Chief of Party – USAID South America Regional Refugee Program

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 April 2019

Job Description

Position Summary:

PADF seeks a Chief of Party, based in Lima, Peru for the upcoming USAID-funded South America Regional Initiative for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants. This anticipated 3-year program will facilitate labor force integration and job creation for Venezuelan migrants into local communities; work with local, regional and national governments to improve the provision of key services (water/sanitation, health, education) to migrants and the communities that receive them; and harmonize migrant reception and resettlement policies across multiple countries in South America. The COP will lead a diverse team of technical specialists in providing durable solutions to the challenges facing Venezuelan migrants across South America. The COP will also be the public face of PADF, the operational affiliate of the Organization of American States and a leading provider of services and support to Venezuelan migrants across the Americas.


  • Coordinate program activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USAID and key stakeholders;
  • Liaise with USAID, State Department, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, ILO, partner organizations, national, departmental and local governments to support Program activities as required;
  • Manage a team of technical experts, advisors, and local partners and staff;
  • Provide strategic guidance to the team for the completion of program activities focused on the Venezuelan migrant crisis;
  • Perform strategic, financial and operational planning, including work planning, forecasting, training initiatives, and ensuring project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USAID;
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals and indicators are monitored and achieved;
  • Be responsible for submission of high-quality written reports in English and Spanish on program activities capturing impacts related to all activities;
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for program activities;
  • Facilitate clear communication channels within the team and maintain communication with PADF regional offices in Ecuador, Colombia, and Washington DC headquarters as required;
  • Other duties as required.


  • A Master’s degree in human rights, management, law, public policy, social sciences, economic development, international relations or related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years in similar positions of increasing responsibility in non-profit or international donor assistance organizations. Prior Chief of Party experience with USAID-funded programs in Latin America strongly preferred;
  • Subject matter expertise in job creation programming or labor force integration strongly preferred;
  • Prior management of refugee operations, human rights programming, civil society strengthening, and/or public sector engagement, implemented with or through NGOs, community groups, municipalities, state and national-level government agencies, and private sector groups. Experience with UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, ILO or other UN system.
  • Planning and implementation of large USAID, State Department and other international donor grants in high-profile programs demanding attention to operational details and relations between donor, host governments and local institutions;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated leadership and team-building experience; ability to communicate effectively with program/technical staff.
  • Superior diplomatic and relationship management skills;
  • Experience working with senior government officials in Latin America and building consensus among diverse actors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, negotiate and coordinate with consortium partners, sub-contractors, and multi-disciplinary short term and long-term technical assistance teams under complex organizational arrangements;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish required.

About the Organization

Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).

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