Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Chief of Party - Guatemala

    Job Locations GT-Guatemala City
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  • Overview

    Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the Participación Cívica Project in Guatemala. This is a full time position based in Guatemala City. This position will report to Counterpart’s Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean based in Washington, DC. As COP, this position will represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national partners, and other relevant donor organizations in Guatemala. The COP will provide strategic vision and technical leadership on issues of government accountability and transparency, civil society engagement.  S/he will also provide financial and administrative oversight and day-to-day management of the program. The COP will also oversee staff performance and development to ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications. Local and regional candidates are encouraged to apply.


    The Participación Cívica Project is a five-year initiative funded by USAID and implemented by Counterpart International in partnership with local and international organizations. Its overall goal is to strengthen and develop the capacity of civil society organizations to play a more effective role in addressing accountable governance, transparency and citizen security issues.


    • Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations (e.g. USAID), and Counterpart policies and procedures.
    • Establish and maintain critical working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders (civil society, Government of Guatemala) to secure buy-in and active participation in program activities.
    • Build an integrated vision among diverse project components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
    • Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.
    • Liaise with the USAID mission (and other donors as applicable), civil society organizations, local government officials, and other local and international partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements of results.
    • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
    • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
    • Oversee field office finances and administration of sub-contracts and sub-awards.
    • Oversee field office HR practices, ensuring hiring, employee evaluations and promotions are in compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures.
    • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
    • Participate in specialized content (technical) events such as workshops and roundtables, support knowledge management, and share learning across key networks.
    • Coordinate activities between the field office and Counterpart Headquarters.
    • Ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
    • Assume financial accountability and facilitate successful implementation of the program.
    • Leverage networks, program investments, and project successes to seek opportunities for program expansion and promoting Counterpart’s practice areas.


    • A Master’s degree transparency, public administration, public procurement, open budget processes and financial management, tax administration, or a related field.
    • To substitute the education requirement,12 years of senior management experience of high politically sensitive projects in any (or combination of) the following fields: regulatory reform, public procurement, government ethics regimes, inspector general/ombudsmen offices, complaint mechanisms and whistle-blower protections and/or municipal oversight.
    • Sensitivity towards inclusion issues, such as gender analysis and integration of activities to close gender gaps.
    • Extensive knowledge and experience working with civil society and host government in politically charged context.
    • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, constrictive engagement, stakeholder mapping, political-economic analysis, donor relations.
    • Previous experience in managing complex USG or bilateral donor-funded projects with large sub-grants portfolio.
    • Knowledge of USAID development approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with local and international implmenters and seek synergies and complementarities to maximize results.
    • Excellent public speaking and writing skills in English and Spanish; fluency in both required.
    • Experience in Latin America, prior experience in Central America strongly prefered.
    • Strong multicultural, interpersonal, and supervision skills


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