Deputy Chief of Party/Team Lead, Amazon Basin



Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. 


Deputy Chief of Party/Team Lead, Amazon Basin


ACDI/VOCA is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Team Lead for the regional project in the Amazon basin focused on strengthening Representation of Indigenous people in Governance of Amazon Forests and Waters. The project will engage private sector, governments, civil society groups, and academia in work with indigenous groups in the Amazon basin on advocacy efforts and raising awareness of indigenous people’s rights and responsibilities. The project is funded by USAID and is envisioned to start in 2018.


The DCOP/Team Lead will have overall responsibility for project implementation including supervising the senior programmatic and field teams, day-to-day management of activities against the implementation plan, and visits to the field offices. The position will require frequent travel throughout Amazon basin and has flexibility to be based in Peru, Colombia or Brazil.


  • Serve as the senior field-level manager and representative with primary responsibility for coordinating, planning, and implementing technical activities to achieve program targets.

  • Successfully collaborate with private sector businesses, national and municipal government entities, as well as civil society groups, media, and academic institutions.

  • Manage the program’s day-to-day activities against the implementation plan.

  • Assist with strategy development and design of workforce development programs.

  • Work with potential partners to increase value chain development and.

  • Coordinate activities with government departments, local government officials, other implementers, stakeholders, and institutions active in the target areas.

  • Coordinate the development of, implementation of, and timely reporting on the program.

  • Identify new opportunities and potential programs.

  • Serve as the Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is on leave or out of the office.


  • Master’s Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, biology, ecology, anthropology, international development or related field.

  • Minimum eight years of relevant international work experience in democracy and governance and/or related areas with a strong knowledge of community engagement and policy development in a politically and/or ethnically sensitive context.

  • Experience working with indigenous communities, ethnic minorities or marginalized communities preferred.

  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully with government officials, international donors, and private sector stakeholders.

  • Management experience on a USAID-funded programs in Latin America, specifically in the Amazon basin, preferred.

  • Extensive management experience, and strong leadership and communication skills required.

  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative across projects; flexible and creative.

  • Fluent spoken, written, and reading abilities in English and Spanish is required, professional proficiency in Portuguese preferred.


Peruvian, Colombian and other South American/Amazon region nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.



Please apply online at Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. ACDI/VOCA will never solicit a payment from any applicant.



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