Chief of Party, USDA Food for Education, El Salvador - Tenders Global

Chief of Party, USDA Food for Education, El Salvador

Save the Children International



Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USDA-funded McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) in El Salvador. The senior leadership position will lead overall strategic direction in the management, implementation, and overall quality assurance of the project. They will also provide technical leadership in school feeding, literacy, primary education, and community participation.

The COP will collaborate with the Ministries of Education, Ministry of Health, and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USDA and Save the Children’s regulations. The project must be designed to align closely with the current objectives of the Government of El Salvador.

Please note that the position is contingent upon receipt of the award from the donor.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Lead the management of the program in line with USDA guidelines to achieve project objectives;
  • Ensure high quality technical, financial, programmatic and administrative leadership and oversight is in place for the program;
  • Oversee program strategies, technical approaches, reports, work-plans, and budgets;
  • Support recruitment of project senior staff (Deputy COP, MEAL Lead, Commodity Director) and directly supervise those staff.
  • Ensure compliance with USDA regulations, procedures and Save the Children guidelines;
  • Represent Save the Children with partners and key stakeholders;
  • Establish effective communication and coordination with USDA, the Government of El Salvador, and the country office team;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence;
  • Participate as part of the Country Senior Management team contributing to country strategic plans and reporting
  • Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles;

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field (education, agriculture, nutrition, international relations, business administration, etc.);
  • Minimum 10 years’ of professional experience designing, managing and implementing large and complex programs;
  • In-depth knowledge of USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education approaches and regulations;
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party, Deputy COP or senior project manager for multi sectoral US Government funded projects;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
  • Specific technical expertise in food and nutrition security, school feeding and education programming;
  • Familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality in programming;
  • Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments is important;
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution abilities;
  • Professional fluency in oral and written communication in Spanish.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in English


Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location (more information on job structure is available here). Employee may be eligible for an incentive program.  Save the Children also offers paid vacation, accrued at least 12 days a year, depending on paygrade and length of service, paid safety and wellness leave of at least 1 day per month worked for a full time employee which is pro rata reduced for employees working less than a full time schedule, and at least 10 paid holidays a year. Employees may be eligible for additional bonus compensation. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, family leave, paid parental/adoption leave of 60 days, commuter benefits, paid caregiver leave days, 1 paid volunteer day a year, paid critical child illness leave days, dress for your day, and much more.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…


Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.  As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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