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Chief of Party - Guatemala, USAID Anticipated Communities Building Peace Together (CBPT) Effort

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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Job Profile:

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) to provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the anticipated five-year USAID Communities Building Peace Together (CBPT) Project. The COP will serve as primary liaison with USAID/Guatemala on management and technical matters and will be responsible for communications with USAID, for publicly representing the Project, and for liaising with the Government of Guatemala and other institutions and stakeholders on issues related to conflict mitigation and community development, particularly in the Western Highlands. The overall goal of the Communities Building Peace Together Project is to address social conflict in the Western Highlands, specifically focusing on and empowering youth and families, while building peace at the community and municipal levels. The Project will seek to address the drivers of social conflict by focusing on four general categories—youth and families; governance; land; and extractive industries and natural resource exploitation. The COP will have a demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged, environments, across different cultures; and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines. This is will be a full-time position (contingent on funding) based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This position will report to the Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs. Guatemalan nationals are encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

· Manage all aspects of project implementation in meeting the objectives of the cooperative agreement including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of project activities, reporting directly to the designated USAID AOR.

· Lead coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, and other implementing partners.

· Ensure all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.

· Ensure highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications.

· Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.

· Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.

· Oversee all administrative, contracting, hiring, recruitment, financial, and logistical aspects of the program in compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures.

· Coordinate activities between the field office and Counterpart headquarters; ensure cooperation and communication with other Counterpart programs in Guatemala.

· Assume financial accountability and ensure successful implementation of the program.

· Ensure compliance with Counterpart and USAID rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.

· Serve as primary liaison to USAID, local and national governmental authorities, local nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, and other donor organizations to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements of results.

· Establish and maintain critical working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to secure buy-in and active participation in program activities.

· Leverage networks, program investments, and project successes to seek opportunities for program expansion and promoting Counterpart’s practice areas.


Skills and Experience:

· Minimum of 12 years of experience in international development with at least eight years’ experience in a management/leadership position, preferably in community development, youth development, governance, violence prevention, social cohesion, and/or civil society strengthening.

· Experience working with programs/projects that are of a similar scope and scale to this project, required.

· Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging projects involving various stakeholders.

· High level of leadership, interpersonal, and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of government, civil society counterparts, indigenous and local councils, private sector entities, and other key stakeholders.

· Guatemalan or regional experience is preferred, with additional consideration for demonstrated Guatemalan experience.

· Previous experience managing complex donor-funded projects. Knowledge of USAID development approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.


· Minimum of a Master’s degree in law, international development, public policy, youth development, conflict transformation and/or mitigation, or other relevant field (a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and an additional three years of experience could be substituted for a Master’s degree).


· Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish.

All qualified should submit a copy of their most up to date resume with three professoinal references to*5CE4DC94DFA54CEE

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.

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  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-31

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