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Chief of Party

Colombia (Colombia)

  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Colombia (Colombia)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable Tourism
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20

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About FHI 360:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. For 50 years, FHI 360 has built the capacity of individuals, communities, and governments to address the needs of vulnerable populations. In more than 60 countries, our work is grounded in research and evidence, and our staff and experts have developed partnerships to support programs in economic development—including workforce development, private sector partnership and access to finance— civil society strengthening, technology and innovation, health access and services, and education. Our integrated approaches across a broad set of disciplines and countries helps develop customized responses to complex challenges addressing multiple aspects of people’s lives. We are currently seeking qualified Chief of Party candidates for the anticipated USAID-funded Colombia Destination Nature Activity (DNA).


Program Description:

USAID Colombia’s Concept Paper identifies two primary objectives: 1) Develop the market for sustainable nature tourism in targeted destinations; and 2) Improve evidence-based governance and coordination of sustainable nature tourism in targeted destinations. DNA will build sustainable business models for Colombia's nature tourism that support community development, conserve the country's rich biodiversity, and reduce drivers of land use change. The expected geographic focus is on regions with Planes de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial (Territorial Focused Development Plans), in which sustainable nature tourism is a valid strategy to promote community development, biodiversity conservation, and to reduce land use change drivers.


Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding and will be based in Bogotá, Colombia. Colombian national candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Position Description:

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall leadership, management and general technical direction of the entire activity, ensuring an integrated vision among different Results and actors, and a focus on achieving the overall project objectives. This individual shall act as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, associations, private sector owners, implementing partners and Government of Colombia officials involved with the Activity. The COP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. The COP will supervise activity implementation and ensure the activity meets stated goals and reporting requirements.  The position requires significant coordination and interpersonal skills, and an understanding of the role that the private sector plays in developing sustainable tourism initiatives. The COP must serve as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding to day-to-day implementation and management matters relating to the contract.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's degree preferred in a a directly relevant field from an accredited university; Bachelor's degree required.

  • At least 10 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with programs or business activities that are of a similar scope and/or scale to this program;

  • Prior experience strengthening the growth of sustainable nature-based tourism and related sectors required, with experience in Colombia or similar contexts preferred;

  • Demonstrated familiarity working in Latin America, experience in Colombia strongly preferred;

  • Prior experience advancing issues of reform, improving the enabling environment, and fostering private sector investments in sustainable development (in tourism or related sectors preferred);

  • Well-developed leadership and people skills, including a demonstrated ability to enhance the skills and effectiveness of project staff;

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage client and stakeholder relationships, with a high level of organizational, communication and problem solving skills;

  • Experience in successful management of large-scale activities, strategic planning and implementation of related activities;

  • Demonstrated understanding of the interrelationships between sustainable nature-based tourism, conflict and peacebuilding, governance, community development, and environmental conservation;

  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive and data-driven management;

  • Demonstrated experience with integration of marginalized populations (e.g. Afro-Colombians, indigenous peoples, youth, women, and/or migrants and refugees) into the tourism supply chain;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project and program compliance and reporting;

  • Fluency in English and Spanish required.

  • Ability to promote and uphold principles of inclusion, with regard to gender, disabilities, and other marginalized identities. This is to be done both by ensuring equality and a safe and comfortable working environment among the staff supervised, and by incorporating inclusion in the design of programs and activities.



This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.


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