Guatemala: Chief of Party, Community Engagement for Peacebuilding Project, Guatemala

Organization: Project Concern International
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 25 Aug 2017

**Spanish and English fluency are required for this position

Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization that empowers people to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship. Last year, PCI served more than 19 million people in 15 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. During the past 50 years, the organization has served millions more in 14 additional countries. Since 1974, Project Concern International (PCI) has implemented a diverse portfolio of community-based programs in Guatemala’s rural highlands and urban cities to improve health, improve resiliency, and promote the empowerment of vulnerable communities. PCI currently works in 25 municipalities, both urban and rural, throughout Guatemala. PCI is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) to lead an anticipated multi-million dollar USAID-funded project designed to reduce social conflict and improve social cohesion by bringing together diverse sectors and stakeholders within communities to identify and address the main drivers of social conflict at the familial, community, and municipal levels. By building partnerships between communities and governing institutions (both statutory and traditional), and strengthening governing institutions and non-governmental capacity to respond to local conflicts, the project will increase social cohesion within and between communities to reduce social conflict and increase confidence in governing institutions.

The COP is responsible for the overall implementation of the project, and s/he provides technical and administrative supervision to the project. The COP will oversee coordination with key stakeholders (including the GOG, civil society, the private sector, and others) and lead preparation and oversite of any subcontract. Additionally, the COP will be responsible for communications with USAID, for publicly representing the project, and for liaising with the GOG and other institutions/stakeholders on issues related to rural and community development in Guatemala, particularly in the Western Highlands.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide an integrated vision and lead execution of inter-related components in local capacity strengthening, community mobilization, public-private partnership development, and conflict resolution. These areas of intervention will be tailored to each of the following sectors: youth and families, governance, land rights, and extractive and natural resources.
  • Provide strategic leadership through vision, continuous improvement of quality, innovation and establishing a results-driven-management system.
  • Mentor senior technical staff to develop standard operating guidelines, quality assurance and control systems, milestones, successful startup and efficient technical service delivery mechanisms.
  • Provide strategic oversight for all activities and ensure to cost-effectively achieve project objectives.
  • Propose and implement innovative and state-of-the-art ways to facilitate community development through the promotion of security, community organization and improved coordination and involvement of local authorities.
  • Oversee partners’ and sub-grantees’ performance by establishing accountability mechanisms in program, finance, commodity and data quality management.
  • Develop systems to identify operational risks and their management and to reduce risks in project implementation.
  • Establish a culture of evidence-based decision-making and data driven analytics through a well-developed monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Assure good financial management of the project (e.g. budget execution, program-finance linkages, monitoring and reporting processes and procurement systems) and adhere to PCI and USAID financial policies and procedures.
  • Oversee total compliance to PCI and USG regulations in all aspects of program implementation.
  • Lead in establishing excellent communication protocols and working relationships with Government, donors, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Establish a work culture that respects and prioritizes the needs of communities, especially the most vulnerable.
  • Lead in managing human resources through recruitment, mentoring, setting performance objectives, rewarding and training project team members.
  • Actively engage in PCI’s effort to embed innovation and support the project team in doing so as well.


  • Minimum of 7 years of senior management experience responsibility with progressively increasing responsibilities managing development projects.
  • Experience managing complex, multi-million dollar contracts and/or cooperative agreements funded by the US Government.
  • Demonstrated delivery of strong results in a COP role.
  • Experience in Latin America, with preference for recent work in Guatemala.
  • Post-graduate degree in development studies, international relations, public policy, government, or a related field.
  • Relevant technical expertise in local capacity strengthening, community mobilization, public-private partnership development, conflict resolution, or other related fields.
  • Preference for experience working in any of the following sectors: youth and families, governance, land rights, and extractive and natural resources.
  • Experience working with senior government officials and building consensus among diverse actors, including NGOs (local and international), representatives of civil society, the private sector and USAID partners.
  • Demonstrated abilities in USAID reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent understanding and familiarity with US Government donor regulations.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing/mentoring staff.
  • Development philosophy in keeping with PCI’s mission, vision, core values and approach to integrated, community-driven programming.
  • Excellent analytical and self-motivation skills; excellent advocacy and persuasion skills; able to think critically.
  • Strong financial management abilities.
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in Spanish and English. Non-native English speakers must be able to provide proof of English fluency through a score or certificate of a recognized test such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan test.
  • Comfort working in insecure environments, including areas with high rates of crime and violence.

Who Excites Us:

  • Someone that has a deep and personal commitment to addressing conflict and violence in all forms;
  • Someone that has an authentic love, passion and interest in working in the poorest communities we serve;
  • Someone with a demonstrated ability to innovate and take risks to achieve greater outcomes. Job Location Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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