Chief of Party, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Activity, Colombia

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Country: Colombia
Organization: ACDI/VOCA
Closing date: 1 Jan 2021

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

Chief of Party, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Activity, Colombia

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a highly qualified Chief of Party for an upcoming Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Activity. We are seeking a dynamic and proven leader with technical expertise and experience managing donor-funded programs in complex environments. This Activity will contribute to Indigenous Peoples’ and Afro-Colombians’ self-determined development by strengthening organizations’ capacity, increasing communities’ access to socio-economic opportunities and participation in peace implementation, and increasing society’s respect for ethnic heritage and cultural diversity. The position is based in Bogotá, Colombia, and the 5-year program is expected to start in 2021.


  • Lead overall technical vision, project management, and implementation of the project. Spearhead strategy development and utilize managerial tools and frameworks to improve the ability of the team to achieve project goals successfully and sustainably.
  • Effectively manage and supervise technical and finance/operations teams, including ensuring coordination between team leads, providing coaching and mentoring, and fostering a collaborative and adaptive work environment.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding implementation and management matters relating to the contract. Ensure high-quality, efficient, and effective performance of the project in accordance with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Manage relationships with subcontractors and evaluate sub-contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits, and reporting requirements. Manage and supervise work of all international consultants and local staff.
  • Lead collaboration, learning, and adaption (CLA) efforts with internal and external collaborators, adapting program as needed to optimize results per learning and contextual changes.
  • Oversee preparation and supervision of project work planning, budgets and pipeline analyses, performance management, and strategic communications. Facilitate the development of the project’s theory of change, oversee the implementation of the work plan, and track progress towards core indicators and learning objectives.
  • Ensure that the activities and results are implemented in a timely manner within the approved budget.
  • Make verbal or written presentations as requested by the client to varied audiences.
  • Assure that assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all staff in country.


  • Master’s degree in business administration, economics, agriculture, development studies, psychology, or related field from an accredited university.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible management experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and complexity. USAID contract management experience is highly preferred.
  • Established track record of achieving results in complex environments is required. Experience working in Colombia highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in project designs, strategic planning, and implementation of market systems, agriculture, and resilience activities. Proven leadership in adaptive management and CLA approaches.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience improving inclusion and empowerment of underserved and marginalized groups of market actors including indigenous people and Afro-Colombians, women, youth, rural smallholders, and others.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to lead collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of relevant stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with USAID rules and regulations is required.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

Colombian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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