Chief of Party, Colombia Amazon Forests and Biodiversity

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 12 November 2019
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Job Description

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector in managing their environment and natural resources. We have delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors including: countering wildlife crime, forestry, protected area management, climate change, economic livelihood development, community engagement, and institutional capacity building.

RTI is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-Colombia Amazon Forests and Biodiversity activity. This is a senior level position and candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and the ability to navigate complex political environments. The project will work in targeted ecosystems in Colombia to conserve and manage biodiversity to promote environmental and economic sustainability. The project will work with local community organizations, the Government of Colombia, and the private sector to ensure an integrated sustainable management program. The position will be based in Florencia (Caquetá) o Bogotá with the need to travel around to remote areas throughout the year.

  • Responsible for the overall management of the project including technical, administrative, financial, operational and logistical management;
  • Provide overall project vision and leadership, manage overall project design and delivery;
  • Ensures synergy across technical components of the projects; ensures good team planning and coordination, deployment of resources and intra-team communication in support of project objectives;
  • Oversees preparation and delivering high quality reports to USAID, including quarterly and annual reports, annual work plans, technical and financial reports;
  • Ensure all contractual deliverables and reporting requirements are met and in compliance with contractual requirements and U.S. federal regulations;
  • Fosters and maintains effective, professional relations with government counterparts, local organizations, donors and other stakeholders for successful implementation;
  • Collaborate and share knowledge with other conservation organizations and initiatives;
  • Administer the project’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with accounting principles and USAID regulations;
  • Diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences;
  • Liaise with USAID and RTI home office on technical and financial implementation of and reporting on programming;
  • Managing any subcontracts and grants with local partners, ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables;
  • Oversee performance monitoring and evaluation to ensure all project targets are met or exceeded – making recommendations for improvement in program implementation.

  • Master’s degree in forestry, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, natural resources management, environmental science or related field;
  • Twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience and expertise in the implementation of large and complex projects relating to natural resources management and/or biodiversity conservation. Sixteen years of experience in a related technical area including conservation, forestry, ecosystem management, tourism, law enforcement, and wildlife trafficking and crime will be considered with a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Five years proven leadership of similar sized international donor programs with strong skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting;
  • Five years’ substantive experience working with counterparts at various levels of government, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, and/or enforcement of conservation regulations;
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated skills and proven ability to develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision for the project;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands
  • Proven ability to manage projects with satellite or remote offices and team members
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to travel and work in rural areas and difficult terrain/conditions at times;
  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • South America experience – especially in Colombia

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