Chief of Party, Integrating Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services


Guatemala 🇬🇹

Company Overview:

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Role Overview:

Palladium is seeking a Chief of Party for the upcoming Integrating Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Service activity in Guatemala, funded by USAID.  The overall objective of the activity is to work with local municipalities and the private sector to ensure rural Guatemalans in the Western Highlands have reliable access to water that is adequate for human consumption as well as improved sanitation facilities. The activity will focus on leveraging private sector partnerships to strengthen local municipality capacity to provide safe and consistent water services, be self-sustaining, and effectively support citizens in sustainably managing watersheds and promoting optimal hygiene behaviors.

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall technical and administrative leadership of the project. S/he is the primary liaison with USAID/Guatemala and all other stakeholders and organizations. The COP will take a leadership role in coordinating ensuring that all objectives, cross-cutting teams, and operations teams are working in tandem and that there is close coordination with USAID/Guatemala, other donors, the private sector, government institutions, and local and international organizations. This position will be based in Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala with the need to travel to project areas throughout the year. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead overall strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of program activities.
  • Provide intellectual, strategic leadership, technical input and management support to achieve contractual objectives and targets in all project activities.
  • Oversee and take an active role in maintaining the overall technical quality and integrity of project deliverables and outputs.
  • Oversee the implementation of annual work plans with team members, identifying changes as necessary and building client and key stakeholder buy-in at all stages of the process.
  • Identify and develop mitigation strategies for potential future problems in time to ensure that preventive measures can be taken.
  • Maintain effective and open communication throughout the project with Client, Project Director, project operations teams, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Serve as the strategic leader of a diverse and talented project team, building on synergies and cultivating a positive environment for collaboration, communication, and successful project implementation.
  • Cultivate a positive and motivating environment for staff at all levels through communication, team building, and responsiveness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing international WASH programs.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in WASH program development and watershed management.
  • Advanced educational background Environmental Sciences, Water Resource Management, Engineering, Global Health or related fields.
  • Previous experience as a Chief of Party on similar USAID or other donor programs.
  • Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies.
  • Strong leadership, administrative, management, presentation, reporting, and communication skills.
  • Ability to perform at a high level and apply diplomacy skills with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., national, provincial, private sector, and NGOs).
  • Experience working in the Guatemala/ Central America preferred.
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish required.






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