Coordinating between three countries, the Chief of Party (CoP) will lead the implementation of “ELLA: Empowerment, Local Leadership & Accountability for adolescent girls, and young women (AGYW)”, by ensuring the effective, timely and coordinated implementation of a 2-year project that contributes to increasing the realisation of the protection and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) rights of AGYW, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, refugees, and host communities, in all their diversity, in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
The project aims to achieve the following results in the three countries:
Increased individual and collective agency and resilience of AGYW, particularly among Venezuelan migrants and refugees, in all their diversity, to exercise their protection and SRH rights.
Strengthened protection and SRH systems provision of gender and adolescent-responsive and inclusive services for AGYW, particularly for Venezuelan migrants and refugees, in all their diversity.
Strengthened prioritisation and coordination of evidence-based, gender transformative protection and SRH responses for AGYW, especially Venezuelan migrants and refugees, by local organisations and local authorities.
The project’s objectives were designed in line with the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan 2021 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan and Plan International Venezuela Regional Response Programme that aims for, “Children and adolescents, especially girls, affected by the Venezuelan crisis to be resilient and fulfill their rights in safety and with dignity” and, its Specific Programme Objective 1, “Improve the protection of girls, boys and adolescents affected by the Venezuelan Crisis from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation”. Furthermore, this is a nexus project that goes beyond humanitarian relief to meet protection, sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), and SRH needs of AGYW. This approach will focus on de-normalising and preventing SGBV, case identification and referral, support to front-line workers, and bridging gaps between sectors.
The CoP is responsible to provide leadership for the full project and coordination of the overall management and technical support to ensure project goals are met. The CoP will provide direct leadership and guidance to Core team – Multi-country M&E, Finance and Protection Specialists; along with guidance to Project Managers/Coordinators in each country to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
A Project Management Committee will be responsible for providing operational direction to ELLA; conducting monthly reviews of activities and progress according to the Annual Work Plan (in line with budget expenditure); reviewing outcomes; identifying advocacy needs; resolving conflicts; reviewing operational risks; and agreeing on key actions to ensure smooth implementation and critical milestones are achieved. The Committee will meet monthly at project start-up and hold regular quarterly meetings thereafter. The CoP should coordinate with the committee assuring compliance from all actors involved. The Committee is comprised of:
Chief of Party
Representatives from each country (Country Directors or delegated representative)
Plan Canada Representatives
A competitive national package will be offered according to the country where the candidate be located, to attract the best candidate for this exciting role. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Dimensions of the Role
The CoP will be a local hire and will report to Country Director or a Management of the managamentTeam (or who is assigned) in the country of residence and dotted line to Plan Canada´s Senior Program Manager.
Fixed-term contract up to 2 years (according to the law of the country where the position be located)
The position will represent the implementing countries to the donor through the Plan Canada Senior Program Manager
The CoP will provide strategic guidance on the implementation for the project budget: over 9 million CAD
The position will lead and closely interact/follow up the work of a core team of 3 Multi-country Specialists:
M&E Specialist based in Colombia
Finance Specialist based in Ecuador
Protection Specialist (with SGBV and SRHR expertise) based in Peru
Primary responsibilities include providing overall leadership, management, and general technical direction of the project, assuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and ensuring programme performance, achievement of programme requirements and adherence to donor regulations.
Provide direct leadership and guidance to Core team – Multi-country M&E, Finance and Protection Specialists; along with guidance to Project Managers/Coordinators in each country to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork
Ensure roles, responsibilities, and performance expectations are clearly communicated and understood by the full project team.
Participate in regional staff and consultant recruitment, in collaboration with human resources and program stakeholders in each country as required.
Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures
Program Management, Compliance and Reporting
Lead high-quality, results-oriented program planning, implementation, and reporting in compliance with donor, government, and partnership agreements.
Design and oversee project cycle management processes for the full program, inclusive of start-up, annual planning, monitoring, and close-out in collaboration with each country team
Oversee the process of consolidation of high-quality and timely donor reports, annual work plans, and deliverables across three countries and transmission of the deliverables to Plan International Canada
Closely track the utilization and disbursement of programme funds with the support of the Multi-country Finance Specialist at the country and Plan Canada level, ensuring that funds are committed, re-allocated, and expended in a timely and efficient manner
Financial management in coordination with the finance and compliance teams and provide early alerts about over or underspending which implies adjustments in financial planning, including approval requests to the donor through Plan Canada.
Close interaction with Plan Canada´s Program Manager (PM) and Compliance Manager on issues related the overall management of the Project in compliance with the Grant Agreement.
Close coordination with the PM to prioritize Canada technical assistance plan for the project.
Be responsible to establish, maintain and manage a risk register for the project.
Communication and Coordination
Promote close cooperation and communication of relevant staff within Plan International Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, as well as at Plan International Canada to ensure overall direction and coherence of the project
Promote coherence in programme approaches and strategies across the three countries
Share experiences, lessons learned and lead knowledge management
Monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management with support of multi-country M&E Specialist to ensure implementation against the indicators and benchmarks established in the project document and the annual work plans in a quality and timely manner.
Conduct field or virtual, visits to each country
Organize and facilitate relevant committees and coordination meetings between key stakeholders in accordance with the project’s management and governance structures.
Support advocacy efforts in each country
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
Essential Knowledge and Experience
Master’s degree or equivalent in a related development field or evidence of relevant experience
Demonstrable, progressive experience in leaderships and management of Protection / Gender /
Migrant and Refugee projects
Understanding of Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE, Red Cross/NGO Code of Conduct, INEE and CPiE minimum standards, and other relevant international standards for humanitarian response as well as NEXUS approach.
Previous working experience in humanitarian action in Peru, Colombia or Ecuador. Previous working experience in project management in emergency response context with migrants and refugees and/or NEXUS approach
Previous working experience managing multi country programme/project
Strong knowledge of, and experience with, procedures for managing government donor funded grants including Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
Experience of working for INGOs in senior positions, preferably in the Latin America Region
Previous Project Management experience of projects over 8 million USD
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively without the need for close supervision
Essential Skills and Behaviours
Excellent bilingual (Spanish and English) oral and written communication abilities – mandatory
Ability to compile and finalize reports, analysis, briefing notes and prospective short-and medium-term management information
Be able to take responsibility, make decisions and monitor implementation in a timely manner, tracking program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems
Strong project financial and human resource management skills
Strong negotiating, facilitation & influencing skills
Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills
Ability to work under pressure in an evolving humanitarian emergency and protracted crisis, and implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables;
Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary & multicultural environment with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local partners, government officials, donor representatives, and international staff
Strong team-building and motivational skills, including remote management, promoting high-quality standards, innovation and learning
Ability to develop and put in place systems and processes to manage and share large quantities information
Demonstrated collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate
Ability to respond on short notice, multi-task and meet deadlines
Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
Strong Skilled in finance, administration, information management and telecommunication and proficient in IT/computer skills (including sound MS Teams, Excel and Word proficiency)
Trustworthy with high standards of integrity and transparency in all his/her actions to become a role model for the entire organization.
Location: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador. Must already reside and work in one these countries- Remote work
Type of Role: Fixed Term
Reports to: Country/ Executive Director
Grade: E / Level 17
Closing Date: 23rd of March 2022
How to apply:
Please apply in the following link;