EnCompass seeks Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated five-year monitoring and evaluation (ME) program in Venezuela and neighboring countries. The purpose of the Venezuela Monitoring and Evaluation Project (VMEP) is to establish a monitoring and evaluation support system to monitor, verify, and evaluate activities in Venezuela funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). The program will increase BHA’s and its implementing partners’ (IPs) understanding of the outputs, outcomes, progress, quality, challenges, successes, performance, and lessons learned of projects funded by BHA in Venezuela. The Contractor will also actively work to strengthen its local implementers’ monitoring, reporting, and learning capacities.
In addition to providing overall leadership, management, and technical direction, the COP will have experience working in performance management, organizational development, strategic decision-making, quality control, and project learning, preferably in the USAID context.
We are looking for a candidate who can facilitate learning and build relationships, with high political acumen and strong conflict prevent and management skills. They must be an inclusive leader, who can navigate change with flexibility and emotional resilience. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience focusing on results and impact, with strong strategic vision and an understanding of systems approaches to programming. They will understand how to foster a culture of continuous improvement and learning and will maintain high self-awareness and personal improvement skills.
The position will be full-time in Bogota, Colombia; Panama City, Panama, or San Jose, Costa Rica with potential travel to Venezuela. Due to COVID-19, and subject to situational changes, the position is expected to be fully remote through June 2021.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as the main point of contact for the activity, providing vision, direction, leadership, and management for the project.
- Provide technical, operational, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the program to ensure all activities, and deliverables are executed with quality and timeliness.
- Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with in-country partners and USAID/BHA. Serve as the primary point of contact for BHA and as the principal liaison with BHA staff, institutions, and country partners to exchange information and develop professional relationships.
- Establish remote coordinate systems with in-country partners, while ensuring the safe collection of data.
- Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with EnCompass’ standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws.
- Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening in support of the journey to self-reliance
- Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.
- Responsible for managing the oversight of the sub-contractor’s work and performance.
- Engage fully as a member of the EnCompass staff team, including participating in staff meetings and other EnCompass events, and providing administrative support to other team members as needed
- Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones, objectives, deliverables and targets
- Other duties as assigned
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in international affairs, social science, or a related field, or a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, social science, or a related field plus an additional five years of work experience related to the contract subject matter.
Experience and Skills
- At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience related to the contract subject matter. Within the ten (10) years of experience, at least five (5) years of these must be managing teams and at least two (2) years of experience working on complex humanitarian emergencies.
- Previous experience managing third party monitoring projects, M&E support projects, and/or complex projects in a humanitarian, development, or transition context.
- Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative field research in complex humanitarian emergencies.
- Previous experience managing subcontractors is desirable.
- Previous experience implementing a USAID-funded program is desirable.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish, analytic skills, interpersonal skills, and team management skills. Candidates with the ability to work and travel inside Venezuela is highly desirable.
How to Apply:
Please submit CV and cover letter, and complete the application on our website.
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