Chief of Party - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Apply by 7 July 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 8 June 2018

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Palladium is seeking a qualified candidate for Chief of Party (COP) to lead a USAID-funded health project in Guatemala. The candidate should have experience developing, implementing, and managing projects for international donors, specifically USAID or other United States Government (USG) funders. He/she should also have demonstrated technical expertise in: maternal, new-born, and child health (MNCH); family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); nutrition; and/or health systems strengthening (HSS).

* Provides overall leadership, strategic guidance, vision, and management to staff and the overall project; supervises project staff
* Ensures the strategic and functional integration of all technical areas as well as strong collaboration with donors, other implementers, and local counterparts
* Ensures effective use of resources, on-time delivery of project activity reports and partner deliverables, and overall compliance with USAID regulations and Palladium policies and procedures
* Oversees project planning, contributes technical expertise as necessary including in the areas of nutrition, MNCH, FP/RH, and HSS to ensure successful project implementation, with a focus on results and financial accountability for all project activities
* Ensures overall quality and cost effectiveness, and establishes and maintains robust and adaptive knowledge management and M&E systems
* Provides strategic vision on program sustainability
* Leads and advises on best governance principles, including ownership, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, and ethical standards
* Balances the interests of various stakeholders and supports participatory governance through multisectoral partnerships
* Coordinates with other USG projects as well as other development partners to ensure collaboration, integrated approach, and complementarity of the interventions to add value to the service delivery improvement and health systems strengthening
* Represents the project to stakeholders, senior policymakers and in professional and donor forums
* Works with staff to recruit, hire and manage staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities
* Works in partnership with a Home Office Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication so that the home office is aware of both progress and potential issues, and solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
* Manages subcontractors, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
* Serves as the key liaison between USAID, host-country counterparts, project partners, and Palladium
* Supports implementation of Palladium’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues. Addresses local staffing and personnel issues related to security
* A Master’s Degree in public health, public policy, economics, or a closely related field is required
* Fluency in Spanish and English is required
* A minimum of 15 years of experience working in international health, public health, or health policy
* Experience working for large donor funded development programs required; knowledge of USAID contract management, policies, procedures, regulations and reporting requirements strongly preferred
* At least five years’ experience working on donor-funded projects in COP or Team Lead level positions, preferably on multi-year health systems strengthening or service delivery projects with a total value of at least $10 million
* Demonstrated experience in one more of the following areas: HSS; nutrition, maternal health; newborn health; child health; family planning/reproductive health
* Experience establishing and strengthening productive and collaborative relationships with government counterparts, local organizations, private sector, and other donor organizations
* Experience supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
* Strong leadership, program, organizational management and oral and written communication skills
* Prior work in Guatemala is highly desirable

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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