Deputy Chief of Party, USAID/Colombia Strengthening Together Activity

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 March 2021

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the DCOP will oversee program implementation, operations and logistics for all components of the program including rapid startup; supervision of day-to-day implementation of activities; and working with the Chief of Party to manage project staff, subgrantees, subcontractors, and consultants. S/he will be the primary point of contact with USAID/Colombia in absence of the Chief of Party with regard to day-to-day implementation and management matters related to the agreement. S/he will also oversee partnership engagements, including the operationalization, documentation, and reporting of the Activity’s cost-share plan. The DCOP supports the Chief of Party to meet the project’s technical objectives, manage financial resources, program staff, partnering agreements, maintain good working relationships with host government officials and local partners, manage donor reporting and ensure a high-quality delivery of services.

Key Responsibilities

· Working closely with the COP, ensure programmatic and operational oversight for quality day-to-day implementation of the Activity.

· Oversee grants management, financial management, and procurement and ensure compliance with USG rules and regulations and consistency with Pact’s policies, procedures, and best practices.

· Oversee the development, operationalization, and reporting of cost-share plan, including developing the necessary partnerships, processes, and engagements to ensure the Activity’s compliance with funder cost-share requirements.

· Support program planning, including annual work planning and budget development, including ensuring the alignment of the budget to expected results.

· Support narrative and financial reporting efforts, in close coordination with the COP, as well as the grants and finance teams.

· Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.

· Supervise and mentor grants and finance staff to ensure that the project is being implementation in compliance with funder rules and regulations, Pact’s policies and procedures, and in line with the Activity’s objectives.

· Liaise with program partners, stakeholders, including host government officials and donors as needed.

· As needed, backstop the Chief of Party, serving in their stead and assuming all required responsibilities.

Basic Requirements

· At least seven (7) years of experience in working on development in Colombia

· Relevant technical experience in alliance building and donor-funded or private sector development projects.

· Previous experience implementing international cooperation activities, management staff, and working with local partners.

· Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field.

· Mandatory proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and functional proficiency in English.

· Knowledge of USAID and other funder rules and regulations as related to subgrants, procurement, compliance, and cost principles.

· Track record of effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.

· Ability to problem-solve difficult issues and to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications

· Fluency in English

· A demonstrated track record of successfully working with civil society organizations in a role administering or supporting the management of grants.

· Experience in capacity development programming, especially as related to organizational capacity development

· Experience with programs with cost share requirements

· Strong understanding of budgets

· Competence using common desktop applications and internal systems

· Colombian nationals encouraged to apply

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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