Capacity Development Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 13 September 2019
  • 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. Department 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

Pact is recruiting for a Capacity Development Director for an upcoming global project Global Technical Leadership and Targeted Technical Assistance for MNCH/FP/RH which will focus on: 1) the provision of targeted technical and capacity development assistance to USAID missions, partner countries, and local organizations for sustained improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health and FP/RH outcomes to advance country progress along the journey to self-reliance; and 2) contributions to global technical leadership and policy-dialogue for achievement of MNCH/FP/RH goals. The program will also provide an avenue for countries to transition their prime awards to indigenous partners.

The Capacity Development (CD) Director will provide technical leadership and oversight to the project’s capacity development strategy for improving and institutionalizing capacity of host-country institutions, local organizations, and providers to deliver evidence-based, quality MNCH/FP/RH services. 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 country institutions, local organizations, and providers that provide MNCH/FP/RH services..
  • 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 the technical and contextual adaptation of Pact’s CD tools and approaches, with an eye towards transitioning local organizations to direct donor funding, including Integrated Technical Organizational Capacity Assessment (ITOCA), Organizational Performance Index (OPI), network analysis, and institutional strengthening plans.
  • Oversee a team that leads the full cycle of subaward management activities that are integrated within the overall CD strategy, from planning through selection, pre-award assessment, negotiation, monitoring/compliance visits, closeout and transition to direct USAID funding.
  • Monitor potential risks and actively engages with program team on mitigation of risks as they arise.
  • Provide innovative solutions to granting needs, especially concerning local partners on the cusp of receiving direct USAID funding for the first time and local organizations receiving USAID funding that need support increasing their absorption capacity.
  • Lead/coordinate strategy development, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities concerning CD.
  • Introduce/facilitate network analysis and network strengthening activities to identify barriers and opportunities for advancing sustained improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health and FP/RH outcomes.
  • Develop Cross-sectoral collaboration and innovative partnerships between MNCH/FP/RH and non-MNCH/FP/RH organizations.
  • Lead efforts on enhancing capacity of country governing bodies to align MNCH/FP/RH policies and guidelines with international standards and evidence-based, innovative, and promising practices.
  • Support the development and realization of local organizations’ resource mobilization and sustainability strategies.
Basic Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, or related field.
  • At least 7 years’ experience providing capacity development technical support and/or grants management 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 experience developing organizational capacity in financial and grant management, human resources, USG compliance, and related topics.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse and dispersed 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.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Direct experience with USAID transition awards and/or successfully graduating indigenous partners to direct donor funding.

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, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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