Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (CoP) for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Youth Resilience Activity (YRA) in Colombia. The proposed program will build the capacity of vulnerable youth, disengaged child soldiers, and former youth offenders to cope with the effects of crime and violence and reduce the risk of recidivism. In order to do so, YRA will develop peaceful and protective environments, strengthen the relationships among youth, their families, communities, and local authorities and provide alternative education and economic opportunities to at-risk youth. Using this comprehensive model, YRA will be better positioned to respond to the needs of violence-affected youth and their communities, support the prevention of recidivism by disengaged child soldiers and former youth offenders, and foster greater economic and social stability in Colombia. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The COP is responsible for the overall management and representation of the activity, and is ultimately accountable for the delivery of desired program results, an effective adaptive management approach, relationships with a range of stakeholders, and management of the program team and consortium.
- Lead overall program planning, putting in place team structures, technical and operational approaches, infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and feedback loops required for program delivery and success.
- Lead partnerships within the program consortium, as well as with external stakeholders as needed, to create the team work required for program success.
- Represent the program to donor officials, host government officials, partner representatives, local stakeholders, and team members. In particular, maintain strong and productive relationships with Government of Colombia officials (at central, regional and local levels) and a smoothly functioning program consortium.
- Integrate community-based, gender-transformative, and capacity building into activities, as appropriate and possible.
- Lead annual planning processes and associated donor resource requests; monitoring implementation progress as compared to these plans.
- Ensure the quality of all program deliverables, inclusive of activities, outputs, documentation and reporting.
- Ensure sound program financial management and reporting.
- Ensure sound program logistical and operational structures and management.
- Ensure compliance with donor, host government and Save the Children policies and procedures.
- Recruit, develop and manage the program team, ensuring that adequate and appropriate capacity building plans are in place and that Human Resources policies are appropriate for team retention and high performance.
- Demonstrate a commitment to gender and youth integration in the programmatic and operational aspects of the activity, as well as in team composition and inclusivity.
- Ensure that the program deploys an effective collaborating, learning and adapting approach, such that the activity is able to evolve in a changing context to achieve desired outcomes.
- Ensure that program strategies and activities directly engage with local stakeholders to promote self-reliance and sustainable outcomes among the beneficiary population.
- Oversee the program’s security management approach, working with country office counterparts.
- Comply with and promote Save the Children policies and practice for the program team and all interventions with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, and do no harm.
- A Master’s degree in a relevant field (development studies, international relations, social work, public health, business administration, etc.) combined with at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience leading and implementing international development programs.
- Specific technical expertise in protection, economic empowerment, alternative education, or violence prevention programming for youth.
- Demonstrated ability managing a program of a similar size and scope, preferably in Latin America.
- Experience implementing USAID programming.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
About Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
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- Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English and Spanish.