Chief of Party, Sustainable Value Chains
November 24 2021
This project will support sustainable private sector development targeting a range of value chains across Southern Mexico through improved production and value chain support from production to point of consumption. This project will seek to identify and facilitate the introduction of sustainable practices throughout local value chains in a manner that is economically viable and in a manner that can be sustained beyond the lifetime of the project.
As the project’s key point of contact with USAID, Government of Mexico, and other stakeholders, the Chief of Party will coordinate technical assistance activities with field staff, short-term consultants, and Nathan home office personnel. The COP may also be responsible for the implementation of specific technical tasks within the project (to be determined according to needs and expertise). The Chief of Party will oversee overall project operations including project management, administration, oversight, reporting, financial and contractual obligations, contractor progress, and performance monitoring and evaluation.
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Supervision and Provision of Technical Expertise
- Support the planning, design, and implementation of technical activities in Mexico, including the drafting of work plans and terms of reference, organization, and participation in technical working group meetings;
- Liaise with all levels of government, civil society organizations and other donors to coordinate activities and achieve the goals and objectives of the activity;
- Monitor and, in some cases, carry out technical activities (in coordination with Nathan home office), including review of deliverables and reports for USAID;
- Provide summaries of working group meetings, workshops, and trainings and identify next steps;
- Coordinate the planning of technical activities involving Nathan’s partners with the Nathan headquarters project team to ensure that planned activities are in line with budgets and subcontracts;
- Liaise with the project team at the Nathan Headquarters office to recruit technical experts as required; and
- Other related technical and management tasks requested by USAID (and in coordination with the Nathan Home Office Team), in accordance with the scope of the activity.
- Manage and supervise the field office team, with appropriate delegation of duties to other staff members on the activity;
- Supervise the recruitment and engagement of technical experts, business partners, and administrative staff, as appropriate;
- Ensure that the activity is implemented in accordance with the rules and regulations of USAID and Nathan Associates;
- Report regularly to the Nathan headquarters project team on project activities, deliverables, and events; key issues requiring approval from the headquarters office;
- Review all accounting statements submitted to the home office and time sheets of local consultants, if applicable; and
- Provide contributions to the quarterly and annual project reports.
- 10-15 years’ experience leading projects with demonstrated success achieving results in private sector/economic development, policy and business enabling environment reform, trade facilitation, partnerships, investment promotion and institutional capacity building;
- Superb management skills and technical expertise aligned to the project’s scope of work;
- Advanced graduate degree, such as a master's degree or Ph.D., in economic policy, public administration, business administration, law, or a related field is required;
- Exceptional English technical writing and communication skills as well as Spanish language fluency.
- Proven leadership of sizeable international donor support programs with previous experience as a COP or Team Leader on USAID or other donor-funded programs; and
- Experience working with government counterparts at various levels (central, municipality and/or local) or private sector/commercial experience working with markets in Central or South America.
- Past experience in Central America, particularly in Guatemala, a plus.
- Experience in export promotion, marketing, investment, or agricultural trade a plus
- Familiarity with production practices and product certifications related to sustainable supply chains across a range of products and services
- Demonstrable facility in dealing with policy constraints and challenges a strong plus.