Chief of Party

Guatemala City, Guatemala /
Programs – Central America /
Full Time - Local
/ On-site
Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful transformation of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—moving away from destructive approaches and towards cooperative solutions. With more than 700 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America.

Position Summary
Search is seeking an experienced senior leader for an anticipated multi-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) targeting Guatemala. The project aims to support human rights promotion and protection in the country. 

This position is contingent upon funding and USAID approval.

Job Responsibilities

    • Manage the relationship and act as the primary point of contact with USAID and project partners with regard to activity implementation, compliance, collaboration, and management matters relating to the project. 
    • Provide technical oversight, administration, fiscal management, and grant and contract administration and management, assuring the project's quality, impact, and cost-effectiveness.
    • Hold overall responsibility for assuring that all assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all field staff, long‐term staff, short‐term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐partners, as proposed. 
    • Effectively implement the project vision by delivering on country community outreach activities around governance, conflict mitigation and human rights. Oversee multiple activities simultaneously, including hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising local personnel.
    • Develop and sustain key project partnerships across diverse project stakeholders, including government, local groups and civil society. Ensure ongoing co-design and participatory engagement. 
    • Oversee financial management of a portfolio of sub-awards to local partners, including financial compliance and reporting
    • Provide strong senior leadership and strategic direction to the project team and as consortium lead, including relationship management with key stakeholders and project partners
    • Assemble and motivate a team of local staff and short-term advisors, and effectively supervise project personnel 
    • Liaise with Search’s internal teams and global HQ teams in Washington DC and Brussels. 
    • Represent Search and the project at high-level events and meetings, including public speaking engagements on relevant topic areas. 


    • University degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Development, Political Science, International Affairs, Social Sciences, or other relevant subjects.
    • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is required; written and spoken English fluency is an advantage. 
    • Minimum 12 years of progressively responsible professional experience, with at least 5 years of senior management experience in working closely with conflict mitigation, human rights and justice
    • Demonstrated experience implementing programming on human rights, justice, conflict or gender dynamics in Guatemala Knowledge of and familiarity with U.S. Government international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID. Senior management level experience (Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or Senior Advisor) of a USAID project is a significant advantage. 
    • Experience managing subgrants and contracts under grants for complex projects. Proven ability to manage all aspects of grant and contract administration, and technical assistance staff with a commitment to teamwork.
    • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams and lead multidisciplinary teams while developing a shared vision.
    • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture of respect and inclusion.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. 


Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website for full details of our work. All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity - Tenacity - Empathy - Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth, and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.

Les descriptifs de pouvant ne pouvant être exhaustifs, le titulaire du poste pourra être amené à entreprendre d'autres tâches qui correspondent globalement aux responsabilités clés ci-dessus.
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Seuls les candidats invités à un entretien seront contactés. Pas d'appels téléphoniques s'il vous plaît. Veuillez consulter notre site Web pour tous les détails de notre mission.

Tous les employés de Search doivent adhérer aux valeurs de Search : Collaboration- Audace - Ténacité - Empathie - Résultats. Conformément à ces valeurs, Search fait respecter le code de conduite et les politiques connexes sur la lutte contre le harcèlement au travail, la protection contre l'exploitation et les abus, la protection des enfants, les conflits d'intérêts et la lutte contre la fraude. Search s'engage à préserver les intérêts, les droits et le bien-être des enfants, des jeunes et des adultes vulnérables avec lesquels elle est en contact et à mener ses programmes et ses opérations d'une manière qui soit sûre pour les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes vulnérables.
Search for Common Ground ne fait pas et ne doit pas faire de discrimination fondée sur la race, la couleur, la religion (croyance), le sexe, l'expression de genre, l'âge, l'origine nationale (ascendance), le handicap, l'état matrimonial, l'orientation sexuelle ou le statut militaire, dans aucune de ses activités ou opérations.
Consultez notre code de conduite ici et notre politique de confidentialité ici.

Dado que la descripción de funciones no puede ser exhaustiva, el titular del puesto puede tener que realizar otras tareas que coinciden en líneas generales con las responsabilidades clave mencionadas.
Sólo se contactará con los candidatos invitados a una entrevista. Se agradece no recibir llamadas telefónicas. Consulte nuestro sitio web para conocer todos los detalles de nuestro trabajo. Todos los empleados de Search deben adherirse a los valores de la organización: Colaboración - Audacia - Tenacidad - Empatía - Resultados. De acuerdo con estos valores, Search hace cumplir el Código de Conducta y las políticas relacionadas con luchar contra el acoso en el lugar de trabajo, la protección contra la explotación y el abuso, la protección de la infancia, los conflictos de intereses y la lucha contra el fraude. Search se compromete a salvaguardar los intereses, derechos y bienestar de los niños, jóvenes y adultos vulnerables con los que está en contacto y a llevar a cabo sus programas y operaciones de una manera que sea segura para los niños, jóvenes y adultos vulnerables.  Search for Common Ground no discrimina ni discriminará por motivos de raza, color, religión (credo), género, expresión de género, edad, origen nacional (ascendencia), discapacidad, estado civil, orientación sexual o condición militar, en ninguna de sus actividades u operaciones. Consulte nuestro código de conducta aquí y nuestra política de privacidad aquí.