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Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Human Rights and Democracy, El Salvador
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
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Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Human Rights and Democracy, El Salvador

PADF seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) based in El Salvador for USAID-funded Regional Human Rights and Democracy Activity. For the remaining 2.3 years of this 8-year program, PADF aims to strengthen the human and labor rights protection system in targeted countries in Central America including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The purpose of this program is to strengthen a targeted set of capacities within the national human rights protections systems in Central America, empowering actors to better fulfill their roles in 1) providing oversight, 2) ensuring accountability, 3) upholding the principle of non-discrimination along with other human rights norms, 4) addressing needs of victims, and 5) doing so in an independent, accountable, efficient, and effective manner.


Reports to the COP based in San Salvador. Specific DCoP supervisory responsibilities are under review as the management structure of the project is evolving in line with the new priorities and team composition for the cost extension.


Project Management

  • Co-lead (with COP) and support a regional team of human rights experts, program managers, advisors and local staff, contributing to and ensuring a collegial and respectful working and team environment and coordination with the Mexico / Central America Regional Office (MCA).
  • Monitor sub-recipient ILO’s remaining work on formalization, overseeing activities, approving deliverables, and providing technical assistance if and when needed.
  • Support the drafting, review and presentation of quarterly, annual, and other donor reports in close coordination with the MCA Regional Office and Headquarters.
  • Ensure project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USAID/El Salvador, as well as all PADF policies and procedures in coordination with the project Finance & Administration Director and the MCA Regional Office.
  • Collaborate closely with the project Director of Finance & Administration, National Directors, and other relevant staff to ensure partner management, sub-grant administration, and reporting are conducted in a cohesive and coordinated manner.
  • Provide input to high quality written reports in English and Spanish on program activities, capturing results (outcomes and eventual impacts); ensure this reporting is consistent and meets donor guidance on length and format.

Program Development

  • Support work planning, forecasting, and training initiatives.
  • Support the coordination of program activities according to the approved work plan and in consultation with USAID/ El Salvador and key stakeholders.
  • Provide expert-level technical guidance on human rights issues in Central America, as well as strategic guidance to the team for the completion of program activities.
  • Participate actively in the project’s Grants Evaluation Committee (GEC), evaluating, providing feedback, and formulating recommendations that result in subgrants and contracts, in collaboration with the COP, National Directors, Director of Finance & Administration and the Grants and Contracts team.
  • Participate in the assessment and approval of requests for emergency protection of human rights defenders in the region.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Prepare and submit a monthly Calendar of Activities and a Weekly Activity Highlights to USAID/El Salvador, in collaboration with the COP, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, and National Directors.
  • Provide technical guidance to project Country Coordinators and National Directors in program planning, design, and reporting, including both financial and programmatic implementation.
  • Ensure project updates to a bi-monthly MCA Highlights communication tool.
  • In collaboration with the M&E team, participate in the collection and analysis of information on the achievements, results, and products of the project.
  • Coordinate the identification, dissemination, and communication of products (videos, multimedia articles, presentations, interviews, blogs, etc.), in coordination with the M&E team and HQ communications staff, based on the project’s outputs, success stories and lessons learned to be disseminated on PADF’s Intranet, website and social media.

 Liaison and Representation

  • In coordination with Project, Country, and MCA leadership, liaise with USAID/El Salvador, partner organizations, local and departmental governments to support and monitor program activities as required.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the MCA Regional Office and other PADF HQ departments, consortium partners, sub-contractors, and other stakeholders as determined.
  • Foster a ONE-PADF culture and business approach, facilitate effective communication channels within the team, with the MCA Regional Office, relevant PADF country offices, thematic leaders, and other HQ offices
  • Contribute to and support the implementation of the PADF Strategy and the MCA Annual Business Plan, by developing new business opportunities, promoting the PADF brand, and improving the efficacy of core business processes.
  • Other duties as required.


  •  Leadership – provides strategic direction that strengthens team roles, risk-taking, motivation, delivering on results, and fosters mutual respect, constructive dialogue, and a positive work environment.
  • Problem Identification / Resolution – identifies needs, develops solutions with stakeholders and sees them through completion.
  • Teambuilding – ability to manage and influence, empower individuals and groups to strengthen internal capacities.
  • Communications – ability to communicate effectively with program/technical staff maximizing the positive impact and fostering mutual respect, constructive dialogue, and a positive work environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • Results orientation – Motivated to achieve and bring tasks to completion. Great at follow up and follow through. Demonstrates a drive and willingness to work hard, with teamwork, communication, and collaboration.
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy – Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Equity and inclusion – Understanding and sensitivity to Diversity and Gender within team and programmatic dynamics.
  • Demonstrated flexibility: ability to innovate within the framework of donor compliance requirements and adapt under unforeseen circumstances.

Required Qualifications

  •  Advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in human rights, law, international relations, or other related fields, or at least 10 years of relevant experience to substitute the education requirement.
  • Minimum of 7 years in similar positions of increasing responsibility in non-profit or international donor assistance organizations. Prior senior-level experience with USAID-funded programs in Latin America, and especially Central America. 
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in human rights and labor rights in Central America.
  • Prior management of regional human rights programming, grant-making, civil society strengthening, and public-sector engagement, implemented with or through NGOs, community groups, municipalities, state and national-level government agencies, and private sector groups.
  • Experience in leading participatory planning processes of large and complex human rights or development programs.
  • Implementation of large USAID, State Department and other international donor grants in high-profile programs demanding attention to operational details and relations between donor, host governments and local institutions. 
  • Track record of successful cooperation with host country governments and USAID missions.
  • Experience working effectively with and building consensus among diverse actors, including local government structures in Latin America, senior government officials, civil society actors and the donors.
  • Knowledge of the socio-political context and the human rights situation of the countries of the region.
  • Capacity & experience to provide strategic input for activities at both the national and international level, and support networking and alliances with other organizations that support project and local counterpart objectives.
  • Written and oral communication fluency in Spanish and English required.
  • Deep knowledge and experience of Mexico and Central America and the ability to work legally in El Salvador.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values are “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

PADF is an equal opportunity employer.

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