Deputy Chief of Party, Human Rights - El Salvador

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San Salvador, El Salvador
Apply by 16 January 2019
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party – USAID/El Salvador Regional Human Rights and Democracy Activity

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 actors in implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development.

PADF seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

PADF seeks a Deputy Chief of Party based in El Salvador for a USAID-funded Regional Human Rights and Democracy Activity. For the remaining 2.5 years of this 5-year program, PADF aims to strengthen the human and labor rights protection system in targeted countries in Central America including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The purpose of this program is to strengthen a targeted set of capacities within the national human rights protections systems in Central America, empowering actors to better fulfill their roles in 1) providing oversight, 2) ensuring accountability, 3) upholding the principle of non-discrimination along with other human rights norms, 4) addressing needs of victims, and 5) doing so in an independent, accountable, efficient, and effective manner.

Supervision Reports to the Chief of Party based in San Salvador.

Direct Reports

Technical, M&E, and program areas, including support of the programs in each country.

Education Required Advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in human rights, law, international relations or other related fields, or at least 10 years of relevant experience to substitute the education requirement. Language Proficiency Required

Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English required.

Other Requirements

  • Minimum of 7 years in similar positions of increasing responsibility in non-profit or international donor assistance organizations. Prior senior-level experience with USAID-funded programs in Latin America, and especially Central America;
  • Prior management of regional human rights programming, civil society strengthening, and public-sector engagement, implemented with or through NGOs, community groups, municipalities, state and national-level government agencies, and private sector groups;
  • Experience in leading a participatory planning process of large and complex human rights or development programs.
  • 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.
  • Experience working effectively with and building consensus among diverse actors including local government structures in Latin America, senior government officials, civil society actors, and other donors;
  • Track record of successful cooperation with host country governments and USAID missions: Demonstrated flexibility and ability to innovate within the framework of donor compliance requirements;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support COP in all project duties;
  • Co-lead (with COP) and support a team of human rights experts, program managers, advisors and local staff;
  • Lead participatory program planning and M&E, with a focus on results; also lead on quarterly and other donor reports, work planning, forecasting, training initiatives, and ensuring project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USAID/El Salvador, as well as all PADF policies and procedures;
  • Provide expert-level technical guidance on human rights issues in Central America, as well as strategic guidance to the team for the completion of program activities;
  • Coordinate program activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USAID/ El Salvador and key stakeholders;
  • Communicate, manage, negotiate and coordinate with PADF HQ, consortium partners, sub-contractors, and other stakeholders as needed;
  • As appropriate, liaise with USAID/ El Salvador, partner organizations, local and departmental governments to support program activities as required;
  • Ensure that benchmarks, performance goals and indicators are monitored and achieved;
  • Coordinate closely with the Director of Finance & Administration and staff to ensure partner management, sub-grant administration, and reporting are conducted in a cohesive and coordinated manner.
  • Provide input to high quality written reports in English and Spanish on program activities capturing results (especially outcomes and eventual impacts) related to all activities; ensure this reporting is consistent across all countries, and meets guidance on length and format;
  • Foster partnerships and alliances to leverage additional funds and support for program activities;
  • Foster a ONE-PADF culture, and facilitate clear and open communication channels within the team, with PADF country and regional offices, thematic leaders, and Washington DC headquarters;
  • Support PADF in building partnerships, innovative solutions, and long-term presence in the region;
  • Other duties as required.

Working Relationships

  • Internal: Interacts daily with COP and project staff regionally, with PADF regional and country directors, and HQ Program staff and Thematic Leaders.
  • External: Interacts, as appropriate, with donors, sub-grantees, partners, local governments, organizations and others.

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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