Chief of Party

Tags: Human Rights Law finance
  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 May 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 10 July 2020

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting for a Chief of Party for an upcoming project in Colombia, Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (Venezuelan Migrant Rights Activity). The goal of the project is to support a transition from short-term humanitarian assistance for migrants to long-term development assistance for migrants, Colombian returnees, and receptor communities. It will focus on strengthening local systems, processes, and the capacity of the Government of Colombia (GOC) and non-state actors, such as those in civil society, academia, the media, and the private sector.

The Chief of Party (COP) has a high-level coordination role, and an adaptative management leadership position. He/she should lead co-creation processes with the consortium whose members should feel represented by him/her in public scenarios and with USAID. The COP will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the global USAID-funded human rights program (PROGRESS) consortium, project partners and relevant project stakeholders. The COP will have primary responsibility for achieving and executing the project’s vision and strategy, managing critical relationships with key partners to maximize synergy and collaboration, and ensuring that all contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Foster a one-team approach and collaborative mindset among PROGRESS consortium members tasked with implementing elements of the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos project, ensuring that each member is able to apply its technical leadership within their areas of expertise.
  • Lead the co-creation of ongoing strategic planning and reflection processes with implementing partners.
  • In close coordination with the project’s Deputy Chief of Party, oversee project activities, recruitment of project personnel, providing leadership to the project team to ensure integration of activities and high-quality programming to achieve project results, as well as the sustainability of project’s interventions.
  • Ensure that do-no-harm principles are incorporated and apply adaptive management practices throughout the life of the project to ensure responsiveness of programming to an evolving context.
  • Serve as the project’s primary liaison with USAID, PROGRESS Consortium, key partners, governments, private sector and other key project stakeholders.
  • Oversee project deliverables, such as development of work plans and operating budget, and coordinate with finance and admin staff in Pact Colombia and HQ to ensure cost-effective use resources.
  • Provide strategic management and oversight of the project’s subaward portfolio, including oversight of rapid response activities.
  • Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner and ensure that all project reporting requirements are met to the highest standards.
  • Convene and lead regular briefings with key stakeholders, including government entities, key partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant in-country initiatives, both USG-funded and other donor-funded programs.
  • Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Pact’s thought leadership in capacity development and governance.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Basic Requirements

  • At least 10 years of experience implementing governance, human rights, rule of law, civil society, migration, and/or community development programs, with at least 5 years of experience in a senior leadership role under a USAID program.
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field, such as human rights or international development.
  • Fluency in Spanish; Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Colombia.
  • Demonstrated ability to think ‘outside of the box’ to design and implement innovative and adaptive programmatic approaches.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading or implementing human rights-focused programming, especially with a gender and social inclusion (GESI) lens.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on the complex dynamics driving regional migration and areas of potential response for addressing the socio-economic and political risks of migrants and host communities.
  • Colombian National strongly preferred.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.