The purpose of this contract is the implementation of the Central America Regional Trade Facilitation and Border Management Activity which will contribute to the Central American countries’ broad-based economic growth by enhancing regional integration and improving trade facilitation.
USAID requires the Chief of Party (COP) to be on site in El Salvador, San Salvador to build capacity and to facilitate close coordination, as the primary liaison with USAID/CAM, other donors, stakeholders and the U.S. Government regional efforts lead by the US Embassy in El Salvador. The COP is responsible for the overall technical and administrative leadership of the Activity.
Candidates for this position should have a proven track of implementing and successfully delivering trade facilitation programs in developing countries. The COP will take a leadership role in coordinating with USAID/Central America, other donors, government institutions, local organizations, and the private sector. Candidates must have demonstrated professional achievements, excellent communications and interpersonal skills and writing ability, in both English and Spanish.
In addition to having overall responsibility for the Activity, this individual will also serve as the country leader for trade facilitation interventions focused at the bilateral level in El Salvador and Nicaragua. S/he will be responsible for assuring that bilateral and regional efforts are well integrated and advance the overall objective of the Activity.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree desirable, from an accredited college or university in International Trade, Business Administration, Management or Trade and Investment related areas.
- Five to ten years of international experience in a supervisory capacity leading contracts of similar size and complexity. Regional experience in Central America preferred.
- At least five years of management experience with regional and high performance teams.
- Proven record of performing in complex areas of trade policy, trade facilitation, or private sector development.
- Demonstrated strong leadership ability for effective project management, teamwork, technical and analytical skills.
- Ability to effectively interact with government counterparts, international organizations, national organizations, and private sector executives.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven experience in facilitating dialogue among high level leaders. The assignment will require the COP to work in close coordination with other donors, government institutions, regional entities, and private sector organizations.
- Professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English (FSI levels 4-4) is required.
- Experience in addressing gender gaps in economic growth projects preferred.
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