Chief of party | Costa Rica | 2021

Country: Costa Rica
Organization: Chemonics
Closing date: 6 Aug 2021

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded Regional Disaster Assistance Program (RDAP). The chief of party will oversee project activities across more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, take responsibility for successful performance of regional teams, and liaise with national and local stakeholders and BHA. Individuals with experience working with BHA on disaster management and response programming are highly encouraged to apply. This program is in the proposal stage and the position is contingent upon the future solicitation and USAID’s award decision for the new program. This role is based in San Jose, Costa Rica, with expected frequent international travel to other countries in the region, depending on project needs. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, technical direction, and oversight for all project activities and ensure that targeted results are achieved
  • Develop, communicate, and present the project’s strategic vision to staff, BHA, and all counterparts and stakeholders
  • Deliver effective strategies to support USAID to lead responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies, and build capacity of national emergency management systems, ministries, communities, and local and regional entities to mitigate and respond to disasters
  • Lead efficient monitoring, evaluation and learning approach to achieve results
  • Provide guidance and technical direction to project partners
  • Approve selection and hiring of staff and consultants and supervise their performance
  • Manage project budget and fund allocations and ensure accurate financial recordkeeping
  • Lead meetings and maintain relationships with local government officials and relevant stakeholders to build relationships of trust and cooperation to respond to and prepare for disasters effectively


  • Advanced degree in international affairs, economics, environmental studies, public administration, public policy, business administration, or another relevant field; relevant post-education experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of international development experience, preferably in Latin America or the Caribbean. A minimum of 2 years of field experience on a BHA or similar project, including supervisory experience leading and mentoring host-country teams
  • Chief of party experience managing complex donor-funded programs of at least $10 million dollars and demonstrated capacity to manage regional teams and subcontractors
  • Experience working with USAID/BHA highly desired
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in disaster assistance, management, response, and disaster risk management required
  • Ability to lead and coordinate responses to natural disasters and complex emergencies
  • Experience building capacity of national emergency management systems, local ministries, communities, and other local and regional entities highly desired
  • Experience with development of training systems or course curriculum
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish a common vision for regional teams and promote a culture of collaboration through effective leadership
  • Experience implementing projects with gender and protection considerations, ensuring program outcomes meet the needs of women and girls and other vulnerable groups (i.e., indigenous people, individuals from LGBTI communities, and individuals with disabilities)
  • Ability to liaise and navigate effectively with government agencies, host-country government officials, universities, private sector stakeholders, and other donors
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required
  • Ability to relocate to San Jose, Costa Rica

How to apply:

Application Instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Chief of Party” in the subject line to at your earliest convenience. Application deadline is August 6, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Chemonics values the protection of your personal data. If you are in the European Union, please read our EU Recruiting Data Privacy Notice to learn how we process personal data. You may access the notice via the following link:

Apply to Job

Related Job Vacancies

Secretary - ASN Trustee Board

Area Manager

Consultancy - Reviewing Palestine international law policy brief

Enrollment Data Assistant - Yobe