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CALL FOR Chiefs of Party, Operations Managers, and Transition Advisors - Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is a dynamic, fast-moving company that implements prime projects for USAID and the State Department. We specialize in strengthening local actors to achieve development and stability outcomes. We are committed to top-quality implementation, and, as a result, we were selected as USAID's Small Business of the Year. USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports U.S. foreign policy objectives by catalyzing local initiatives to advance stability, peace, and democracy in response to complex political crises. 

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Kaizen is seeking candidates to fill various staffing needs in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Please note that this is not a guarantee of hire, however, those included will be among the first of whom we would reach out to for assignments under this contract should it be awarded to Kaizen. Kaizen is seeking candidates on a rolling basis for the below key management roles:

Chief of Party: Serves as designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID/OTI and providing leadership for field management of the Task Order. Responsible for financial and program management, oversight, reporting progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings of the program. Under the guidance and overall technical direction of OTI, the COP provides oversight of activities, including supervision of the program field staff, ensuring appropriate activity design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.

Operations Manager: Supports the COP in managing day-to-day field operations, including the project's facilities (such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting (which may include cash flow management, time sheet recording and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures). Ensures that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW, which may include: monitoring grantee worthiness; assuring fair and transparent procurement processes; reviewing financial management; and monitoring activity implementation.

Transition Advisor: Serves a central role in supporting the program in close coordination with the USAID/OTI Country Representative (CR) and will serve as an interlocutor with the implementing partner(s). The TA will play a key role in supporting day-to-day program management, developing and implementing, grants (small and in-kind), program reporting, and outreach efforts. Provides recommendations to shape program strategy. Coordinates closely at the field level to identify the widest range of potential partners and achieve maximum synergy with other programs.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • University degree in political science, international development, international relations or related field.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • 5 -12 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience; At least 1-3 years working in a developing country with a diverse staff specifically in Latin America and/or the Caribbean and 1-3 years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience in stabilization or post-conflict environments, particularly with program and project management in these environments; Experience in program(s) requiring a highly functional grasp of a U.S.  foreign affairs or an international assistance organization's procedures and practices;
  • Experience in contract/grant management.
  • Prior experience working in a developing country context strongly desired.
  • Strong grants management (rapid cycle, small, in-kind) experience strongly desired.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In your submitted application please specify the following in your cover letter (1) previous OTI experience (or stabilization experience as applicable), (2) Interest in long or short-term assignments (3) field-specific work experience.

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