Employment Opportunities with USAID SCHEP

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    The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)—a non-profit institution in Amman—is seeking to fill the following positions within USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project). USAID SCHEP is set to continue until 2022 and needs new staff to join its dynamic team, including:

    To apply: Please read the job descriptions, responsibilities, qualifications needed, and experience required carefully by clicking on the position title mentioned above.

    Then please send a letter of interest as a PDF with the desired job title in the subject line, and an updated CV including names and contact information for two references to jobs.schep@acorjordan.org . The deadline for receiving applications is 10 January 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and only applications sent by email are accepted.

    Note: These positions are full-time and regular hours of work are Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; long hours and frequent weekend work are likely; site visits and trips outside Amman are expected. Salary scale will be based on qualifications and salary history as well as project budget restraints. Employment is subject to an annual renewable contract based on performance.

    For details about USAID SCHEP, please  visit www.usaidschep.org

    ACOR is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions including hiring, termination, promotion, and wages and privileges will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

    Accounts and Administration Manager

    Job Description

    Responsible for management of the accounting, budgeting and human resources functions of USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project). Manage the implementation of policies and procedures, and goals and objectives of these functions in compliance with USAID rules and policies and ACOR’s requirements.  Responsible for the timely issuance of both internal and external financial reports on the project.  The Accounts and Administration Manager reports to the Chief of Party and is responsible for managing an Accounts and Administration Assistant.

    Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for day-to-day financial management of SCHEP, monitoring cash-flow and procurements, and working with Chief of Party (COP) and Chief Financial Officer (ACOR CFO) on financial commitments and forecasts on a monthly basis
    • Prepare all payment requests, vouchers, reports, after approvals from COP in accordance with grant guidelines, for approval by the ACOR CFO
    • Ensure timely preparation of financial reports required by USAID for review by the ACOR CFO
    • Prepare the payroll and ensure its accuracy and adherence to overall budget
    • Responsible for overall management of administrative, human resources (HR) and grant management functions for the SCHEP team
    • In coordination with Chief of Party, carry out HR appraisals for staff in the department and assist with staff recruitment.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree (BA or higher) in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field. A Master’s degree is desirable. Minimum of 5 years of experience in financial management of projects
    • Proven experience with fund accounting
    • Hands-on experience with accounting software
    • Data analysis and budget administration experience required, including with QuickBooks; experience with additional accounting software applications is desirable
    • Not-for-Profit fund accounting experience and prior work with USAID grants or projects beneficial
    • Experience and knowledge of USAID rules and policies desirable
    • Solid data entry skills with an ability to identify numerical errors
    • Proven staff management skills
    • Good written and verbal communication skills (English and Arabic)
    • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative and dynamic environment

     

     

    Cultural Heritage Resources (CHR) Field Manager

    Job Description

    The primary role of the Cultural Heritage Resources (CHR) Field Manager is to lead USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project) field activities and coordinate all project logistical requirements. The Field Manager will be responsible for maintaining all field rules and policies, overseeing and evaluating the performance of site stewards, responding to on-call tasks and responsibilities, handling the needs and concerns of every field staff member, and giving support to the employees under their supervision. This project will work closely with project leads on operational levels related to capacity building programs, tourism development, and awareness-raising. The CHR Field Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party/ CHR Projects Lead and will work closely with the Capacity Building Manager.

    Responsibilities:

    • Overall management of field activities at Cultural Heritage Resources (CHR) Sites including supervision of site stewards at USAID SCHEP sites
    • Ensure ground implementation of field training and awareness programs
    • Oversee CHR logistical requirements
    • Coordinate with the local stakeholders
    • Facilitate and organize meetings under CHR activities
    • Facilitate capacity building in the field

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree in tourism, archaeology, cultural heritage management, public archaeology, or related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, or equivalent activities or projects
    • Knowledge of consulting and technical principles and practices applicable to the CHR, tourism industry and economic development is beneficial,
    • Experience in project management
    • Experience in development, implementation, and facilitation of community-based projects
    • Driving license and ability to travel long distances, including overnight if necessary
    • Experience in working with communities, preferably in heritage contexts
    • Effective organizational, interpersonal, conflict resolution, analytical, diplomatic, and leadership skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation and public speaking skills
    • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative and dynamic environment
    • Good written and verbal communication skills (English and Arabic)

     

     

    Institutional Development Lead

    Job Description

    The primary role of the Institutional Development Lead is to support USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project) in building a strong Jordanian Heritage Community of Practice by formalizing connections and synergies between Cultural Heritage Resources (CHR) institutions, professionals, universities, and local community members. The lead will facilitate the building of local and global capacity for CHR organizations, facilitating strategic planning and implementation, expanding shared online resources, and sharing of skills and knowledge through conferences, workshops, and programs. The Institutional Development Lead reports to the Chief of Party, and supervises and is supported by the Institutional Development Assistant.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), responsible for management and implementation of strategies, relationships with relevant institutions, and strengthening the community of practice
    • Ensure implementation of an effective and efficient online portal in cooperation with partners and stakeholders
    • Oversee the proper implementation of Jordan Heritage Strategy
    • Oversee and coordinate workshops and conferences related to generating an enabling environment
    • Supervise staff as assigned, providing regular professional support and coaching
    • Supervise, manage, and design the scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs and workshops

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree in archaeology, cultural heritage management, Organizational Development, Human Resources, Public Administration, Economics, or a related field. A Master’s Degree is desirable.
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in working with public sector institutions, organizations, development and HR development
    • Ability to track trends and developments in long-term strategies
    • Previous proven experience in conducting needs and institutional assessments, in developing policies, formal strategies and strategic plans.
    • Strong relationship management skills with both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Basic understanding of measurement and evaluation methods to demonstrate success of programmatic endeavors
    • Excellent team building, project management, group facilitation, and communications skills
    • Experience in cultural heritage management and capacity building is strongly desired
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English and Arabic).

     

     

    Institutional Development Assistant

    Job Description

    The primary role of Institutional Development Assistant is to assist the Institutional Development Lead in supporting partners with the goal of building their capacities and enhancing their performance.  The Institutional Development Assistant reports to SCHEP’s Institutional Development Lead.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist and work closely with the Institutional Development Lead to strengthen the community of practice
    • Assist in managing, in coordination with the Institutional Development Lead, relationships and work with relevant institutions and organizations
    • Ensure the implementation of effective and efficient online portal system
    • Coordinate workshops and conferences related to fostering an enabling environment
    • Assist in managing and designing scholarship and fellowship programs
    • Assist in collecting data and crafting reports
    • Work closely with the Institutional Development Lead on varied tasks
    • Assist in any additional administrative and technical tasks as requested

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree (BA or higher) in archaeology, cultural heritage management, tourism, communications, or any related field.
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in archaeology, cultural heritage resource or tourism
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Prior experience in awareness raising activities
    • IT skills, particularly with web-based applications
    • Good written and verbal communication skills (English and Arabic)

     

     

    Communications Specialist

    Job Description

    The Communications Specialist will be the key point of contact for the USAID SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project) on all matters related to communications, and will work with USAID to ensure the project complies with all USAID requirements. The SCHEP Communications Specialist will have close coordination with the entire SCHEP team, and work closely with American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) senior staff to ensure that communication is conducted effectively and contributes to the overall SCHEP vision. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of success in the communications sector or related fields, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills with a particular emphasis on written and spoken proficiency in English. The Communications Specialist will report directly to the Chief of Party.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work as a team member with other Communications Team members including the Communications Officer, Creative Producer and Editor, and Communications Assistant
    • Collaborate with the Chief of Party (COP) and Component Leads to implement the communication strategy
    • Ensure the availability and assist in the production of standard project outreach and communication materials, while acting as the program’s primary custodian of all communication materials and ensuring compliance with USAID branding and marking
    • Assist in the production of communication materials, such as snapshots (success stories), news stories, activity reports, and periodic accomplishment reports, as well as other publications. Organize press conferences, which may include conducting interviews and taking photographs
    • Develop communications messages designed for varied target audiences, tested against audience receptivity
    • Provide coverage of SCHEP events and prepare short summaries of proceedings and photographs with captions
    • Maintain websites, social media accounts, and online learning tools, as well as track media reports in print, internet and broadcast
    • Assist with program reporting for USAID, including weekly and quarterly reports, and other documents as needed
    • Coordinate closely with related USAID projects, cultural heritage and tourism professional associations and institutions
    • Coordinate with SCHEP team members in executing workshops, conferences, and study tours

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree (BA or higher) in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field.
    • Minimum of three years’ experience in communications strategy development
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
    • Working in/with intergovernmental or international NGO organizations.
    • Fluency at the level of an English native speaker.
    • Preferably bilingual (written and spoken English and Arabic).

     

     

    Communications Assistant

    Job Description

    The Communications Assistant will create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They will develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines. In addition, the Communications Assistant will support project communications and administrative tasks. Working closely with the Communications Officer as well as the other SCHEP (Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project) and The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) staff, the Communications Assistant will be in charge of Arabic Language communication materials as well as support for other project tasks.  The Communications Assistant will be supervised by the SCHEP Communications Officer.

    Responsibilities:

    • Thinking creatively to produce new ideas and concepts and developing interactive design
    • Working as part of a team with printers, copywriters, photographers, stylists, illustrators, other designers, account executives, web developers and marketing specialists
    • Organizing and editing videos and photographs from field visits
    • Managing and developing USAID SCHEP’s YouTube and Facebook video networks
    • Assisting in photographing and recording organizational events (i.e. community outreach events, workshops, media visits and tours, etc.)
    • Production assistance during photo shoots
    • Assist in pitching USAID SCHEP story ideas to local media
    • Assist in tracking USAID SCHEP mentions in the local media
    • Additional administrative assistance and other tasks as needed

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Proven graphic design experience
    • A strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphics
    • Familiarity with design software and technologies (such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
    • Experience in filming and shooting videos is preferable.
    • A keen eye for aesthetics and details
    • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills in Arabic and English
    • Ability to work methodically and meet deadlines
    • University degree (BA or higher) in Design, Fine Arts or related field desirable.