Capacity Development Technical Advisor

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 December 2019
  • Colombia
  • Closing on 12 January 2020
  • Current

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 Technical Advisor for an upcoming project in Colombia, Conectando Caminos por los Derechos. The goal of the project is to support a transition from short-term humanitarian assistance for migrants to long-term development assistance for migrants, Colombian returnees, and receptor communities more generally. It will focus on strengthening local systems, processes, and the capacity of the Government of Colombia (GOC) and non-state actors, such as those in civil society, academia, the media, and the private sector.’

The Capacity Development Technical Advisor develops and implements the capacity development (CD) strategy for the project and coordinates the implementation of technical and organizational CD support to state and non-state actors, working in close coordination with consortium partners. S/he applies locally-led and systems-based approaches to ensure joint action among key stakeholders. This includes designing or adapting existing CD tools, systems, and assessment methodologies. The Capacity Development Technical Advisor also leads advocacy and networking related components, and contributes to the project’s learning agenda and evidence-based programming. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of the project’s holistic capacity development approach, in close coordination with project’s Ensure the project’s CD interventions are systems-based, user-driven and flexible.
  • Leader collaborative, co-creation processes in developing CD approaches to ensure joint ownership of the CD strategy among all consortium members tasked with implementing components of the project.
  • Design/adapt and implement capacity development tools, systems, and assessment methodologies.
  • Design and customize capacity development interventions (i.e. training, mentoring, exchanges, embedded technical assistance) to suit the target audience among state and non-state actors. As appropriate, coordinate and manage the delivery of capacity development interventions by consortium members and other local partners.
  • Lead organizational capacity assessments and guide partners in the development of prioritized institutional strengthening plans. Consolidate assessment results across the cohort of partners to identify and analyze organizational capacity patterns and identify new strategic directions for capacity development support.
  • Track institutional strengthening plans to ensure that all capacity development priorities are documented and tracked over time.
  • Document effective capacity development approaches, methodologies and activities for continuous learning and adapting in the project’s evolving context and for sharing as best practices more broadly.
  • Work closely with the MEL Manager to develop processes for measuring the impact of CD interventions.
  • Assist with the development of annual work plans, performance monitoring plans (PMPs), and reports for submission to and approval by donors.

Basic Requirements

  • Relevant Master’s degree with practical experience in implementing capacity development programming and trainings, including in conducting CD assessments.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in successful CD of civil society organizations and/or government actors in the region, with specific experience working with organizations focused on human rights.
  • Familiarity with CD tools and processes, including systems-based and network strengthening approaches.
  • Fluency in Spanish; Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Colombian Nationals strongly encouraged to apply
  • Previous experience working with USAID funded programs and knowledge of USAID regulations.
  • Technical expertise in human rights issues.



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.

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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