Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) At International Rescue Committee

IRC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a USAID-funded 5-year project in El Salvador to prevent GBV, improve and expand survivors’ assistance services, and increase judicial accountability for perpetrators. Programming interventions will focus on strengthening national organizations, civil society actors, and key stakeholders to implement social behavior change strategies and, ultimately, improve their capacity to deliver grass-roots solutions that are resilient and impactful. The DCOP will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party (COP) in management of staff, capacity building and stakeholder engagement. Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking, etc., in assigned area of responsibility. Manage implementing partners and oversee operations. This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in November 2021.

Job Responsibilities

• Support the COP in providing strategic and technical leadership and direction, defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives; serve as Acting COP in COP’s absence;

• Provide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor.

• Ensure project delivery meets all standard operational policies and procedures;

• Manage consortium partnerships and maintain collaborative partner relations;

• Mentor partners in operational and organizational processes as needed.

• Support reporting to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports;

• Assist COP in maintaining active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;

• Represent the project and the organization in public, as assigned, and support the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned;

• Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility.


• Advanced degree (PhD or MA) from an accredited university in social sciences, international development, or related field; equivalent experience may be substituted for graduate degree;

• At least seven years of experience in managerial roles on similar programs in developing countries, including substantial supervisory experience. Experience with projects designed to prevent GBV, improve and expand survivors’ assistance services, and increase judicial accountability for perpetrators;

• Significant experience with USAID rules and regulations related to implementation, procurement, and resource management.

• Significant previous experience managing operations for similar programming in protracted crisis or challenging contexts;

​_• Experience working in the Latin and Central America and/or El Salvador required.

• Previous experience as DCOP of USAID-funded programs preferred;

• Substantial experience managing and mentoring subgrantees required;

• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;

• Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation;

• Strong communication skills, both oral and written;

• Fluency in English required; proficiency in Spanish.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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