Deputy Chief of Party I, Youth Workforce Development

Catholic Relief Services
  • Location
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description

CRS is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated Youth Workforce Development program in Honduras funded by USAID. The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) acts as the Chief of Party (COP) in the absence of the COP. The DCOP will be responsible for management of the technical activities and implementation of the project. The position is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and is anticipated to start in 2020.The Deputy Chief of Party will support the Chief of Party in developing the strategic direction and providing technical advice across all program components in the planning, designing and implementation of activities. S/he will work closely with partners and their technical teams to ensure integration across organizations and objectives.

Job Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party will oversee field-level program activities and ensure program targets are met. In the absence of the Chief of Party, the DCOP will assume responsibility for coordinating award management and implementation tasks, liaise with USAID on technical matters, and respond to the inquiries. The position is based in Honduras.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project. Serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed;
  • Assist with problem solving, crisis management and technical guidance. Assist with the development of program budgets and resolve routine operating problems as they arise;
  • Manage key function of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Support project planning and manage delivery-agent capacity-building activities. Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures;
  • Lead partnership formation efforts with the private and public sector for employment-geared education and skills development programs for youth;
  • Provide leadership in identifying inclusive market development opportunities, understanding evolving market and food system trends, conducting targeted research on new/potential market channels, business models, or partnerships;
  • Ensure approaches that promote gender equality, youth engagement, and social inclusion are integrated into programming and effectively implemented; regularly identify and apply learning, refining approaches as needed to close gender gaps and promote social inclusion across project activities and within the market system;
  • Coordinate the development of, implementation of, and timely reporting on the program including preparing and/or assisting in developing all reporting requirements, templates and periodic reports (quarterly, semi-annual and sporadic) to the donor, government, CRS headquarters, and other partner organizations;
  • Effectively supervise the senior programmatic and field team managers. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff;
  • Ensure a work environment that is non-discriminatory and promote open dialogue on gender-related issues;
  • Prioritize, organize, distribute, and coordinate workflows as well as mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans;
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID;
  • Coordinate activities with government officials, other implementers, stakeholders, and institutions active in the target areas. Play a lead role in interacting with key implementing partners and other development partners. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles. Represent CRS at meetings, workshops, and other events as required. Establish relationships with public and private sector stakeholders;
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance;
  • Travel to field program sites as required and appropriate.

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in Spanish required, English preferred.


  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50 %.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions;
  • Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship;
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area;
  • 5 years’ relevant management and technical experience;
  • 3 years experience managing donor funds. Knowledge and experience in budget management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as education, management, business, social sciences, or development studies is desired;
  • At least 5 years in DCOP or technical management roles on USAID and/or US-DOS projects;
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects;
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment;
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus;
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems;
  • Demonstrated experience working in the education or workforce development sector in Latin America, particularly in Honduras. Desired experience includes work in alternative education, monitoring and oversight, and partnership formation. Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  • Effective record of building relationships with governmental organizations, academic institutions as well as private and community organizations;
  • English Fluency.

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