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Chief of Party, Guatemala

Guatemala (Ciudad)
International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Position contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) to lead the anticipated USAID Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning (Nutrition/MCH/FP) program. The CoP position for the five-year program is contingent upon USAID award to World Vision. The CoP has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all grant activities, consortium members and staff. The CoP has principal responsibility for representation for the projects to USAID and local Government entities and provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to the Cooperative Agreement outcomes. S/he coordinates the implementation of all aspects of the program to ensure program quality and timely reporting to donors.

The CoP must demonstrate strong experience in US Government and sub-grantee management and operate within World Vision organizational structure, principles and values.

The COP is charged with leading a professional team in the accomplishment of the objectives and sub-objectives. S/he must have a broad vision linked with a clear understanding of how to get things done amid the constraints of the country context.

The COP should embrace the shared Guatemalan vision for the project and effectively manage available financial and human resources to make that vision a reality. S/he shall have depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, interpersonal skills and professional relationships to fulfill the requirements of the program description. Experience interacting with host country government agencies including local governments, development partners, and civil society organizations including community based organizations is essential.

The applicant must demonstrate strong experience in sub-grantee management, including building the capacity of local organizations, stakeholder relationship management and sub-grantees in U.S. government (USG) - supported grants. Coaching, advising, and enforcement are essential functions of this position. As the focus of this project is enhanced access to and utilization of quality maternal, child and adolescent health, family planning/reproductive, and nutrition services, the most competitive candidates will have experience in Nutrition/MCH/FP programs and expertise.


  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff.

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirement.

  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

  • Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

  • Provide spiritual leadership to the project team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical areas and other donor organizations.

  • Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.

  • Close cooperation with NO GAM lead for implementation of the GAM objectives as well as close collaboration within the NO GAM Unit on donor positioning, lessons learned, grant health and quality improvements

  • Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor.


  • A Master's degree in related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects. Experience managing a Health program will be an added advantage.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

  • Relevant technical expertise in MCH, Nutrition and/or Family Planning.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID and/or other funding agencies (Global Fund and other multilateral agencies); their policies and regulations.

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in Guatemala. Experience in the Western Highlands is preferred.

  • Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Excellent managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing large donor projects involving coordination with multiple program partners or institutions in Guatemala or the region.

  • Past experience of working with USG supported projects and knowledge of financial rules and regulations at a senior level.

  • Experience in developing program work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff and short-term technical assistance.

  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English and Spanish, and verbal communication skills in one or more local Guatemalan languages.

  • Excellent past performance references (Three contacts should be provided with e- mail address, phone, title, name)

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

  • Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required.

  • Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Speaking and writing fluency in Spanish and English are required.

  • Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required