Save the Children is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Lead (DCOP) for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Youth Resilience Activity (YRA) in Colombia. The proposed program will build the capacity of vulnerable youth, disengaged child soldiers, and former youth offenders to cope with the effects of crime and violence and reduce the risk of recidivism. In order to do so, YRA will develop peaceful and protective environments, strengthen the relationships among youth, their families, communities, and local authorities and provide alternative education and economic opportunities to at-risk youth. Using this comprehensive model, YRA will be better positioned to respond to the needs of violence-affected youth and their communities, support the prevention of recidivism by disengaged child soldiers and former youth offenders, and foster greater economic and social stability in Colombia. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The DCOP/Technical Lead will establish and manage systems to ensure a coherent and high-impact approach across all program activities and themes. S/He will work closely with the Save the Children Colombia country office, specifically the Operations Director, to ensure YRA programming is coordinated will all other Save the Children programming in Colombia. The DCOP/ Technical Lead will ensure that activities are appropriately layered, sequenced and integrated at all stages of the intervention. The DCOP will develop tools and procedures to guide the implementation of programming, monitoring outputs and outcomes, and ensuring course corrections as required. The DCOP will oversee thematic leads and ensure the quality of their – and their teams’ – work. The DCOP will work closely with the operations team to ensure strong complementarity between operational effectiveness and implementation of high-impact activities.
- Ensure that all members of the program consortium are contributing technical inputs in a coordinated fashion that leverages the expertise of each organization. Support overall program planning; provide management to technical and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams, and feedback loops required for program delivery and success.
- Support partnerships within the program consortium, as well as with external stakeholders as needed, to establish the teamwork required for program success.
- Support the integration of community-based, gender-transformative, and capacity building into activities, as appropriate and possible.
- Support annual planning processes and associated donor resource requests; monitoring implementation progress as compared to these plans.
- Ensure the quality of all program deliverables, inclusive of activities, outputs, documentation and reporting.
- Support sound program financial management and reporting.
- Ensure compliance with donor, host government, and Save the Children policies and procedures.
- Recruit, develop, and manage the technical team, ensuring that adequate and appropriate capacity building plans are in place and that Human Resources policies are appropriate for team retention and high performance.
- Ensure that the program deploys an effective collaborating, learning and adapting approach, such that the activity is able to evolve in a changing context to achieve desired outcomes.
- Ensure that program strategies and activities directly engage with local stakeholders to promote self-reliance and sustainable outcomes among the beneficiary population.
- Oversee the program’s security management approach, working with country office counterparts.
- Comply with and promote Save the Children policies and practice for the program team and all interventions with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, and do no harm.
- Provide overall project leadership and external representation of the project when the COP is absent.
- A Master’s degree in a relevant field (development studies, international relations, economics social work, business administration, etc.) combined with at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience leading and implementing international development programs or, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least 8 years of relevant experience.
- Specific technical expertise in protection, economic empowerment, alternative education, or violence prevention programming for youth.
- Demonstrated ability in leading programs in Latin America. Experience with similar programming in Colombia is preferred.
- Experience implementing USAID programming.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
- Excellent written communication and presentation skills in Spanish. English language competency preferred.
- Colombian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
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