for professional development.

  • Mentor and manage staff in a respectful and transparent manner, working with staff to build their technical and administrative capacity.

  • Demonstrate diplomacy and leadership to foster an atmosphere of teamwork, productivity, creativity, fairness, and innovation.

  • Other related duties as assigned.



  • Advanced degree (Masters level or above) in education, organizational development, management, development studies, international affairs/relations, or a related field of study.

  • Minimum 8 years of experience as a COP or in a leadership position involving the administration of multi-faceted, international donor-supported programs with skills in strategic planning, management, and supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local capacity development efforts, including working with local partners, Higher Education Institutions, and the private sector, to ensure adherence to all sub-award requirements.

  • Proven ability to communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams. Experience working with host government ministries is strongly preferred.

  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the agreement.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English, additional fluency in Arabic is preferred.

  • Experience managing programs in the MENA region.

  • Proven experience navigating complex and high-pressure operating environments.

  • Experience in the development and management of USG programs within a context of multi-donor funded programs preferred.


Arizona State University is a public learning enterprise, and our mission is no less than transforming the model for public higher education. We call the model the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again for the following six years, U.S. News and World Report has named ASU the #1 innovative U.S. university. ASU ranks #1 in the U.S. and #2 globally for university impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education, 2022). ASU is eager to collaborate with and learn alongside higher education systems in emerging economies to meet shared and escalated expressions of challenges educators face globally. Since 2010, ASU has successfully implemented projects in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as Mastercard and Gates. Through its University Design Institute, ASU is partnering with 90 institutions in 20 countries to assist universities that are transforming themselves into powerful engines of social and economic impact.


This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. ASU reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

ASU 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.


How To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a CV and cover letter highlighting fit for the position to with the subject line "ASU Egypt COP PEP”

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