Project: USAID Honduras Local Governance (HLG) Activity
Position: Chief of Party (COP)
Period of Performance (on/about - to): Upon approval to March 31, 2022
Maximum Level of Effort: Full time
Base of Operations: Teguicigalpa, Honduras
Position Reports to: Home Office Project Team Director
The Honduras Local Governance Activity (HLG) will support USAID/Honduras to improve basic service provision systems in the education, nutrition, health, and water management sectors, including management systems for quality and access, through increased citizen influence and governance.
HLG assists the local governments, service providers, civil society and related institutions in 40 targeted municipalities to achieve its two results: civil society influence through evidence increased and local service providers’ performance improved. The Activity also works with targeted local governments and service providers in both western and central Honduras to support them in responding to the COVID19 pandemic emergency, as well as, supporting economic reactivation. HLG is headquartered in Tegucigalpa, with regional offices established in target departments.
The Chief of Party (COP) is a key personnel on the contract and will be the primary liaison with USAID/Honduras on technical matters and shall adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Honduras technical direction. The COP shall be responsible for responding to the designated COR and CO. The COP shall also be responsible for ensuring quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the Activity. The COP’s primary responsibilities are aimed at providing overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire activity, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. The COP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate activity adjustments.
- Set strategic direction across HLG’s Activity Results and task DCOP and technical leads with designing specific implementation plans to achieve overall Activity objectives
- Responsible for producing annual and Activity work plans as set forth in the project design, contract and deliverables schedule
- Serve as principal liaison with USAID, Government of Honduras, counterparts and community stakeholders on Activity communications and technical implementation activities
- Responsible for ensuring that Activity burn rate is on schedule through direct oversight of the financial management team
- Provide in-depth technical leadership in all technical areas as required to achieve HLG objectives
- Ensure seamless management across all regional offices, managing multiple technical and regional teams as HLG rapidly ramps up activities
- Provide overall oversight to Activity operations
- Oversee all financial and administrative matters
- Oversee the development, production, and submission of all Activity deliverables
- Oversee development and implementation of Monitoring and Evaluating Plan
- Provide timely and accurate reporting to USAID on all Activity areas
- Present findings in both written and oral presentations as required
- Coordinate activities with other donors
- Liaise with DAI home office on activity technical progress and overall management as needed
- Manage multiple technical and regional teams as HLG rapidly ramps up activities
- Provide exceptional leadership to existing and incoming HLG staff through strong interpersonal, technical and analytical skills
- Interact effectively with the GoH, local government counterparts, and local organizations
Key Personnel Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Master’s degree preferred.
- At least twelve (12) years of international development work experience (including at least 5 years in the Latin American region) in service delivery systems by local governments and democratic local governance
- Proven experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized donor-supported programs, with skills in high level strategic visioning and leadership.
- Proven experience in managing multi sectoral integration approaches involving host country government institutions, the private sector, NGOs, local governments, and other donors’ programs.
- At least 10 years of relevant work experience at a senior program management level, including: (1) direct supervision of professional and support staff; (2) quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables; and (3) project management under contract(s).
- Language requirements: Level IV Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale. Full professional proficiency in English and Spanish are required.
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