Cuso International

Deputy Chief of Party (Operational)

Cuso International

Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) Operational, Cuso International (Cuso) Location: Bogota, Colombia Reports to: Chief of Party (COP) Language requirements: Fluency in Spanish is required; if English is not a native language, ability must be documented, as per the request for applications. Eligibility: Must be legally able to work in Colombia and minimum 10 years working in Colombia is required; relocation allowance is not provided Status: Full-time permanent position; *this position is contingent upon successful award of the program and the selection of final applicants is subject to USAID approval.* Job Description: Cuso, created in 1961, is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Cuso works in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean and currently has programming in 12 countries, including Colombia, in the areas of Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG), Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). Cuso is seeking applications for a DCOP Operational for the anticipated five-year USAID Weaving Lives and Hopes (WLH) program in Colombia, the purpose of which is to “advance reconciliation among victims, ex-combats and other citizens” of the armed conflict. This program will provide support to community-based initiatives and Civil Society Organizations that represent conflict survivors and advocate for conflict survivor’s rights and Access to Services, particularly those related to mental health, social and community resilience and Conflict Resolution, and economic empowerment and access to employment opportunities. The DCOP Operational, working under the direction of the COP, will be responsible for directing all the administrative, financial, and logistical aspects of the program as well as building capacity of program staff and partners ensuring that the program provides assistance within the budget and according to USAID rules and regulations, as well as Cuso policies and procedures. DCOP Operational Main Duties: In Coordination with the Cuso Colombia office and Canadian Headquarters (HQ), the DCOP Operational will be in charge of the following tasks: · Manage all operational aspects of the program, including overseeing program start-up, financial, administrative, information technology and close out of the program; · Oversee program activities related to human resources (HR), including recruitment, hiring, employment agreements, and on-boarding process for mobilization in coordination with Cuso HQ’s HR team; · Oversee activities related to Design and award of sub-grants, sub-contracts and on-boarding processes for mobilization in coordination with Cuso HQ designated team; · Prepare and negotiate complex budgets with sub-awardees and sub-contractors; · Oversee the administrative aspects of sub-awardees and sub-contractors; · Oversee a team of HR, financial and administrative staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained amongst the team members and activities are implemented as per annual work plans; · Assist the COP in collaborating with the Colombia office and Cuso HQ staff in scheduling, approvals, reporting, and budgeting; · Maintain program manuals based on Cuso policies and procedures, such as the program office operations, accounting, procurement, transportation, travel and safety and security as well as emergency response; · Oversee reporting to the Colombia office and Cuso HQ on estimated costs to complete the program, potential risks to successful implementation and monthly financial accrual reports; · Oversee the review of bank records for accuracy and ensure compliance with accounting guidelines and U.S. Government financial management regulations; · Ensure staff and partner knowledge of and familiarity with assistance responsibilities and requirements; · Support detailed necessary monthly and quarterly financial reporting to USAID and Cuso HQ; and · Travel within Colombia and/or internationally as needed. DCOP Operational Required Qualifications: · Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as business Administration, accounting, or finances. Master’s degree or higher preferred; · At least ten (10) years of professional experience managing operations of US government-funded programs; · At least six (6) years of experience supporting USAID programs; · Professional experience with supporting large scale ($20+million) and complex programs, including program start-up, execution, reporting, and close-out; · Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experiences in providing oversight to operational, logistic, and financial procedures and reports, management and support functions; · Experience supervising large teams is required; · Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations and compliance therewith; · Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills in Spanish and English; · Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and a team-player; and · Excellent Computer Software skills, including, at a minimum, Microsoft Office and Excel. Applications must be forwarded to hr.lac@cusointernational.org, with the competition Deputy Chief of Party Operational, Colombia clearly marked as the subject matter. Applications must be received by September 20, 2020, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Resumes should be written in English and no longer than 4 pages accompanied by a 1-page cover letter written in English. To be considered, résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential qualifications are met. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. No late applications will be considered.
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