Chief of Party
Guatemala City | Guatemala
Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community. We equip individuals, organizations and communities-our counterparts- to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries. We work with them in some of the world’s most challenging places to tackle social, economic, environmental, health and governance issues that threaten their lives and undermine their futures.
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The Participación Cívica Project is a five-year initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Counterpart International in partnership with local and international organizations. Its overall goal is to strengthen and develop the capacity of civil society organizations to play a more effective role in addressing accountable governance, transparency and citizen security issues.
Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the Participación Cívica Project in Guatemala. This is a full time position based in Guatemala City. This position will report to Counterpart’s Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean based in Washington, DC. As COP, this position will represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national partners, and other relevant donor organizations in Guatemala. The COP will provide strategic vision and technical leadership on issues of government accountability and transparency. S/he will also provide financial and administrative oversight and day-to-day management of the program. The COP will also oversee staff performance and development to ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications. Local and regional candidates are encouraged to apply.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations (e.g. USAID), and Counterpart policies and procedures.
• Establish and maintain critical working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to secure buy-in and active participation in program activities.
• Build an integrated vision among diverse project components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
• Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.
• Liaise with the USAID mission (and other donors as applicable), civil society organizations, local government officials, and other local partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements of results.
• Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
• Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
• Oversee field office finances and administration of sub-contracts and sub-awards.
• Oversee field office HR practices, ensuring hiring, employee evaluations and promotions are in compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures.
• Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
• Participate in specialized content (technical) events such as workshops and roundtables, support knowledge management, and share learning across key networks.
• Coordinate activities between the field office and Counterpart Headquarters.
• Ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
• Assume financial accountability and facilitate successful implementation of the program.
• Leverage networks, program investments, and project successes to seek opportunities for program expansion and promoting Counterpart’s practice areas.
• A Master’s degree in a related field (transparency, public administration, public procurement, open budget processes and financial management, tax administration, etc.)
• To substitute the education requirement, a minimum of twelve (12) years of senior management experience of high politically sensitive projects in any (or combination of) the following fields: regulatory reform, public procurement, government ethics regimes, inspector general/ombudsmen offices, complaint mechanisms and whistle-blower protections and/or municipal oversight.
• Sensitivity towards inclusion issues, such as gender analysis and integration of activities to close gender gaps.
• Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, training, and team-building.
• Previous experience in managing complex USG or bilateral donor-funded projects with large sub-grants portfolio.
• Knowledge of USAID development approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate with other donor programs on civil society and seek synergies and complementarities to maximize results.
• Excellent public speaking and writing skills in English and Spanish; fluency in both required.
• Experience in Latin America.
• Strong multicultural, interpersonal, and supervision skills.
- Organization: Counterpart International
- Location: Guatemala City | Guatemala
- Grade: Senior
- Closing Date: 2016-11-30