Deputy Chief of Party - USAID Education Project, WV Guatemala

18865-18N09121
Guatemala
09-Jul-21
International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*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 Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) 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: 1. Reading, writing, math and social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes improved; 2. Rate of student transition to lower secondary increased; 3. Local capacity for sustainability acquired. The project will be implemented in Baja Verapaz, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, and San Marcos.

KEY RESPONSIBILIES:

Project Activity and Budget Management:

  • Assist the CoP in the management of the project, the monitoring, preparation, and timely presentation of reports that include financial reports and forecast, progress reports in relation to the annual work plan; changes in the workplan/timeline and / or modifications of the contract; among others. Manage the project budget within the approved levels. Ensure that project expenditures are consistent with approved budgets, project requirements, and that project operations are in full compliance with local accounting, labor, and tax laws. Search for efficiency. Provide experience and operational know-how to the strategic management of the project. Manage project activities, according to results and goals established in the framework of the project, the work schedules, and the adaptations required according to the context. Oversee procurement processes.

Collaboration with Associations and Organizations and Capacity Building:

  • Work closely with local partner organizations and other staff members developing and maintaining partnerships to meet project goals. Lead and build capacity in potential local partners, promoting effective collaboration in the project.

  • Work closely with the local organization that will take over the implementation of the project, working together with the Technical Specialist in Capacity Building, to ensure training and transfer of knowledge, resources and processes for an effective and successful transition.

Human Resources:

  • Provide the necessary support to ensure that all technical and project personnel function within approved budgets and in accordance with USAID and WV regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Promote staff integration and a good work environment.

Liaison:

  • Support the CoP in establishing successful external relationships. Coordinate with the government, partner organizations, and education networks. Work together with the CoP in the communications and coordination process with the donor, including communications on project execution, work plans and budget issues.

  • Ensure that all processes are fair and transparent, reviewing financial compliance and directly supervising their implementation.

  • Others inherent to the position.

KNOWLDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor of Public Policy, Political Science, Education, Business Administration or other related areas.

  • Desirable specialization in project management, international development or related fields.

  • Master of public policy, political science, education or other related fields desirable.

  • Technical knowledge in education, particularly transition to secondary, and in education projects with a gender, rural, indigenous approach.

  • Desirable field experience implementing development projects.

  • Experience and knowledge in managing USAID programs. Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

  • Strong analytical and computing skills and demonstrated knowledge of applications used for project management and supervision.

  • Management of multidisciplinary groups.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

  • Availability to travel.

  • 7 years of senior management experience in development project management, including complex project / grant management.