Bogota, Colombia COLBackground:
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.Project Summary:
The Resilient Communities Activity (RCA) activity in Colombia aims to strengthen local systems for enhanced human security conditions and thus mitigate the effects of organized criminal groups and other violent incidents in target locations. It is expected that local capacity-building and sustainable coordination processes among key stakeholder will drive this activity.Position Summary:
Creative Associates seeks a Crime and Violence Prevention Specialist for an anticipated donor-funded project in Colombia. Under the guidance of the Chief of Party and the Technical Deputy Chief of Party, the Crime and Violence Prevention Specialist supports the strategic direction and technical approach of Colombia RCA’s strategy to ensure the successful design and execution of activities and support the strengthening of local systems for enhanced human security. S/he is responsible to identify and engage with strategic partners in the public sector, private sector, communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners to identify opportunities to conceptualize and develop initiatives that will support the implementation of the strategy.
Working with the Technical Leads, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the Grants Manager, the Specialist ensures that technical interventions meet established performance targets and that grantees/consultants are adhering to the terms and conditions to meet stated objectives. S/he will coordinate with and serve as a technical resource for other members of the RCA program team to ensure the harmonized application of the technical approach and will contribute to regular program reporting. An important part of the role will also be ensuring synergy and collaboration between the Colombia RCA program and ongoing and new initiatives in the target communities.Reporting & Supervision:
The Crime and Violence Prevention Specialist will report to the Chief of Party.Primary Responsibilities:
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Provide strategic direction and oversight in the design and implementation of activities;
- Work with Colombian and international stakeholders, such as NGOs, CSOs, government, private sector and development partners, to identify opportunities to support the establishment and strengthening of family support networks;
- Ensure that program activities are aligned with achieving overall program objectives;
- Report on program activities to support Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) reporting requirements; and
- Serve as a strategic resource across all program areas to strengthen the approach and activities.
Local and regional candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Position contingent upon donor funding.
- Relevant Master’s degree and at least seven (7) years of overall experience, or a relevant bachelor’s degree with more than 13 years of experience;
- Experience interacting with high-level Government of Colombia officials;
- Experience in capacity-building of local staff and partners;
- Experience liaising with host government partners, community representatives, private sector, development partners and other key stakeholders;
- Experience applying a participatory approach working with citizen security initiatives, community-based, and NGOs;
- Experience working in dynamic urban and rural communities and an understanding of the social-cultural issues and nuances of working in such communities;
- Familiarity with international donor regulations and procedures, with prior experience on a USAID program preferred;
- Strong background in monitoring and evaluation requirements of development programs;
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills; and
- Speaking, writing and reading fluency in English and Spanish.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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