Capacity Development Advisor - Global COVID-19 Program

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 19 September 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Capacity Development (CD) and New Partnerships Advisor (NPI) Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight to the project’s capacity development strategy for strengthening the capacity of new and under-utilized partners to implement and scale-up COVID-19 interventions. Please note that this position is contingent upon award of funding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of the project’s overall CD strategy to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of new and under-utilized organizations, while maintaining performance and quality of COVID-19 interventions.
  • Responsible for day-today monitoring implementation of CD activities of the program’s global portfolio by mentoring technical teams in the field, ensuring adherence to targets, timelines, budget management and achievement of objectives.
  • Lead/coordinate strategy development, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities concerning CD.
  • Introduce/facilitate network strengthening activities to identify barriers and opportunities for responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Provide innovative solutions for cross-sectoral collaboration and innovative partnerships to effectively respond to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Lead the technical and contextual adaptation of Pact’s CD tools and approaches to support achievement of program objectives and targets,.
  • Support the development and realization of local organizations’ resource mobilization and sustainability strategies, including TA for transitioning to direct USAID funding.
  • Support activities focused on private sector engagement in responding to COVID-19.
  • Support knowledge management, linkages and exchange of learnings and best practices across program activities and project teams.
  • Ensuring strong coordination of multiple project locations, staff and technical teams, to develop, modify and monitor programming elements.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in public health, international development, or related field.
  • At least 10 years’ experience providing capacity development technical support and oversight to large complex, donor-funded projects in developing or transitional countries.
  • Excellent grasp of participatory CD methodologies.
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills in a variety of health and organizational development topics.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Be highly proficient in public speaking and giving concise and insightful presentations of complex data.
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically.
  • Eligibility to work in the US required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous senior-level management and/or advisory experience working on USAID-funded projects.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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