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Capacity Strengthening Lead


  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Bogotá
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Capacity Strengthening Lead for an anticipated opportunity with USAID in Latin America. The anticipated project will seek to support Human Rights defenders by prioritizing local-level activities that foster accountable governance while reinforcing positive linkages among Human Rights Protecting Organizations. This is a full position based in Bogota Colombia and will serve the life of the project, which is expected to be 5-years.


  • Identify strategic needs, approaches, and priorities to organizational capacity building for effective HRO strengthening, ensuring continuous adaptation to local context, HRO needs, HRO capacity, and client needs.
  • Develop an implementation plan for the capacity development component, facilitating the anticipation and resolution of implementation problems and adaptation of resource priorities in response to funding uncertainties.
  • Collaborate with Project technical staff to leverage internal expertise for capacity building.
  • Design and manage technical consultancies, partners, and trainers to deliver high quality training, technical assistance and mentoring to local CSOs.
  • Form, train, and manage the Project’s capacity assessment team; Conduct capacity assessments and support the creation of strategic action plans.
  • Design and implement trainings for adult learners using a wide range of dynamic learning methodologies in topics such as financial sustainability, strategic planning, documentation and reporting of human rights violations, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Lead the initiative and manage/coordinate with MEL staff to design and implement a results monitoring framework.
  • Design and implement OCD learning spaces and mechanisms for HROs to leverage and enhance existing strengths and create a safe space to share lessons learned and best practices.
  • Design OCD grant Requests for Proposals and provide technical oversight and management of grants in collaboration with the Sr. Grants Manager.
  • Support Leadership in the design and implementation of learning activities.
  • Train staff in Project knowledge management practices related to report writing, use of CPI’s online interface/ Shared Drive/Help Desk, and use of CPI learning tools.
  • Document and communicate internally and externally successes, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices.
  • Manage and mentor the capacity strengthening associate/officer and Senior MEL Officer.
  • Ensure Counterpart’s best practices are institutionalized and adapted to the local context.
  • Ensure a gender perspective is integrated into all capacity building tools, methodologies and activities.
  • Deliver technical presentations on program achievements to audiences, including implementing partner(s), civil society, government officials, USAID, and other relevant organizations.
  • Ensure clear communication with the COP for informed decision-making regarding staff security and human resources matters.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science, Governance and Civil Society and/or other related fields.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in international development; Minimum 3 years working on governance programs.
  • Experience supervising teams of diverse staff and demonstrated leadership capacity;
  • Previous experience managing USAID-funded programs is required;
  • Experience in in-person and remotely managing programs in insecure and rapidly changing environments;
  • Demonstrated experience in building networks amongst civil society organizations.
  • Experience in managing program start-up in complex, politically sensitive, and resource constrained environment;
  • Experience managing and monitoring cash grants to local organizations;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadline and deliver quality outputs;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;
  • Professional fluency in Spanish is required.

To apply, please use the following link:

Counterpart is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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