Deputy Chief of Party- Guatemala

Location GT
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/30/2018 12:36 PM)
Job ID
International Positions


Jhpiego seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to provide project and technical guidance for an upcoming for an upcoming USAID nutrition, maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning (FP) project in Guatemala. The project aims to strengthen national government policies, their implementation at the local level, and health systems to expand access to improved nutrition and health services and encourage normative changes at the community level to increase uptake of healthy behaviors. The project will operate over a five-year period.


The DCOP will work closely with technical implementation teams to ensure the project is progressing towards expected results.  S/he will also work with M&E staff to ensure project deliverables are monitored and course corrections are identified and implemented as appropriate. Other responsibilities will include supervising project management or operational staff, overseeing annual work planning, leading the design, implementation and reporting of project activities, and the management of projects as required.  In the absence of the Chief of Party, the DCOP may be required to undertake the responsibilities of that position on a temporary basis.


This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Guatemalan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide day-to-day technical and programmatic oversight for design, planning and implementation of activities in support of the project goals and objectives
  • Foster relationships with local implementing partners as a representative of Jhpiego and the project
  • Facilitate the project team member’s relationship with their designated counterparts within USAID, the Ministerio de Salud Pública, as well as private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Guatemala, such as NGOs and CSOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Facilitate annual work planning, in close collaboration with USAID, Ministerio de Salud Pública, COP, project team and project partners
  • Contribute to the mentoring, and managing a team of highly qualified staff and aligns their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Oversee technical and programmatic capacity building for subcontractors and subgrantees
  • Responsible for development of accurate and timely project reports to USAID, in line with USAID reporting requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree (Masters minimum) in public health, health administration, public administration, business administration; MD or RN preferred
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a mid-to-senior management (project administrative and financial) position for large (approximately $25 million), complex, multi-year international health sector development projects that have implemented successful activities in areas such as nutrition, maternal and child health and family planning
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID’s projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local capacity development efforts, including working with local partners to ensure adherence to all sub-award requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and work with teams to produce high quality project deliverables on time and according to budget
  • Demonstrated understanding of how USAID country programs are organized, supported and managed in the nutrition, maternal and child health and family planning areas
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in financial planning and management, human resources, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of project technical and operational staff
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
  • Previous experience working in Guatemala, with intimate understanding of the local health system and nutrition,  maternal and child health and family planning care gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships with government agencies
  • Excellent Spanish and English verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical and operational capacity of staff in regional and national projects
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • In depth knowledge financial software applications, databases and spreadsheets, including Microsoft Office packages and QuickBooks Enterprise
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 40%

Preferred Qualifications

Please submit and English version of your CV.


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