Component Leads - Psycho-Social Support Services

  • Added Date: Thursday, 10 September 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 20 September 2020

Component Leads, Cuso International (Cuso)

Location: Bogota, Colombia

Reports to: Chief of Party (COP)

Language requirements: Fluency in Spanish required and high level of English preferred

Eligibility: Must be legally able to work in Colombia and minimum eight (8) years working in Colombia is required; relocation allowance is not provided

Status: Full-time permanent position; *this position is contingent upon successful award of the program and the selection of final applicants is subject to USAID approval***

Job Description:

Cuso, created in 1961, is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Cuso works in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean and currently has programming in 12 countries, including Colombia, in the areas of Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG), Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).

Cuso is seeking applications for three (3) Component Leads to manage each of following components 1) Psycho-Social Support Services; 2) Social and Community Resilience; and 3) Economic Empowerment and Private Sector, under the anticipated five-year USAID Weaving Lives and Hopes (WLH) program in Colombia, the purpose of which is to โ€œadvance reconciliation among victims, ex-combats, and other citizensโ€ related to the armed conflict. This program will provide support to community-based initiatives and civil society organizations that represent conflict survivors and advocate for conflict survivorโ€™s rights and access to services, particularly those related to mental health, social and community resilience and conflict resolution as well as economic empowerment and access to employment opportunities. The Component Leads, working under the direction of the COP, will directly manage and monitor the technical performance of his/her component staff and consultants and will oversee the effective undertaking of activities to reach concrete results.

Component Lead Main Duties:

In coordination with the Cuso Colombia office, Component Leads will be in charge of the following tasks:

ยท Assist the COP and Deputy COP Programmatic in preparation of annual work-plans and budgets, program activity updates, and other program-related communication and reporting materials;

  • Directly supervise and monitor the performance of the component staff and consultants;
  • Oversee and building of the capacities of the institutional and civil society counterparts in technical areas, as a part of the sustainability strategy;
  • Provide direct support in the development of trainings and mentoring strategies following initial assessments of training and mentoring functions at each institution;
  • Advise embedded staff at each institution of the Government of Colombia (GOC) in enhancing inter-departmental and inter-municipal coordination and communication;
  • Liaise with the GOC and other stakeholders (civil society groups and community-based groups) on technical issues to carry out, coordinate and supervise activities in order to achieve established objectives;
  • Participate in strategic planning and other high-level meetings with national, departmental, and local level government counterparts and other stakeholders, socializing and forwarding WLH objectives and yearly action plan;
  • Rapidly respond to requests for information from USAID and the COP;
  • Draft and edit related reports and deliverables for USAID and Cuso HQ, including program success stories in coordination with Communications Specialist;

ยท Travel within Colombia as needed; and

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Component Leads Required Qualifications:

ยท Bachelorโ€™s degree or higher in a relevant field such as psychology, social work, sociology, law, political science, economics, international development, health, or similar related area. Masterโ€™s degree in relevant fields;

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience;
  • A minimum of five (5) yearsโ€™ substantive experience in a field relevant to their component;

ยท At least three (3) years of experience in USAID programs;

ยท Demonstrated understanding of community-based service provision, including in the mental health area, peacebuilding and resilience building activities, economic empowerment, and/or economic empowerment and employment opportunities;

ยท Demonstrated commitment to GESI as well as youth and ethnic integration in the programmatic and operational aspects of WLH, as well as in team composition and inclusivity;

  • Experience developing positive, professional relationships with clients, colleagues, or business partners;

ยท Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experiences in programmatic leadership;

ยท Experience supervising teams is required;

  • Ability to work across various teams with excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to build consensus and navigate complex operating environments;

ยท Strong oral and written communication skills;

ยท Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in Spanish as well as in English; and

ยท Relevant computer software skills, including, at a minimum Microsoft Office.

This vacancy is archived.

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