Chief of party | Development | Latin America and the Caribbean | 2018

Chemonics seeks chiefs of party for anticipated projects in multiple locations across Latin America and the Caribbean, focused on the following sectors: environment and natural resources, rule of law and violence prevention, democracy and governance, economic growth and trade, and agriculture and food security. Chiefs of party oversee project activities, take responsibility for project teams’ successful performance, and liaise with national and local stakeholders and the funding agency. Candidates who have project management experience with U.S. donors such as USAID and the U.S. Department of State, with other donors present in Latin America and the Caribbean, or with public international organizations, are encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, technical direction, and management oversight for all project activities and ensure that targeted results are achieved
  • Develop, communicate, and present the project’s strategic vision to staff, the funding agency, and all counterparts and stakeholders
  • Ensure that work plans are developed with input from staff and stakeholders, and initiate the work plans’ implementation
  • Ensure that all project activities are complementary and implemented effectively; monitor, and, when necessary, modify programmatic assistance to achieve results
  • Provide guidance and technical direction to project subcontractors and sub-awardees
  • Approve selection and hiring of all local professional and administrative staff; supervise their performance based on established criteria
  • Oversee and ensure project performance at the highest level, complying with award provisions and with the funding agency’s and Chemonics’ regulations
  • Manage project budget and fund allocations and ensure accurate financial recordkeeping
  • Conduct meetings and maintain relationships with local government officials and other relevant stakeholders to build a relationship of trust and cooperation


  • Advanced degree in economics, environmental studies, human rights, public administration, public policy, law, business administration, or another relevant field; relevant post-education experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of international development experience in Latin America or the Caribbean
  • Experience managing complex donor-funded programs of at least $8 million dollars and demonstrated capacity to manage teams and subcontractors
  • Experience working with one or more of the following donors in Latin America or the Caribbean: USAID, U.S. Department of State, U.K.’s Department for International Development, EuropeAID, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Global Affairs Canada, Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development, German Agency for International Cooperation; or international financial institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Cooperación Andina de Fomento, or the World Bank
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one of the following sectors: environment and natural resources; rule of law and violence prevention; democratic governance; economic growth and trade; agriculture and food security
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish a common vision and promote a culture of collaboration through effective leadership
  • Ability to liaise and navigate effectively with government agencies, host-country government officials, private sector stakeholders, and other donors
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required

Application instructions:

​Please submit an electronic version of your CV to at your earliest convenience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.