Guatemala: Chief of Party, USAID Harnessing Emerging Political Leadership for a Secure and Accountable Guatemala Project

Organization: Counterpart International
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

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Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID Harnessing Emerging Political Leadership for a Secure and Accountable Guatemala Project. The project will be designed to incorporate youth from at-risk, high violence, urban marginalized communities that lack opportunities and youth who have been inspired by the political crisis to take a more active political role, with the goal of developing an inclusive, representative next generation of civil society and political leaders. The ideal candidate will have expertise in political science, leadership training, and working with at-risk youth. S/he will serve as Counterpart’s representative to the donor, local and national partners, and other relevant organizations in Guatemala and will provide vision and technical leadership. S/he will oversee staff management and development and ensure the highest quality of project implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications. This is a full-time position based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This position will report to the Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations and Counterpart policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
  • Ensure the 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 line management to the field staff, subcontractors, and grantees in accordance with the donor policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Oversee development of local and international leadership experts’ scopes of work and training and technical assistance delivery.
  • 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.
  • Oversee planning of and participate in specialized technical training, workshops and round tables, support knowledge management, and share learning across staff and key networks.
  • 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.
  • Job descriptions are not exhaustive and the job holder may be required to undertake duties which are broadly in line with the above responsibilities.


  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as political science, public administration, management, or education.
  • Detailed experience working with youth, academia, and elected public officials.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years working in the areas of political engagement and activism; electoral politics; and/or political party development.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible management experience.
  • A history of working with both government and civil society on issues of common interest and cooperation.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, leadership training, and team-building.
  • Strong multicultural, interpersonal, and supervision skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to give effective presentations and write high quality technical reports.
  • Previous experience managing complex donor-funded projects with large numbers of individual participants/trainees, and a sizable sub-grants portfolio.
  • Knowledge of USAID development approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with other similar donor programs and seek synergies and complementary to maximize results.
  • Professional written and oral fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Previous democratic and/or youth leadership project management experience internationally, preferably in Guatemala.

How to apply:

Please apply online at*C1F6FE1795BDB457. No calls or emails please.

Counterpart International is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of Counterpart International to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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