Deputy Chief of Party

  • Posted on 30 August 2018
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Closing on 31 October 2018

Job Description

PCI is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, and Family Planning project in Guatemala. Pending the availability of funds, this position would have an expected start date of April 2019. The purpose of the activity is to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in nutrition and health outcomes of target select municipalities of the Western Highlands which will result in reductions of stunting, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies, and maternal and child morbidity and mortality in both prevalence and severity. This will occur as the result of improving service delivery and strengthening health systems.

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the DCOP will assist in assuring the overall success of the country program. The DCOP will effectively lead the implementation of the overall health and nutrition strategies aimed at improving maternal and child health, nutrition, and family planning outcomes. S/he is responsible for managing staff, overseeing budgets, writing reports, and working with the project M&E team to establish appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement health and nutrition program strategies as a part of an integrated overall program that is in line with USAID and Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • Ensure that the implementation team has a clear understanding of the project’s technical design.
  • Provide the technical team with adequate, up-to-date, and documented technical guidelines, standard operating procedures, quality standards, evidence-based models, and other technical tools.
  • Participate in periodic, structured programmatic reviews to guide course correction and adaptive management.
  • Ensure that project technical strategies are documented, systematized, and disseminated to key partners.
  • Support the development and implementation of a plan to actively assess and improve relevant staff technical knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure that lessons learned from project implementation inform field discourse at all levels and participate in the development and implementation of a learning agenda and a research agenda for the project.
  • Develop and facilitate supportive partnerships with government and non-government stakeholders in the program areas.
  • Ensure fluid communication and close working relationships with partner organizations.
  • Lead the preparation of annual work plans and budget preparation for the program, ensure the proper and timely implementation of activities and achieve expected targets.
  • Ensure integration of the different program components and among other programs in the operation areas.
  • Backstop and provide technical support to the technical managers of the program to ensure planned activities are being implemented with the highest quality and on time.
  • Assist senior project managers in programmatic monitoring and evaluation, and continual quality improvement.
  • Prepare, manage and monitor budgets and other program resources.
  • Document best practices and prepare communications for different audiences, including the general public, the Guatemalan government, donors and national/international conferences.
  • Serve as the key point of contact for assigned financial, administrative and human resource matters at program level, ensuring optimal communication and coordination with the Chief of Party.


Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Graduate degree in Development Studies, Public Health or related field
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience and 6-8 years in similar types of leadership roles
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in designing, implementing and monitoring public health and other development projects in international settings, preferably in Latin America or Guatemala. Preference may be given to candidates with experience in Maternal & Child Health, nutrition, and family planning programming.
  • Experience managing USAID/USG funding and familiarity with federal regulations and procedures.
  • Considerable work experience and capacity to collaborate with partners at multiple levels, including Ministry officials, NGOs (local and international), representatives of civil society and USAID partners.
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage and mentor staff with various levels of skills and experience; strong negotiation and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal and inter-cultural skills.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish; strong English writing skills for report development

Interested Parties: Only finalists will be contacted. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.

About Project Concern International:

Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community health and integrated development worldwide. PCI is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sectoral focus areas include: health and nutrition; water and sanitation; food and livelihood security; humanitarian assistance and disaster risk management; and disease prevention and mitigation.

About the Organization

PCI’s mission is to empower people to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship.

The most vulnerable people in the world will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future.

Strong Roots
In 1961, a young doctor from San Diego volunteering at a Tijuana clinic saved the lives of two small children who were dying of pneumonia. This experience led Dr. James Turpin to found PCI and forever change the lives of millions of children and families around the world by providing health and hope to those most in need. Since then, the focus of the organization has remained true to its founder: PCI works in vulnerable communities to improve health and create long-term change by helping people help themselves. For 50 years, thousands of dedicated individuals and groups have worked to make this vision a reality.

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