Chief of Party, International/Sustainable Landscapes – CARE USA


CARE seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to be based in El Salvador for an upcoming, 4 to 5 -year, USAID-funded project in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The anticipated region-wide project will focus on improving sustainable landscapes and livelihoods of Latin America’s poor, particularly women, through access to finance, community governance and biodiversity, improving agriculture competitiveness and increased economic opportunities. The project will have a strong emphasis on biodiversity, landscape conservation, and sustainable growth in Central America, connecting the rural poor to markets and financial services, partnership development with the private sector for economic growth as well as a strong emphasis as well as climate change/adaptation activities. 
The COP will lead the planning and implementation of the project, overseeing all aspects, including programmatic, financial, administrative, and personnel. S/he will ensure that all project interventions are of a high quality and lead to measurable impact. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the annual work-plan preparation, identifying external technical support needs, ensuring that appropriate management practices are being used in project implementation and the monitoring and evaluation systems are being used to provide timely management information.   Additionally, the CoP will maintain appropriate levels of communication with all implementing partners and sub-contractors and will coordinate and represent all project activities with the donor, and all relevant institutions, CSOs and private sector partners.
  • Advanced degree in international development, public policy, social sciences, or related field.
  • 10-15 years of experience with inclusive financial services and sustainable agriculture value chains development, with at least five years at a senior management level.
  • Previous CoP/DCoP experience in financial services, sustainable agriculture value chain development and/or livelihoods related project.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID regulations, systems and procedures for managing complex grants programs with many partners and customers is mandatory.
  • Excellent knowledge of the constraints and opportunities to accessing financial services and market.
  • Extensive experience working with local implementing partners in support of their development.
  • Extensive experience integrating gender into livelihoods programming.
  • Demonstrated success and ability to design and deliver large USAID funded programs.
  • Ability to plan strategically to meet project objectives, manages budgets, oversee the work of implementing partners and produce donor reports.
  • Strong people management skills with the ability to provide guidance and support.
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish. Knowledge of USAID jargon is a considerable advantage.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Expected Travel: Up to 60%
  • Anticipated start date: January 2013
Deadline: August 29th