*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
World Vision Guatemala is accepting applications for a Chief of Party (CoP) for an anticipated $25 million five-year USAID-funded education project: Basic Education Quality and Transition to Lower Secondary Activity - BEQT). The new program will support the Ministry of Education and other key actors to improve the quality of education services, aiming to improving the quality of life of young people, particularly indigenous people and young women.
The objectives of the project are:
Reading, writing, math and social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes improved.
Rate of student transition to lower secondary increased.
Local capacity for sustainability acquired. The project will be implemented in Baja Verapaz, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, and San Marcos.
The CoP will be responsible for the overall planning and implementation of the project, as well as for the complete oversight of the project (programmatic, financial, and administrative aspects) and of the project staff. The CoP will lead the coordination with partners, as well as the Government of Guatemala, civil society, private sector and others. S/he will be responsible for communications with USAID to publicly represent the project and to establish contacts with government institutions and other stakeholders interested in issues related to education in Guatemala, particularly in the project's focus departments. The CoP will be responsible for ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and have a measurable impact.
Project Management and Implementation:
Direct and oversee the general planning, execution, reporting and management of the project, as well as the achievement of goals and objectives, ensuring compliance according to regulations and guidelines by World Vision and the donor.
Lead the members of the project team, ensuring communication and coordination among all to effectively achieve the objectives of the program. Ensure staff’s adequate technical capacity to manage complex projects financed by USAID.
Establish high-quality goals, ensuring compliance with technical standards, best practices, and donor guidelines. Establish and maintain effective processes for monitoring and evaluation, reporting, learning, and dissemination of results.
Ensure the timely presentation of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports and any other report required by the donor on established dates. Evaluate the effectiveness of the program and determine the necessary corrective actions to improve project performance.
Sustainability/ Capacity Building:
Promote the sustainability of project activities through the creation of links and integration with other programs, including WV and USAID programs in the country. Ensure capacity building and strengthening of community partners and organizations, and knowledge management to ensure the transfer of knowledge and responsibilities between the project and World Vision. Ensure adequate training and capacity building of the local organization selected to assume the management of the project.
Serve as the primary point of contact and collaboration of the project for World Vision and stakeholders in the country, including USAID, implementing partners, government partners, and other stakeholders.
Risk and Budget Management:
Manage the project budget within approved spending levels, ensuring execution through accurate and timely financial reporting to donors and WVUS staff. Ensure that project expenses are reasonable, in accordance with donor rules and regulations, ensuring satisfactory results of audits. Ensure that policies and guidelines (anti-fraud, child protection, anti-corruption, etc.) are in place and activated.
Project Management in Humanitarian Emergencies:
Responsible for coordinating with WV’s HEA sector in the response to humanitarian emergencies in the localities in which the project has an impact, ensuring coordination and alignment with World Vision's actions and response plans.
Others inherent to the position.
KNOWLDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Master's degree or specialization in public policy, education, political science, or related career. Preference to education, educational management, and pedagogy.
Bachelor's degree in public policy, political science, or related career.
Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals, leadership of large and diverse teams.
Excellent diplomacy skills and proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with USAID, senior government officials and other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs and the private sector.
Negotiation and conflict resolution.
Planning and administration.
Fluency in English and Spanish.
Seven to ten years’ experience in implementation of development programs and projects.
Experience in managing complex USG contracts and agreements required. Mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
Preferentially experience in the position of Chief of Party.
10 years of senior management experience.