Deputy Chief of Party – Civil Society Resilience (CSR) Activity


Position Title: Deputy Chief of Party – Civil Society Resilience (CSR) Activity

Position Status: Full-Time

Vacancies: 1 – Hiring for this position is contingent on funding.

Location: This position will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and will require frequent

travel throughout the region.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. PartnersGlobal offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

This position is not covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement between PartnersGlobal and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 2, AFL-CIO.


PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 21 independent, local Centers around the world.

PartnersGlobal adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration, and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive, democratic society; and we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. The PartnersGlobal team includes process and technical experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in technical areas such as rule of law development, women’s empowerment, security sector reform, and natural resource management. Our network of local Centers is renowned for undertaking cutting edge work and applying our process expertise to convene disparate parties to jointly tackle some of the most complex development challenges.


PartnersGlobal seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to provide strategic guidance and leadership for an anticipated USAID-funded Civil Society Resilience (CSR) Activity. The goal of the activity is to improve the ability of civil society to respond to shrinking civic space and to advance the enabling environment for civil society so that it may continue to foster informed citizen participation in democratic processes. The activity will support civil society and grassroots organizers, across all sectors, engaged in advancing reform and inclusive development, by strengthening their capacity to

apply locally led, adaptive approaches to bridge the gap between civil society and citizens.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and Chief of Party (COP) will collaborate closely to offer strategic guidance, oversee project management, and provide technical expertise, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment within the project team. Together, they will utilize their individual strengths and backgrounds to facilitate efficient coordination, decision-making, and implementation of the project. This collaborative leadership model underscores PartnersGlobal’s dedication to genuine partnership as necessary for resiliency.


  • Strategic Leadership Support: Work jointly with the COP in providing strategic direction and leadership for the activity, aligning project goals with organizational priorities and donor objectives; and manage a team and oversee evidence-based adjustments in programming to achieve greater impact.
  • Compliance Oversight: Develop and implement robust compliance systems and procedures to ensure adherence to donor requirements, organizational policies, and local regulations throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Grant Management: Oversee the management and monitoring of grants to local civil society organizations, ensuring compliance with grant agreements, budgetary restrictions, and reporting deadlines.
  • Risk Management: Collaborate with the COP to identify potential project compliance risks and vulnerabilities. Develop and implement mitigation strategies to minimize the project’s exposure to legal, financial, and reputational risks, ensuring alignment with ethical standards and the promotion of human rights and social justice.
  • Capacity Building: Provide guidance to project staff and partners on compliance-related matters, including donor regulations, financial management, and reporting requirements.
  • Collaboration and Coordination: Work closely with the COP and other project staff to ensure seamless coordination and communication on compliance-related issues, fostering a culture of transparency and accountability within the project team.
  • Partnership Development: Collaborate with the COP to cultivate and nurture partnerships with government agencies, civil society organizations, international donors, and other stakeholders to foster collaboration and maximize project outcomes.
  • Continuous Improvement: Regularly review and update compliance systems and procedures to reflect changes in donor regulations, organizational policies, and best practices, and implement corrective actions as needed**.**

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. PartnersGlobal reserves the right to review and revise duties and responsibilities at any time to ensure project success.



  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience, including progressively more responsible senior programmatic roles or project lead in another related technical area relevant to the project objectives. Non-project-based experience can be replaced with ten (10+) years of working within USAID and demonstrating competency to lead complex programs in all aspects of regulation and compliance quality control and delivery.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in senior management or leadership positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Track record of fund development, including funding collaboratives, philanthropies, and multi-lateral funders
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as in-country NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, particularly in line with PartnersGlobal’s mission of promoting authentic partnership and accompaniment in building resilient civic spaces.
  • Ability to lead and manage project team and operations remotely and ability to adapt management approaches.
  • Professional Fluency in Khmer and English required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with prior regional experience, particularly those with a comprehensive understanding of Democracy, Human Rights and Governance issues in Cambodia will be given preference.

Leadership Core Competencies:

The ideal candidate should demonstrate leadership core competencies including but not limited to:

  • Accountability– Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes.
  • Decisiveness– Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited, or solutions produce unpopular consequences. Perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  • Problem Solving– Identifies and analyzes problems. Weighs relevance and accuracy of information. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions and makes recommendations.
  • Flexibility– Is open to change and new information. Adapts rapidly to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Constituency Credibility–Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external constituencies. Delivers high-quality products and services. Commits to continuous improvement.
  • Conflict Management—Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Human Capital Management– Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems.

PartnersGlobal is an EEO Employer

At PartnersGlobal, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. Diversity is more than a commitment at PartnersGlobal—it is the foundation of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. As an equal opportunity employer, PartnersGlobal recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact our Director of Human Resources & Talent Management, Edith Kardouni, at [email protected] for assistance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodation of your disability and ensure fairness in our hiring process.

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