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AECOM Chief of Party in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Job Summary

AECOM has excellent career opportunities for a creative, highly talented and experienced Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID-funded community infrastructure project in Colombia. The COP will lead all professional, technical, and administrative activities required for successful implementation. This position will report to AECOM’s East Region-Water Business Line out of Chelmsford, MA, USA.

The COP will lead a multi-discipline architecture and engineering (A&E) services team including specialized rural development staff and other technical experts to deliver innovative solutions in a developing post-conflict environment. Working in coordination with USAID, national, subnational, and community-level stakeholders, the COP will lead the delivery of A&E and other technical services required for the delivery of community infrastructure. The COP will manage all phases of rural infrastructure development work including community engagement, planning, design, procurement, construction oversight, and operations and management planning and training. He/she is responsible for quality and compliant delivery of works under both subcontracts and grant mechanisms. Community infrastructure includes tertiary and secondary roads, municipal facilities such as schools, clinics and government buildings, and agricultural infrastructure.

The COP will be the primary point of contact with USAID in-country. The COP will bear primary responsibility for all technical aspects of work activity performance, as well as management-related requirements of the project such as procurement, personnel, reporting, and financial administration. The COP position requires the vision to develop, coordinate and manage multiple simultaneous tasks, strong decision-making skills and the ability to ensure coherence and consistency throughout the project lifecycle.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising a multi-functional team, provide leadership, technical direction, and quality oversight to achieve project objectives and meet all contractual requirements

  • Development and management of effective project strategies to achieve multiple integrated results in coordination with stakeholders and partners

  • Establishment and implementation of project processes and procedures needed to conduct A&E and other services in multiple remote locations.

  • Establish good working relationships with municipal, department-level and national government officials

  • Manage technical teams in the development of technical deliverables including, plans, designs, procurement packages and operations and maintenance plans.

  • Oversee development of designs appropriate for the local context meeting all local and international standards.

  • Oversee environmental compliance including assessments and due diligence programs.

  • Provide oversight in the development of tender packages for construction of community infrastructure.

  • Effectively represent AECOM through communication and reporting to USAID technical and contract personnel

  • Identify and manage technical resource needs with AECOM project support staff

  • Identify issues and risks related to project implementation, provide mitigation strategies, and monitor through resolution

  • Ensure that systems are established and maintained, and adequate resources are applied to meet requirements for cost, schedule and quality requirements

  • Ensure compliance with USAID reporting requirements, budget and schedule

  • Manage consultants and staff in the development and implementation of gender and social inclusion programming and reporting.

  • Monitor project subcontractors and partners through meetings and communications, work with AECOM contracts staff to achieve efficient and effective subcontract compliance

  • Manage Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning program and comply with all USAID reporting requirements.

  • Monitor project financials, liaise with Finance Director and Project Director to ensure compliance with AECOM requirements

  • Ensure establishment of quality control processes in a consistent and transparent manner for all work activities and functions

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related degree.

  • Experience implementing USAID or other donor funded community infrastructure projects

  • Ten plus years of professional experience in A&E infrastructure design programs and/or construction management programs with specific focus on roads and facilities

  • Minimum of five years at a level of project manager for large projects with multiple tasks or contracts, including feasibility studies, designs and construction oversight of rural roads, facilities and/or municipal infrastructure

  • A minimum of 5 years managing multiple administrative and technical components of a USAID contract or field experience with the management and/or design of international projects

  • Demonstrated progressive experience in managing teams and support staff.

  • Capable of establishing good working relationships with high-level local and national government officials as well as private sector/civil society actors

  • Proven ability to develop management plans and reports and deliver per contract schedule.

  • Experience in developing and managing the preparation of design reports, drawings, specifications, and construction management manuals.

  • Experience in selecting and managing local subcontractors

  • Experience in engineering services during construction including answering RFI’s, preparing addenda, and reviewing submittals

  • Experience with GIS applications in infrastructure management

  • Proven knowledge of US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR)

  • Must be willing to work and live internationally to support project

  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating with remote teams online, proficiency in MS Suite, SharePoint (or similar collaboration tools) and remote communications applications such as Teams, Zoom, etc.

  • Ability to pass all necessary screening requirements, including successful background check, substance abuse test, and medical clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • USAID Chief of Party experience and/ or experience leading a multi-million-dollar, multi-year program

  • Experience with design and construction oversight of infrastructure projects in rural and remote areas

  • Post graduate degree in relevant engineering discipline

  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM), Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications

  • 15 plus years of professional experience in A&E infrastructure design programs and construction management programs (with specific focus on water and wastewater programs)

  • Experience in the management of USAID or other donor funded programs

  • Experience with the management of grant programs, community infrastructure financing and public private partnerships a plus

  • Oversight experience in the delivery capacity building programs and/ or social inclusion initiatives within technical programs

  • Previous experience working internationally on USAID programs in Colombia and/ or Latin America

  • Previous experience working internationally to support U.S. government projects

  • Demonstrated high level organizational, communication, leadership, problem solving, and time management skills

  • Familiarity with USAID procedures and protocols, reporting and organizational structure

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Civil

Business Line Water

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 264039BR

Additional Locations US - Bogota, Colombia - Carrera 11A No 89-12

Clearance Required No

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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