National Democratic InstituteClosing Date : 2017-01-15
Duty Station : Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Organization: National Democratic Institute
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a skilled Chief of Party based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The primary responsibilities of the position will be to provide overall management leadership and technical direction to the anticipated USAID-funded youth political leadership program in Guatemala. Fluency in both English and Spanish is required. Guatemalan nationals are encouraged to apply.

A multi-year commitment is expected for this position. This position is contingent upon the availability of funding for the anticipated youth political leadership program in Guatemala and donor approval of personnel. The Chief of Party will liaise with NDI's Resident Director for Guatemala and report to NDI's Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Primary Responsibilities

Provide overall management leadership and technical direction for NDI's youth political leadership program in Guatemala, including the planning and coordination of activities at the grassroots, mid-level and national level to harness emerging political leadership in Guatemala and incorporate youth from at-risk, high violence, urban marginalized communities with the goal of developing and inclusive, representative next generation of civil society and political leaders;

Manage activities supporting at-risk youth and politically active citizens to develop the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders and advocates for a more secure and accountable Guatemala;

Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Guatemalan civil society and government leaders, as well as donors, implementing partners, and the international community;

Manage a diverse team of project staff throughout Guatemala, and provide technical assistance, as needed, to program partners and beneficiaries on political organizing, advocacy, conflict resolution and mitigation, policy and platform development, and strategic communications;

Oversee program spending and the reconciliation of program expenses, ensuring adherence to NDI and donor financial rules and regulations;

Provide day-to-day management and professional development of national staff and international consultants, ensuring that program activities are completed effectively;

Ensure the timely submission of program materials, including work plans and regular reports that evaluate political, and program developments;

Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of program impact, results and high-quality data collection, analysis and reporting;

Liaise regularly with NDI's DC- and field-based teams to ensure well-timed support for program activities and compliance with NDI and donor policies.


Bachelor's Degree preferably in International Relations, political science or related subject, Master's Degree preferred; A minimum of twenty (20) years total experience with fourteen (14) years of experience in Latin America managing donor-funded programs, preferably related to youth political development;

Prior experience as a Chief of Party for a major multi-year program in the field of democracy, human rights and governance;

Demonstrated technical expertise in youth political organizing and engagement and/or violence mitigation with at-risk urban communities; experience in gender mainstreaming and inclusion of marginalized populations strongly preferred,

Demonstrated technical expertise and the management leadership experience necessary to implement large USAID-funded international democracy and governance development programs;

Experience managing USAID-funded programs with large subgrant components;

Demonstrated understanding of USAID reporting and monitoring and evaluation requirements;

Ability to build, mobilize and lead a multidisciplinary team while managing the planning, technical direction, implementation, budgeting, compliance and reporting of democracy and governance programs in a complex political environment;

Ability to define and address issues as they arise, and to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth, civil society, political and government leaders, as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community;

Demonstrated training experience and workshop facilitation skills;

Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policymakers;

Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;

Proven capacity to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer and advisor;

Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner;

Extensive project management and coordination skills;

Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues;

Experience working and living in Latin America and the Caribbean;

Knowledge of Google applications, PC-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, and e-mail technology;

Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish.


Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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