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Deputy Chief of Party

The USAID Justice System Strengthening Program (JSSP) is an initiative to strengthen the rule of law in Kosovo. JSSP’s overarching purpose is to ensure that the rule of law takes root in Kosovo by improving the quality of the justice system. The program will build on USAID’s prior efforts to advance the rule of law to ensure that the justice system operates in a professional, efficient and accountable manner.

JSSP has three components. Component 1 will strengthen the efficiency and the effectiveness of the administration of justice and delivery of quality services by the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) and courts. Activities under this component focus on strengthening the capacity of the KJC, supporting the decentralization of administrative competencies to courts, improving KJC capacity to develop its budget, improving the independence and capacity of court administrators and staff, and strengthening court operations and processes.

Component 2 will work to enhance the accountability and professionalism of justice system institutions and actors. Activities under this component focus on improving ethics, discipline, communications, judicial decisions, and continuing legal education within the judiciary. Assistance will also be provided to the Constitutional Court of Kosovo.

Component 3 will support the integration of judicial structures in the north. Activities in this component focus on facilitating the integration of judges and courts in the north and include facilitating transfers of court operations from Vushtrri, renovating of northern courthouses, improving case management and backlog reduction, and strengthening the capacity of judges and staff in the north.


Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP): Will report to the COP. He/She will be responsible for coordinating progress and impact reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and the integration of cross-cutting principles of youth, inclusiveness, and integrity across JSSP Objectives. The DCOP will provide technical assistance to the KJC and its Committees for the development of policies and sub-legal acts, and oversee activities designed to facilitate court-citizen interactions and the collaboration of civil society and the media with justice sector counterparts. The DCOP will assist the COP in hosting, facilitating, and participating JSSP sponsored work groups as well as relevant donor- sponsored or counterpart-led committees or groups. The DCOP will also assist the COP in maintaining relations and communications with GOK counterparts, civil society stakeholders, sub-contractors, and the donor community.

The DCOP will act as COP in the absence of the COP. 

The DCOP shall be under the supervision and will report to the JSSP Acting Chief of Party and will work with JSSP Component 1 staff during this assignment. The DCOP shall provide all reports or documents to the MDPI Home Office.

Location of Assignment

The DCOP will be based in Pristina, Kosovo with travel to courts located in other municipalities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in law, public administration, social sciences, or related field. 
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience including 5 to 7 years of experience working in judicial reform initiatives and evaluation.
  • Experience in leadership or high-level advisory role on donor-funded justice reform projects preferred. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with relevant institutions and stakeholders in politically complex environment required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID contractual and reporting requirements required.
  • Demonstrated ability to track and enforce compliance with programmatic activity schedules and performance targets.
  • Proficiency in English, Albanian, and Serbian required. 

Interested applicants should apply by submitting a CV, cover letter, and three references via email, with “Deputy Chief of Party” as the subject line, to jobs@jssp-ks.org by Friday, September 13, 2019, at 16:00.

Late applications will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted. Any attempts to otherwise contact USAID or JSSP about this solicitation will result in immediate disqualification.