Chief of Party, Colombia

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 June 2020

Job Description

HAI, Colombia seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated multiyear USAID, Colombia, Weaving Lives and Hope activity aimed at strengthening conflict affected communities and civil society organizations through mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS), economic development and other interactions to survivors of the armed conflict by focusing on community-level interventions. This COP will lead all aspects of implementation of HAI’s innovative, place-based and community-responsive support services, including economic opportunities and job creation, MHPSS, and other key interventions that will foster a culture of peace and strengthen the social fabric in post-conflict Colombian communities.

The COP will provide technical and administrative leadership and expertise over the program. S/he will serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Colombia and will be responsible for the management of all aspects of activity implementation, including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide overall technical and operational leadership for the implementation of the project while ensuring compliance with USAID financial and programmatic requirements, regulations and HAI policies.
  1. Guide and supervise the work of key project personnel, consultants, subcontractors and partners to ensure attainment of project objectives in a timely, compliant and responsive manner.
  1. Serve as the official contact point providing overall project management and direction for the project.
  1. Ensure that program goals and objectives are met within the agreed upon time frame and budget.
  2. Liaise with HAI´s partners, relevant NGOs, USAID, the In-Country Team and other NGOs to ensure solid coordination and encourage knowledge sharing.
  3. Oversee the development of annual work plans, monitoring and evaluation plans and other required documents.
  4. Directly supervise the Deputy Chief-of-Party, Administrative and Operations Senior Manager, and other project senior staff to ensure that all deliverables are met in a timely fashion.
  1. Oversee the quality and timey delivery of all programmatic and financial reports to ensure compliance with USAID practices.
  1. High sensitivity to gender and demonstrated ability to integrate gender considerations in management, operation and programs.

Education and/or Experience:

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant field such as Public Health, Development Studies, Social Work and other Health related field.
  2. At least Ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in a senior program management role implementing international development activities.
  3. Prior experience as a Chief of Party or a leadership role for USAID funded international programs is preferred.
  4. Prior experience with programs that advance reconciliation among victims, ex-combatants and other citizens that lead to a more cohesive and inclusive society resilient to conflict is highly desired.
  5. Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging projects with both public and private sector stakeholders.
  6. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and Spanish is required.
  7. High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively.
  8. Relevant work experience in Colombia and familiarity with Colombian institutions, Private Sector Companies, Civil Society groups, and legal and governmental structure strongly preferred;
  9. Colombian citizens are encouraged to apply.
  10. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

*Position is contingent upon donor financing and USAID prior approval.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization’s AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.I,A3303_837_0. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact HAI’s HR Coordinator Diana Ruiz @

About the Organization

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance, a family of organizations leading human rights, social, economic and racial justice work since 1888. HAI implements programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Chicago at the Marjorie Kovler Center for survivors of torture. HAI's technical areas of expertise include mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), gender equity, access to justice, and stigma-free health care. Across all programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections, and gender equity.

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