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Chief of Party, Colombia

ACDI/VOCA

Colombia

We are currently seeking a Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Colombia Community Development and Licit Opportunities (CDLO) Activity. The purpose of the activity is to strengthen the social and economic development capacity of conflict-affected communities, enabling them to be reliable and effective partners with state and private-sector actors. The initiatives designed under this activity focus on local-level land development, rural development, and the reduction of illegal crop production. The CDLO Activity will help at-risk populations, including women, Afro-Colombians, and indigenous groups, that are important to achieving a sustainable and inclusive peace in Colombia.

The COP will have overall responsibility for the contract including quality control, the appropriateness and overall responsiveness of all activities performed under the contract, whether by long - or short-term advisors or others, and professional oral and written communication with USAID.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall technical vision, leadership, and project management;
  • Manage and supervise work of all international consultants, local project staff and subcontractors;
  • Ensure day-to-day technical, schedule, and financial performance of the project in accordance with USAID rules and regulations, the scope of work, and annual work plans;
  • Serve as the project’s key liaison with headquarters, government counterparts, private sector stakeholders, subcontractors, academic institutions, and other local partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Colombia with regard to day-to-day implementation and management matters relating to the contract;
  • Collaboratively create and implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision;
  • Oversee preparation and supervision of project work planning, budgets and pipeline analyses, performance management, and strategic communications;
  • Evaluate sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements;
  • Ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget;
  • Review all financial and logistical information on a periodic basis;
  • Recommend and evaluate proposed staff;
  • Make verbal or written presentations as requested by the client to varied audiences;
  • Coordinate activities and prepare annual results report, resource requests, quarterly reports and pipeline analyses; coordinate with HQ on development of profiles, success stories, etc.;
  • Assure that assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all staff in country;
  • Monitor, evaluate and document progress toward meeting activity objectives;
  • Reside in Colombia for the life of the Activity.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in agriculture, rural development, agronomy, development economics, or a related field;
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant international work experience in community development project management and/or related areas with a strong knowledge of alternative development and community engagement in a developing country context;
  • Proven Chief of Party experience on a large, complex USAID-funded contract, preferably in Colombia;
  • Proven ability to effectively work in multicultural societies; positive track record in gender and ethnic inclusion;
  • Experience working in post-conflict areas preferred;
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with host-country government officials, international donors, and private sector stakeholders;
  • Extensive management experience and strong leadership and communication skills required;
  • Previous work experience in Latin America required; experience in Colombia strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity;
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (producers, government, private sector, NGOs, and research institutions);
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects; flexible and creative;
  • Fluent spoken, written, and reading abilities in English and Spanish is required.

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