Deputy Chief of Party-Guatemala FfP

Guatemala City | Guatemala City

Counterpart International is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated five-year USDA-funded Food for Progress program in Guatemala. This is a full time position based in Guatemala. This position will report to and work closely with the Chief of Party (COP). This program aims to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products, particularly coffee, cardamom and horticulture by improving delivery of rural extension; strengthening value chain linkages; and increasing crop and income diversification for smallholder farmers. The ideal candidate will have experience managing high value USG and USDA grants, a close familiarity with extension models, both public and private, and a deep understanding of the Guatemalan context. The DCOP will support overall project management, implementation and operational logistics functions. The DCOP will be expected to oversee the administration, human resources, finance and grant teams. He/she will support and oversee office and field operations. As a member of the project’s senior team, he/she will also be responsible for implementation and management of internal controls to facilitate accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting. The DCOP will ensure compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures, USDA rules and regulations, and host-country legislation.
LOCAL CANDIDATES are strongly encouraged to apply.
•Support the Chief of Party in the overall management of the program.
•Provide technical oversight and leadership on issues related to agriculture extension, value chain strengthening, government and private sector coordination and personnel management.
•Oversee the granting process, ensuring timely grant distribution and robust monitoring of grant funds made to beneficiary groups and organizations.
•Ensure compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures; USDA rules and regulations; and host-country legislation.
•Provide overall leadership, recruitment, training and supervision of field office staff.
•Support the Chief of Party in liaising with USDA, local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, academia and other donor organizations.
•Facilitate learning and integration of Counterpart’s best practices on food security and nutrition initiatives and the program’s technical areas.
•Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
•Oversee field budget preparation, and overall financial oversight to ensure strict fiscal accountability.
•Ensure the highest quality of program monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications. RequirementsQUALIFICATIONS:
•Minimum of eight years of relevant experience; at least three years working with food security, agriculture or extension systems projects within a Guatemalan or the Central American context. Experience in the Western Highlands and/or Dry Corridor is preferred.
•Bachelor’s Degree in agronomy, agribusiness, international development or similar field required.
•Demonstrated skills in effectively working and/or collaborating with local government structures, universities, senior government officials, other implementing agencies and US government projects.
•Proven management skills over program finances and sub-grant distribution and monitoring.
•Experience in staff and organizational capacity building and operations management.
•Previous experience in managing complex USDA or USG-funded projects with large sub-grant portfolios.
•Deep understanding of agriculture extension, rural enterprise development, microfinance and value chain linkages.
•Expertise in coffee and/or cardamom value chain strengthening preferred.
•Commitment to and demonstrated experience in gender integration and social inclusion.
•Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills.
•Demonstrated leadership, management, decision-making and interpersonal skills.
•Professional level speaking, reading, and writing in English and fluency in Spanish are required.
•The position will require about 30% travel within Guatemala to partner and field sites.
LOCAL CANDIDATES are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please apply online at No calls or emails please.
Counterpart International is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.\*2E240B1D0605E1A3

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Guatemala City | Guatemala City
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-04

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