Colombia-based Chief of Party (COP)

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 6 April 2021
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Closing on 30 April 2021
  • Proposal

Job Description

Devex is currently assisting the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) in their search for a Colombia-based Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian (IPAC) Activity.

The $50 million, multiyear program is anticipated to contribute to target populations’ “self-determined development by strengthening organizations’ capacity, increasing communities’ access to socio-economic opportunities and participation in peace implementation, and increasing society’s respect for ethnic heritage and cultural diversity.”

The COP will be the public face of PADF, operational affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), and lead teams in providing of services and support in Colombia. Fluency in written and spoke English and Spanish required. The position is contingent on funding.


  • Provide overall program leadership, management, and technical direction and serve as the primary liaison with USAID on strategic, managerial, and technical matters, making key decisions and solving programmatic problems in a timely manner
  • Coordinate program activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USAID and key stakeholders
  • Ensure the program meets high standards for performance and integrity and complies with applicable United States Government (USG) regulations and PADF policies
  • Develop partnerships and liaise with USAID; private sector; partner organizations; national, state, and local governments; and key stakeholders to support program activities, as needed
  • Manage and build the capacity of a team of technical experts, advisors, partners, and staff
  • Provide strategic and problem-solving guidance to the team for the completion of program activities in identified sectoral and geographic areas and capture lessons learned throughout the program implementation
  • Perform strategic, financial, and operational planning, including work planning, forecasting, training, and ensuring program compliance with reporting and financial requirements
  • Oversee contractual and budgetary aspects of program management
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals, and indicators are monitored and achieved
  • Lead high-quality report preparation in English and Spanish, capturing program activities, impacts related to activities, and ensuring timely submission
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for program activities
  • Maintain an inclusive network of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian organizations and groups


  • Fifteen (15) years of professional experience, including five (5) years in senior-level positions meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for program operations, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies
  • Eight (8) years of experience implementing USAID programs of similar size and scope, maintaining positive working relationships with USAID, implementing partners, and stakeholders
  • Success serving in a leadership role for programs addressing issues related to inequality, marginalization, or human rights, preferably in Latin American and the Caribbean
  • Success in coalition building and adoption and implementation of evidence-based programming, policies, frameworks, and measures
  • Possess a broad knowledge of Indigenous and Afro-descendent populations
  • Experience in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up and close-out under challenging time constraints, plus if under COVID-19 restrictions
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish
  • Degree in a relevant field is required, graduate-level and higher preferred

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world. PADF is an equal opportunity employer.

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