POA is looking for a Chief of Party (COP), with vast knowledge of the Colombian cacao value chain and broader agriculture sector, to provide overall vision, technical and administrative leadership, and expertise for the program. The COP will manage all aspects of program implementation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management interventions. The COP will take a leadership role in coordinating the program team, consortium members, public and private sector partners, and will liaise with USDA as necessary. The COP will be responsible for ensuring that programmatic implementation meets expected standards of technical quality in compliance with USDA requirements, including monitoring, evaluation, and learning. S/he will ensure completion of reports, evaluations, analyses, assessments, and deliverables in compliance with USDA quality standards.
The COP will be based in Bogota, Colombia with occasional travel to Washington, DC. This position will report to the Vice President of Economic Development & Health.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Lead, supervise and manage all program staff, including consortium members and program staff, and work closely with POA management and support staff (including finance, administration and program);
Ensure that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of the donor agreement and meet the expected technical quality standards, and that the strategic objectives and results of the program are accomplished;
Manage all operations related to the project according to the work plan, project documents and implementation strategy;
Develop and manage relationships with the public and private sector partners;
Provide overall supervision for the implementation and integration of all program activities and provide overall direction to daily implementation plans to ensure all program goals are met;
Manage funds and other resources for the program;
Prepare status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed, and ensure timely reporting to USDA;
Oversee the design, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the project in accordance with M&E requirements;
Ensure program activities are implemented and monitor the achievement of results, ensuring compliance with project indicators;
Ensure the delivery of high-quality training, technical assistance, and administrative and financial support to all partner agencies and government, including the selection and coordination of sub-grantees and consultants;
Provide leadership and oversight to the consortium, ensuring that all members work cooperatively and that sub-grantees meet targets for their portion of program activities according to their scopes of work and sub-award terms;
Serve as primary contact to USDA, the public and private sector, and the host country government;
Ensure staff compliance with all USDA and POA administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations; and
Lead and manage POA’s program team, including staff with administrative related duties, and consortium staff, to ensure that they can successfully and efficiently implement program activities and achieve objectives.
Knowledgeable technical expert well versed in cacao and complementary crops, landscape approaches, with experience in Colombia.
Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, agricultural economics, agribusiness or a related field;
Minimum 10 years of increasingly higher levels of responsibility working in international development, preferably in commercial value chains, food security, and economic growth with an emphasis on development and marketing of agricultural products;
Chief of Party-level experience on USDA and/or USAID-funded economic growth, livelihoods, rural agriculture or food security projects is preferred;
Demonstrated capabilities in managing complex consortium or partner relationships, institutional capacity building, high level strategic vision and leadership, and experience working effectively with private sector, civil society, local, regional and central-level government authorities and with USDA, USAID, or other US Donor is preferred;
Demonstrated experience working with farmer cooperatives in market development, value added processing, and the formation of market linkages to private sector actors;
Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures, preferably USDA, or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization preferred;
High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access; and
Full professional proficiency in Spanish required;
Full professional proficiency in English preferred;
Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. Only finalists will be contacted. POA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Partners of the Americas’ mission is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, POA is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC.
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