• Chief of Party, Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources (AIRR) Project - 19030

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    Posted Date 5 months ago(9/5/2018 5:17 PM)
    # of Openings
    Policy & Government Affairs
  • Overview

    WWF is looking for a Chief of Party to support the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project. This position is supporting a five year large USAID project and will be based in Lima, Peru. The Chief of Party will provide overall vision and leadership for the Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources (AIRR) Project. of the program, and undertakes planning, coordination and oversight of project activities of the Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Governance of Amazon Forests and Waters project.   The COP directs the project’s core team, oversees planning, coordination and oversight of project activities, grants and consulting contracts, coordinates with project consortium members, Consortium staff and their headquarters on a regular basis, and collaborates with government, Indigenous People’s organizations and other partners organizations across the region in accordance with USAID and WWF field operation regulations


    • Provides vision and leadership for the project throughout its duration.
    • Represents the project to USAID, partners, and governments.
    • Undertakes coordination of the project across the region with WWF offices and partner organizations, and within and across technical and institutional sectors.
    • With the Deputy Chief of Party and in collaboration with partners, develops work plans and budgets, and ensures that the project is making progress towards its objectives.
    • Ensures that the project is well coordinated with relevant governmental departments and other related USAID projects within the Amazon.
    • Manages the project and project team using a participatory, adaptive management approach. Ensures that management systems are established and administers the project. Supervises project activities and provides technical oversight. With support from WWF US HQ, ensures that the project is in compliance with donor policies and regulations. Responsible for managing contractual agreements, including subgrants, with project participants.
    • With support of the Financial Manager, develops project field budgets for approval by WWF US HQ and monitors expenditures against budgets. Ensures establishment of financial management systems for the project to adequately meet financial management needs and donor regulations/ policies. Develops systems to track field-based contributions to the project. Monitors financial management of projects and sub-grants. Submits quarterly financial reports to WWF US HQ.
    • Determines the personnel requirements of the project and oversees the recruitment, selection and hiring of personnel on the core team. Supervises personnel and evaluates performance. In the case of project personnel that are seconded to other agencies, jointly supervises and evaluates personnel.
    • Works with HR Manager to identify training needs and development opportunities for supervised staff, and partner organizations; provide inputs to identify training needs
    • Provides technical assistance in areas of expertise. Identifies needs for short-term technical assistance. Develops terms of reference, prepares consulting agreements for consultants, facilitates work, and provides oversight of short-term consultancies.
    • Supervises M&E officer who develops M&E system for the project and monitors project implementation and evaluation.
    • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with project participants, project stakeholders, beneficiaries and other relevant organizations in the region including government partners and USAID personnel.



    • Master’s degree in natural resources management, environmental or conservation management, bioregional planning, development studies, social sciences, or other relevant field.
    • At least 10 years of experience implementing and managing conservation, natural resource or other related programs relating to Indigenous People’s empowerment or sustainable infrastructure in Amazonian or similar countries.
    • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience of leading and managing multi-million dollar projects; USAID project management experience strongly preferred.
    • Thorough understanding of socioeconomic, conservation and development issues in the Amazon, including infrastructure development and extractive industries and their related social and environmental impacts, especially as they relate to indigenous peoples.
    • Knowledge of the policy/institutional context related to indigenous peoples, infrastructure and extractive industries, conservation and the government agencies, development partners, donor institutions, and the not-for-profit sector in the Amazon region.
    • Excellent understanding of development partnerships, fundraising, donor strategies, functions, governmental and international relations.
    • Knowledge of M&E systems.
    • Fluency in English and Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.
    • Knowledge of indigenous cultures and livelihood practices.
    • Experience of working in multi-cultural environment and international organisations

    Technical Skills

    • Proven experience influencing policy.  
    • Leadership and management; report writing.
    • Problem solving and conflict management.
    • Monitoring and evaluation experience is preferred.

    General Skills

    • People management, coaching, and capacity building/development.
    • Strong interpersonal skills; networking and influencing.
    • Financial management.
    • Presentation and communications (verbal and written).
    • Working under pressure and with minimum supervision
    • Strong ability to prioritize and keep multiple activities on track
    • Prepared to travel extensively within the region (25% of the time)

    All applications must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Please submit your CV in English. 



    To Apply:

    • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #19030  
    • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

    As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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