Chief of Party II, Education

Chief of Party II, Education

CRS - Catholic Relief Services


Job Summary:

As Chief of Party II you will provide vision, leadership, and overall management of the USAID Basic Education Quality and Transitions from Primary to Lower Secondary Education Activity to improve foundational reading, math, and socio emotional (SEL) skills and increase survival and transition rates from primary to lower secondary in rural Guatemala. Your strategic leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in the fields of youth and education. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation, and consolidation of the USAID Basic Education Quality and Transitions from Primary to Lower Secondary Education Activity, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability.
  • Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans and ensure the updating of such plans.
  • Promote, uphold, and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
  • Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Manage relationships with consortium partner organizations, with special emphasis on implementing CRS best practices related to partner capacity strengthening in preparation for the transition to local partner prime leadership. Organize review/planning workshops, as well as coordinate the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations for implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.
  • Required Languages – Professional fluency in English and Spanish in both written and oral communication.
  • Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Deputy Chief of Party
  • Technical Leads
  • Finance and Operations Leads

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Sr. Program Manager for Childhood and Youth, Head of Programs, Finance Director, Head of Operations, Supply Chain Manager, Human Resources

External: Ministry of Education General Directors and other high level MoE relationships, Departmental Education Directors, USAID Mission, partner consortium leads, private sector partners

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Excellent relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams and demonstrated coaching, mentoring and capacity building skills, including ability to effectively engage with teams remotely.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established leader in basic education sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Strong preference for candidates with previous USAID-funded project management experience.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships to build local capacity. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels to donors, civil society, academic institutions, and partner/peer organizations.
  • Experience in Guatemala or Central America strongly preferred.
  • Experience in MS Office package (MS Teams, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
  • At least 3 years as a COP or senior manager of projects of similar scope and complexity in the education and/or youth development sector.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Education, or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
  • 10 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
  • 7 years’ experience managing donor funds,
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management in compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  • 5 years of staff management experience with skills in teambuilding, adult learning, and staff development.
  • Extensive experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.

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