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Chief of Party (COP)

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Intibucá, Honduras

Organization: CARE

Job Summary

The Chief of Party (COP), located in La Esperanza, Intibucá, provides overall leadership and direction of the PROLEMPA Project funded through Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) as part of Canada’s commitment to supporting rural economic development in the Honduran Dry corridor.  The Project seeks to improve the economic well-being of small-scale entrepreneurs and producers, in particular women, youth and indigenous people. The incumbent leads and manages the Project through a combination of technical assistance, local capacity building, local tourism and coffee value chain women-led Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) interventions both for CARE’s operational areas, and in alignment with Government of Honduras policies and structures. This includes personnel and financial management, administrative oversight, program quality assurance, management of the technical unit, and management of field teams in 25 municipalities located in the Departments of Intibucá, La Paz and Lempira.  The COP also ensures close coordination and collaborative relations with project consortium members (CARE (Lead), CESO and TechnoServe), technical partners (technical expertise from Financière Agricole du Québec – Développement International (FADQDI), and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Honduran national partners (municipalities, regions and private sector partners). S/he ensures CARE’s contribution to dissemination of program learning and achievements, and documentation of promising practices in programming within Honduras to assist evidence based decision on local rural economic development and women economic empowerment. The position is required to provide the vision and strategic leadership necessary to promote sustainable program design and implementation modality as well as effective management of the overall program.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

1. Staff supervision and talent management (25%)

·       Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, support, guidance and mentorship directly to Project staff in CARE’s operational areas in the Departments of Intibucá, La Paz and Lempira.

·       Oversee performance management of 9 based project staffs and project managers at the field offices.

·       Ensure consultative and coordination approach, through matrix management, with field office teams.

·       Ensure that all program staff have appropriate individual operational plans linked to program priorities and the Country Office’s Strategic Plan.

·       Develop and implement national staff development plans in line with CARE and the project objectives so that national staff are increasingly taking decisions, and are implementing programs effectively and efficiently.

·       Promote and model a working style aligned with the organization’s core values that encourages optimal performance of Project staff.

·       Complete all performance management activities including: performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals.

·       Provide ongoing feedback to program staff, recognizing and praising successes and pointing out failures that needing corrective measures.

·       The CoP will be responsible for ensuring that gender equality and diversity principles are upheld in the recruitment, orientation, performance and management of staff.

3. Strategic management and leadership (30%)

·       Lead planning and implementation of the program, overseeing all aspects (programmatic, financial, administrative, personnel management).

·       Ensure that all program interventions are of a high quality and lead to measurable impact. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the annual work plans preparation, identifying external technical support needs, ensuring that appropriate management practices are being used in project implementation and the monitoring and evaluation systems are being used to provide timely management information.

·       Ensure that all program resources are being used efficiently, effectively and transparently towards meeting program objectives.

·       Organize regular internal CARE program coordination meetings with project staff to follow-up on program progress, recommend as required corrective measures to address problem areas.

·       Manage the programmatic relationship with Global Affairs Canada in Honduras to ensure that program implementation proceeds to the satisfaction of all interests.

·       Lead the public relations aspects of the Project, including program launching, press releases, documentation of success stories and dissemination of results

·       In collaboration with finance staff, prepare annual budgets based on donor approved project contracts and ensure compliance with donor requirements.

·       Ensure appropriate utilization of fund codes for charging budget expenditures.

·       Monitor monthly budget burn rates and make adjustments when needed.

4. Networking, Learning and Representation (15%)

·       Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community and private sector partners and other stakeholders.

·       Participate in government coordination meetings held at regional and national levels to discuss program related issues.

·       Keep up to date with developments of external programming of other agencies including best practices in-country and internationally, and ensure CARE staff are applying these consistently in its programming.

·       Lead in documenting and coordinating information dissemination activities that share project achievements and results with the aim of influencing decision and policy-makers with regards to women economic empowerment and integrated local economic development among the project impact groups and partners.

·       Prepare and deliver formal presentations to stakeholders about program progress, challenges, lessons learned and needed adjustments.

·       Responsible for liaison on a regular basis with the assigned Global Affairs Canada projects’ Officer in country and other relevant donor staff to keep them abreast of the progress on the project implementation activities.

·       Coordinate in-country joint partnership meetings and activities for the PROLEMPA project.

6. Oversee program monitoring, evaluation and reporting (20%)

·       Participate in the design and implementation of program policies and procedures as well as monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure that the project will meet its objectives and expected results.

·       Ensure these are consistent with CARE and donor policies and procedures.

·       Ensure that the project under his/her supervision include an appropriate log-frame and/or results framework and M&E plan.

·       Oversee effective implementation of a monitoring system to collect baseline and periodic data for tracking program performance and supporting decision making.

·       Plan and conduct quarterly and annual project and program review meetings to assess progress, adjust plans, and draw/disseminate lessons learned.

·       Participate in field-based project steering committee meetings.

·       Plan and conduct program mid-term and final evaluations.

·       Responds and acts upon internal audit recommendations.

·       Write monthly/quarterly/annual comprehensive and high quality project progress reports, and ensure timely submission and approval of financial and narrative reports to the donor.

7. Perform other duties including assuring application of GED strategy (10%)

·       Ensure that gender equality and diversity values are upheld in the recruitment, orientation, performance and management of staff.

·       Ensure that proposals and reports make explicit reference to approaches used to address unequal gender relations.

·       Approve funding for a full slate of gender activities organizationally and programmatically.

·       Reinforce different interventions to build a better gender balance in staffing.

·       Enforce the sexual harassment policy and the gender and diversity policy and create a safe space or environment for reporting any sexual harassment issues or cases.

·       Maintain strategic partnership with NGOs and Government Services that directly or indirectly work on gender equality and women empowerment issues.

Safety and Security:

The incumbent will comply to CARE’s safety and security policies and procedures, promote a safe and secure work environment, and foster a safety and security culture.

Qualifications

Required

·       At least 7 years of experience in food security and economic development programming of which 4 must have been in a management position

·       Demonstrated project management experience with projects of similar size (12M CAD) and complexity

·       Solid experience in staff supervision and development.

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and English.

·       Proficiency in standard office software packages.

·       Excellent interpersonal skills.

·       Firm belief in and demonstrated commitment to gender equality, and sensitivity to HIV/AIDS,

Desired

·       Previous experience with Global Affairs Canada reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures.

·       French skills

Key Competencies

·       Ability to meet multiple deadlines under pressure.

·       Demonstrated skills in leadership; ability to inspire and empower others

·       Demonstrated technical and managerial ability, sound judgment, ability to interact and work effectively with others at all levels;

·       Respect - Behaving in a manner that reflects a true belief in and appreciation for the dignity and potential of all human beings. Gaining other people’s confidence and setting an environment of trust and openness.

·       Integrity - Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adhering to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.

·       Diversity - Promoting, valuing, respecting and fully benefiting from each individual’s unique qualities, background, race, culture, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyle, perspectives or interests; creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity.

·       Innovation: promoting endogenous and exogenous cost-effective, women-friendly and high impact initiatives and technologies

·       Initiating Action:  Able to initiate and follow through on actions.

·       Building Partnerships: Able to build new/strengthen existing partnerships and positive working relationships with diverse groups internal and external to CARE.

·       Effectively negotiate between and amongst various stakeholders.

·       Strategic decision-making.

·       Leading through vision and values. Coaching

Education & Training

Required

Master’s degree in appropriate technical field (e.g. Economic Development, Agriculture, Food Security, Geography, Sociology, nutrition, rural development or relevant social science) or Bachelor’s degree with extensive and pertinent professional experience.

Desired

Project Management Certification (PMP, Prince)

Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected.    

 

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