Capacity Building Officer/Coordinator, USAID Rights and Dignity

Counterpart International

Counterpart International seeks a Capacity Building Officer or Capacity Building Coordinator – depending on level of experience – for the USAID-funded Rights and Dignity Project in El Salvador. The Project supports human rights organizations (HROs) to promote human rights advocacy and subject matter specialization, particularly as it relates to citizen security issues, while also building the organizational capacity of these HROs. The Officer/Coordinator will report to the Capacity Building Technical Advisor and will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the implementation of the organizational capacity development and technical direction of local HROs, including former sub-grantees. The Officer/Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining excellence in our organizational and technical capacity building activities with local organizations and will ensure effective communication among implementing partners (IPs), HROs, and other Project beneficiaries receiving organizational capacity development support. This is a full-time position based in San Salvador, El Salvador. Salvadorean nationals are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Support the Organizational Development (OD) process with HROs with a rights-based approach and commitment to Do No Harm and gender and social inclusion principles.
  • Support the identification of strategic needs and approaches to organizational capacity building.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to HROs receiving OD technical assistance on their internal strengthening efforts, particularly in human rights technical areas.
  • Organize and support the facilitation of OD assessments of local HROs prioritizing but not limited to advocacy, leadership, human rights subject matter expertise, sustainability, financial management, procurement, human resources, program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and outreach and communications.
  • Draft and support the Technical Advisor in finalizing OD self-assessment reports and in facilitating the co-creation of OD Action Plans.
  • Coordinate with the Project’s other technical areas to ensure OD technical assistance is technically sound and synergetic with other Project activities.
  • Prepare the necessary logistics and coordination with the Project’s Administrative and Procurement Team for all OD-related activities.
  • Monitor the technical and financial implementation of OD Action Plans, where applicable.
  • Coordinate selection and contracting of consultants (internal documentation) for long- and short-term assignments.
  • Work with the Projects’ technical staff, consultants and trainers to deliver high-quality human rights training, as well as technical assistance and mentoring to local HROs.
  • Assist in ensuring Counterpart’s OD best practices are institutionalized within the Project and adapted to the local context.
  • Assist in updating all internal monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Document implementation success stories, challenges, best practices, and lessons learned and share with Counterpart and USAID through regular project reports and other mechanisms.
  • Assist in delivering technical presentations on project achievements to audiences, including IPs, civil society groups, government officials, USAID, and other relevant organizations.
  • Support the preparation of reports and other deliverables.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, project management, international relations/development, public administration, non-profit management, or related field. Minimum five (5) years of work experience in capacity building in lieu of education requirement for the Officer level; minimum two (2) years work experience in capacity building in lieu of education requirement for the Coordinator position.
  • Minimum one (1) year of demonstrated experience in civil society strengthening, including capacity development, OD, advocacy, coalition building, and community mobilization.
  • Demonstrated experience in related training and facilitation in one or more of the above-mentioned fields.
  • Experience in conducting or supporting participatory methodologies and gathering data and information.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human rights principles, including organization and advocacy practices.
  • Prior experience in and knowledge of development and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and high-level interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment; able to work effectively with HROs, USAID, project staff, and other beneficiaries.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills.


  • Experience with gender integration and social cohesion.
  • Prior experience in working with international organizations, academia or HROs a plus.
  • Prior experience working with vulnerable groups such as indigenous people, women, youth, people with disabilities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating project activities.
  • Experience working in human rights either within the government or with civil society groups.
  • Professional proficiency in English.

How to apply

To apply, please use the following link:

Counterpart is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Accessibility Notice: If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to [email protected]. Please view Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

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