Chief of party | Guatemala | 2020

Chemonics, Chiquimula, Guatemala
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Job Summary

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the ongoing USAID Biodiversity Project in Guatemala. The project aims to build national capacity to improve management and governance throughout Guatemala’s System of Protected Areas by (one) improving access to information on key species and ecosystems, (two) supporting national policy and legislative reforms, (three) building capacity for effective enforcement and prosecution of crimes committed within protected areas, and (four) engaging local stakeholders in conservation initiatives. To support its work promoting change at the national level, the project is piloting interventions in three protected areas: the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, and the Pacific Coast, covering a wide variety of ecosystems and species. The project is two years into a five-year period of performance. This position will be based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project vision, leadership, and supervision on all tasks at national and sub-national levels
  • Responsible for monitoring project implementation and overseeing the project’s monitoring and evaluation effort to ensure project results
  • Coordinate with the deputy chief of party and technical and regional specialists to design project activities, in adherence with the contract
  • Serve as Chemonics’ primary representative, and responsible for establishing and maintaining high-level relationships and fostering productive alliances with USAID, partners, government counterparts, the private sector, and stakeholders
  • Prepare and submit relevant technical and operational reports to USAID


  • Minimum of ten years experience in protected area management and governance, terrestrial resources management, coastal and marine resources management, sustainable fisheries management, local community development, local governance capacity building, or behavior change promotion
  • Advanced degree in environmental sciences, natural resources management, ecology, policy, or another related field preferred
  • Proven leadership in the administration of similar-sized international donor programs
  • Proven ability to develop a common vision among diverse partners, to lead multidisciplinary teams, and to promote a collaborative and adaptive management approach
  • Understanding of the government of Guatemala’s structure and operations. Direct experience with the Consejo Nacional de Areas Protegidas, Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (CONAP), and other government ministries
  • Skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in Spanish required, Fluency in English preferred