Deputy Chief of Party and Tourism Market Development Lead – USAID/Colombia Destination Nature Activity (DNA)

Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech International Development ( is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and Tourism Market Development Lead position on an upcoming USAID-funded program in Colombia, titled Destination Nature Activity. The 5-year USAID-funded nature tourism initiative titled Destination Nature Activity (DNA) seeks to build sustainable business models for Colombia’s nature tourism sector that support community development, conserve the country’s rich biodiversity, and reduce drivers of land use change.

The DCOP and Tourism Market Development Lead will be responsible for leading technical components of the DNA relating to market development for sustainable nature tourism in Colombia as well as for supervising cross-cutting teams. The role will require supervision of technical specialists and cross-cutting staff and will work with the Chief of Party to ensure that technical outputs contribute to overall Activity goals.

This potential full-time position will be based in Colombia for the full life of project (anticipated five years). Familiarity with the nature tourism sector in Colombia and experience working with tourism-sector stakeholders is required. Experience working with sustainable value chains, destination management, improving small business access to finance, and tourism marketing are all assets. Working knowledge of English, enthusiasm for frequent travel to field sites, knowledge in MS Office applications, and commitment to gender equity and social inclusion are required. Colombian nationals strongly encouraged to apply.


* Oversee technical implementation of Objective 1 (Develop the market for sustainable tourism) and ensure impacts achieve the results defined in the contract;

* Provide technical expertise and support annual activity work planning and adaptive management of Activity as needed in accordance with the Activity’s objectives and targets;

* Assist in coordinating Activity implementation, providing support to personnel and subcontractor management, and efficient budgeting and financial management, as needed;

* Ensure coordination between the Objective team and other project teams;

* Evaluate and document activity progress and lessons learned;

* Assume responsibility for quality control and timeliness of deliverables.

*Serve as the interim Chief of Party (COP) when the COP is not available.


* Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in sustainable tourism, business administration, natural resources management, biology, or some other relevant discipline is required.

* Not less than 8 years project experience, preferably in Colombia, working in one or more technical disciplines: nature tourism, biodiversity conservation, forestry, natural resources management, sustainability, business administration, land-use planning, and/or other relevant technical areas.

* Minimum of 5 years in a supervisory position managing multi-disciplinary teams.

* Proven track record working in multi-disciplinary teams, engaging effectively with stakeholders, fostering collaborative learning and adaptive management, and promoting gender equity and social inclusion.

* Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish.

* Strong familiarity with the policy, social, economic, environmental, and cultural context in Colombia, and in particular the PDET regions of Colombia.

* Colombian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

How to apply

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the on-line process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format

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