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Chief of Party – USAID/El Salvador: Countering Gender-based Violence

San Salvador (El Salvador)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: San Salvador (El Salvador)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
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The IRC began working in El Salvador in 1984 during the civil war, and has since expanded its programming to support national partners in developing lasting solutions to challenges in countering gender-based violence, displacement, shelter and safety, health care, sanitation, emergency assistance, improved government services, and livelihoods. Prioritizing sustainability and long-term impact, the IRC engages civil society organizations, government, and other key stakeholders in partnerships and capacity strengthening.


The IRC seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year, multi-million dollar countering gender-based violence (GBV) activity in El Salvador. The project will design and deliver activities to prevent GBV, improve and expand survivors’ assistance services, and increase judicial accountability for perpetrators. Programming interventions will focus on strengthening national organizations, civil society actors, and key stakeholders to implement social behavior change strategies and, ultimately, improve their capacity to deliver grass-roots solutions that are resilient and impactful.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the terms of the USAID award (awarding mechanism to be determined), USAID regulations, principles of IRC, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The COP will be the primary representational link with USAID staff. The position will be based in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project, and selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

Job Responsibilities:

•Responsible for the overall leadership, planning, implementation, administration, and financial management of the project, as well as the achievement of all impact goals and objectives.

•Oversee the development, review, and monitoring of yearly work plans, project strategy documents, implementation measures, knowledge management, and sustainability efforts to ensure long- and short-term impact goals are achieved.

•Manage project staff and consortium partners to ensure proper implementation, reporting, financial management, and compliance.

•Report to USAID through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports, etc.

•Serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the Government of El Salvador (GOES), and other relevant stakeholders to ensure activities complement ongoing initiatives, adhere to country and global standards, and represent best practice in the prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG), improved and expanded quality of services for survivors, and increased accountability and policy reform.

•Represent the project and organization in regional, national, and international fora, including technical conferences and policy briefings, and share information about project achievements and lessons learned within the organization and wider development community.



•Minimum 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex projects that work to further women’s rights and address VAWG and other protection issues.

•Minimum three years of senior project leadership experience on USAID activities; previous experience as COP of USAID-funded programs preferred.

•Significant previous experience working in protracted crisis and development contexts, preferably in the Northern Central American region and El Salvador.

•Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including CSOs and women-led organizations.

•Demonstrated ability to liaise with senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of NGOs, and senior members of the donor community.

•Strong understanding of VAWG as a human rights violation, interrelated vulnerabilities, and the relationship with other forms of intersectional oppression.

•Experience working to incorporate issues of government accountability, transparency, and equity in protection and health programs, including gender, ethnicity, and disability inclusion.

•Demonstrated experience in policy dialogue and reform working with government and civil society organizations; knowledge of protection related policy frameworks in El Salvador is desirable.

•Capacity to work well under pressure, and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively cross‐culturally is critical.

•The candidate must be fluent in English; fluency in Spanish preferred.

•Master’s degree in international development, global health, women’s studies, or related field is required.


Application Requirements:

To apply please submit your CV and a cover letter specifying the position you are applying for and how your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate for the role.

Please note the scope of the work is high level and may be subject to change once the proposal is released. Recruitment of these positions is contingent upon successful award of the project to the IRC.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


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