Palladium is a global company working to design, develop and deliver positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe; broaden access to health, water, power, and infrastructure; build enduring, sustainable, and transformative institutions and market systems to address global challenges; and conserve the natural world. We operate in over 90 countries and have a workforce of 4,000 talented, motivated, and diverse staff of all religions, races, languages, and gender identities.
An upcoming project will establish and manage a flexible, quick-response mechanism to implement activities to support stability, increase resilience, and address rising insecurity in Ecuador in collaboration with civil society and government counterparts.
The Chief of Party (COP) serves as the designated lead for overall management of the in-country relationship with the client; provides leadership; and is responsible for all aspects of field management and oversight, including reporting of progress and ensuring quality of activities undertaken.
Under the guidance and technical direction of the client, the COP provides oversight of activities and supervision of program staff while ensuring appropriate small grants and activity design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, project start-up and close-out, and compliance with USAID rules and regulations. The COP will remain apprised of the local political, legal, and economic situation and how to continuously adapt the program.
This is a full-time position based in Ecuador and contingent upon contract award.
You and Your Career:
If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, and doer, and you have expertise in quick response programming, we are interested in hearing from you. We are a learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start. We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!
Reporting and Supervision:
The COP will supervise the Senior Management Team and report to the Home Office Point of Contact.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Managing the in-country relationship with the donor and working in close consultation with and under the guidance of the country representative (CR).
Making key decisions and solving problems in fast-paced environments while ensuring operational and program integrity under the overall program direction of the donor.
Providing oversight of grant and program activities, ensuring appropriate procedures are established and complied with for grant design, development, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and grant closeout.
Contributing to the design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) system at activity and program levels under the guidance of the donor’s country representative and ensuring learnings are incorporated into subsequent activity and program design.
Ensuring that relevant staff use, maintain, and consistently contribute to the donor Activity Database, and that data is accurate, consistent, and complete.
Key Competencies Required:
Experience working in a developing country with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program.
A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience and a bachelor’s degree or ten (10) years of relevant work experience without a bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience entails working in complex, high-speed, and/or challenging field operations in developing countries. At least three (3) years of this experience shall include managing field operations.
A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience.
Experience with programs that provide high-quality, quick impact delivery of assistance in evolving, transitioning, or unstable environments.
Experience with complex political transition and/or conflict environments.
Experience with grants management including small grants under contract programs.
Experience in hiring and supervising host country local personnel and providing appropriate training and capacity development to meet program needs when required.
Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting, and procurement).
Experience with activity design, development, and implementation.
Fluency in written and oral English. Demonstrated working fluecy in Spanish.
Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:
Prior experience working in Ecuador and/or Latin America.
Experience supervising culturally and geographically diverse staff.
Experience with in-kind and/or small grants.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up and close-out under time constraints.