Job Details

Position Title Chief of Party (COP)
Requisition Number 16-0004
Post Date 1/19/2016
City Indigenous Inclusion Program, Medellín
Description At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview:

Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. Pact Colombia envisions empowered, accountable, responsive and productive communities and public, private and civil society sectors, inspired by their actions to support and empower ethnic communities that have been severely affected by conflict, with a special emphasis on people with disabilities, LGTBI population, and women victims of gender-based violence.

Position Purpose:

Pact seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Inclusion Program in Colombia. The COP provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project. This position is responsible for guiding technical staff and for ensuring the responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, and resource allocation and personnel issues. In carrying out these responsibilities the COP works in partnership with USAID key stakeholders, local national and community level organizations, international and local project partners, and project staff. This position is contingent upon funding.

Key Responsibilities:

• Provide strategic direction and technical leadership to produce required project results and deliverables, and overall management of the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project.
• Function as the primary liaison between USAID, local organizations and other partners and stakeholders.
• Create management systems in line with Pact’s standard operating procedures consistent with the needs of the project and USAID.
• Work with staff and partners to translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans.
• Direct and oversee planning and budgeting processes and preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports.
• Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal cost control.
• Supervise the work and assesses the performance of all long- and short-term advisors, consultants, and staff.
• Clarify roles, delegate responsibilities appropriately to staff, and clearly communicate expectations for staff contribution to project activities.
• Maintain productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners and key counterparts.

Basic Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus 8 years of professional experience.
• Management and supervisory experience commensurate with multi-million dollar development programs. At minimum, the proposed COP must have at least five years of progressively more responsible supervisory work experience that involved direct leadership of professional and support staff, oversight and evaluation of staff performance and deliverables, and contract/grant management.
• Demonstrated track record of achieving results in a development context, in particular working with marginalized populations in post-conflict environments.
• Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering partnerships.
• Excellent oral and written communication abilities. The COP should possess an ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders including government counterparts, to communicate goals and expectations to their teams, and to deliver timely and high quality oral and written analysis and reporting.
• Demonstrated capacity to oversee monitoring, evaluation and learning. The COP must possess a demonstrated ability to provide oversight and leadership for high quality results monitoring and assuring data quality, and for evidence based adaptive management.
• Proficiency in English and Spanish.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience working within Colombia and/or a strong demonstrated understanding of the country context. Understanding of the country context may be demonstrated through a track record of successful project implementation in Colombia or within the region.
• Leadership experience managing cross-sector development programs.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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