Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Programs

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Vacancy ID: 7695

Closing Date: 17.00 ULAT, October 01, 2018

About MCA-Mongolia

The Government of Mongolia (“Government”) seeks a qualified Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Programs (“Deputy CEO”), to help organize, manage and lead the programmatic work of a new special purpose entity to be known as the Millennium Challenge Account – Mongolia (“MCA-Mongolia”). The Government will shortly establish MCA-Mongolia in the form of a non-profit state-owned enterprise to oversee the implementation of the Mongolia Water Compact (the “Compact”), a large-scale international development assistance program funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”), a United States Government agency that provides grant assistance to help partner countries promote economic growth and reduce poverty.

The Compact aims to increase the long-term sustainable supply of water to Ulaanbaatar and stem the impact of an impending water crisis. The Compact will expand the supply of water to residential consumers and commercial and industrial users in Ulaanbaatar through:

  • The construction of new groundwater wells downstream from Ulaanbaatar and introduction of a state-of-the-art advanced water purification plant;
  • The construction of a new wastewater recycling plant and pipelines to provide high-quality treated water to large-scale industrial users;
  • Policy reforms, capacity building, and technical assistance to improve the long-term sustainability of Ulaanbaatar’s water supply.

MCA-Mongolia will oversee the implementation of these investments on behalf of the Government and in compliance with the guidelines and standards of MCC.

The Role

Main Tasks: The Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Programs, is responsible for coordinating, managing and leading the work of the Program Division, which will implement within tight timelines and fixed budget three complex, interrelated investment activities in water supply, wastewater recycling and water sector sustainability. The Deputy CEO assists in inspiring and motivating the program staff of MCA-Mongolia; setting operating procedures and practices; ensuring quality, cost and timeliness; integrating cross-cutting inputs related to environmental and social performance, gender and social integration, and monitoring and evaluation; ensuring compliance with MCC standards, policies and guidelines as well as with local requirements. The Deputy CEO manages six director-level staff in a division of up to 18 staff and will help manage a large number of services and works contractors.


  • Support and advise the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) on a range of issues, including the status, risks, and expected timelines of the investment activities and their compliance with MCC requirements and local standards.
  • Lead overall implementation of compact investments in water supply, wastewater recycling and sustainability, ensuring that projects and activities are well aligned and that cross-cutting considerations (such as environmental and social performance, gender and social inclusion, and M&E) are well integrated.
  • Manage the development and execution of appropriate implementation plans, including resourcing and procurement plans, budgets, work plans, and monitoring and evaluation (“M&E”) plans, to be submitted to the MCA-Mongolia Board of Directors and to MCC.
  • Manage the day-to-day work of six Directors and their subordinate staff, and assist them in making clear and timely decisions, resolving conflicts or uncertainties, addressing issues and risks that arise during implementation, achieving milestones on time and within budget, and ensuring that compact projects and activities deliver established results.
  • Coordinate with implementing entities, including various Government ministries and the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar, to ensure dissemination of critical information and the timely completion of tasks related to the implementation of the investment activities.
  • Lead the development of a collaborative work environment and ensure cooperation, sharing of information, and shared accountability among the staff and various units of MCA-Mongolia for the success of the Compact.
  • Support the recruitment of well-qualified Directors and subordinate project implementation staff; build the staff through targeted training, professional development and performance management; and make recommendations on appropriate recognition and staff retention.
  • Manage and coordinate the identification of necessary technical resources, including technical support from MCC and external consultants, to support the proper implementation of compact projects and activities.
  • Fulfil the duties of the CEO in his/her absence.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science, industrial organization, industrial economics, business administration, public administration, public policy, economics, management or a similar field. Master’s degree or other advanced degree preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Ten (10) years or more of prior experience working in a project management or project delivery role, including experience managing a department, division or unit of a government agency or ministry, project entity, company or similar organization with at least eight (8) employees.
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior management role that involves planning, managing or implementing complex engineering or infrastructure projects with multi-disciplinary components, whether with a government entity, international development partner, or private company. Experience in planning, managing or implementing projects in the water sector in Mongolia or another developing country with similar conditions preferred. Project management certification preferred.
  • Prior experience with programs or projects that involve assistance from an international development partner (donor), including projects designed to increase economic growth and/or reduce poverty, preferred.
  • Thorough familiarity with water resource management or water supply issues and challenges in Mongolia or another developing country with similar conditions preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, develop and sustain collaborative, interdisciplinary teams; motivate employees; and manage individuals with diverse areas of expertise.
  • Proven ability to develop, maintain, and engage a broad range of contacts in the public and private sectors of Mongolia.
  • Strong leadership, organization, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Communication and Languages

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (in English and Mongolian), both orally and in writing. English language proficiency at ILR Level 3 or above is preferred.


  • Dynamic and experienced leader with significant experience in a corporation, government agency or philanthropic entity and a proven track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership;
  • Accomplished in developing, motivating and supporting teams, including coaching and creating development opportunities to maximize production and quality of work and achieve goals;
  • Organized and results oriented, with ability to translate Compact strategy and objectives into tasks and work plans;
  • Confident in making structural or organizational changes as needed to move the work forward and meet the needs of the situation;
  • Skilled in building consensus among employees and developing strong relationships with outside stakeholders;
  • Accountable for achieving results that have a development impact and promote financial, environmental and social sustainability;
  • Able to identify and propose solutions to mitigate and manage risks;
  • Strong negotiator;
  • Efficient in understanding new issues quickly and making well informed decisions;
  • Able to inspire confidence and create trust;
  • Able to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively, and delegate work to subordinates;
  • Skilled in analysing facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.


If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before the 1st October, 2018 or submit your application via the "Application Form" portal below. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

We are encouraging all interested parties to apply for the role.  Selection process will be based on merit on the required experiences for all vacancies.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.  No fees will be paid to MCA- Mongolia or any of its agents at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training fees or other).

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SRI Executive (www.sri-executive.com) is assisting the Government of Mongolia in its search for an exceptional candidates for MCA-Mongolia. SRI Executive operates under a contract provided by MCC.  SRI Executive is supported by our local partner Specialized Career Consulting (SCC) in this recruitment initiative

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