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Chief of Party
USAID LibrES: Por un El Salvador sin Violencia de Género

at Arizona State University

Location: El Salvador


Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) candidate for a five-year, $35 million activity for the USAID Mission in El Salvador. The Activity is focused on three programmatic areas: preventing GBV, protecting victims and survivors, and increasing accountability for perpetrators of GBV
in El Salvador. This activity focuses geographically in three main urban hubs: San Salvador, San Miguel and Santa Ana, which account for the majority of irregular migration and insecurity in the country, including the highest level of femicide.


The Activity benefits victims or potential victims of GBV, mainly: girls, young and adult women; boys, young and adult men; LGBTQI+ persons; and persons with disabilities in targeted communities with high rates of violence and irregular migration to the United States.


The Chief of Party provides overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation, and quality assurance of the project. They oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and ASU regulations. The position will be based in San Salvador, El Salvador.


The Chief of Party (COP) will serve as the principal liaison with USAID staff, institutions, and client country partners to exchange information and develop strategic relationships.



  • Serve as the main point of contact for the Activity, providing vision, direction, leadership, and management of the agreement.

  • Provide technical, operational, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the Activity to ensure all activities and deliverables are executed with quality and timeliness.

  • Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with the USAID Mission in El Salvador; serve as the principal liaison with USAID staff, institutions, and in-country partners to exchange information and develop strategic relationships.

  • Manage the team throughout the country, ensure technical capacity of staff; provide technical assistance and backstopping when required.

  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with ASU’s standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws.

  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.

  • Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and material resources to successfully meet project milestones, objectives, deliverables, and targets.


  • Responsible for the overall technical direction of the activity, ensuring quality and timeliness of all deliverables.

  • Responsible for liaising with the private sector and government institutions at the local and national level, working closely with Salvadoran and international partners.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of local organizations.


  • Engage fully as a member of the ASU staff team, including participating in staff meetings and other ASU events, and providing administrative support to other team members as needed.

  • Responsible for ensuring protocols and mechanisms are in place to ensure staff safety while conducting program activities and overseeing privacy and confidentiality protocols for program implementation.

  • Other duties as assigned.



Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a graduate degree (Master’s or higher) in political science, gender studies, international development, education, or a related field.

Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex, cross-cutting international development programs involving coordination with multiple donors and partners, including experience in projects focusing on vulnerable populations, especially related to violence against women, gender-based violence, or promoting women's, girls' or LGBTQI+ rights, preferably in El Salvador, Central or South America. Minimum 10 years. Local and regional candidates will be prioritized.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing in Spanish and English.

  • Demonstrated leadership in project management and contractual compliance. Minimum 5 years.

  • Demonstrated technical, analytical, presentation, reporting, and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to data-driven, evidence-based programming, including a commitment to replicating and adapting best practices in the field.

  • Prior experience in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar donor-supported programs, previous experience as COP of USAID-funded programs preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to financially manage a large program, including subawards and grants management.

  • Demonstrated expertise in at least three of the following types of specialization: gender-based violence, behavioral change communications, victims´ assistance services for GBV victims and survivors, women’s and girls’ rights, LGBTQI+ rights, justice-related experience around GBV crimes, and accountability for GBV, and/or changing normative values around GBV.

  • Demonstrated experience with organizational development and capacity building of local and grassroots organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage private and public sector actors.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including civil society organizations and women-led organizations.

  • Familiarity with key topics and policies in gender and GBV including the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace and Security, and U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.

  • Strong understanding of GBV as a human rights violation, interrelated vulnerabilities, and its relationship with other forms of intersectional oppression.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead effectively, inspire a team, and promote a healthy and productive work environment that promotes growth and results-oriented management.


Arizona State University is a public learning enterprise, and our mission is no less than transforming the model for public higher education. We call the model the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again for the following six years, U.S. News and World Report has named ASU the #1 innovative U.S. university. ASU ranks #1 in the U.S. and #2 globally for university impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education, 2022). ASU is eager to collaborate with and learn alongside higher education systems in emerging economies to meet shared and escalated expressions of challenges educators face globally. Since 2010, ASU has successfully implemented projects in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as Mastercard and Gates. Through its University Design Institute, ASU is partnering with 90 institutions in 20 countries to assist universities that are transforming themselves into powerful engines of social and economic impact.


This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. ASU reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


How To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a CV and cover letter highlighting fit for the position to with the subject line "ASU COP LibrES”

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