Officer, Capacity Development

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 January 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 13 February 2019
  • 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.


Program Advancement (PADV) - 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 (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Position Overview

The Officer will work collaboratively with the Integrated Program Advancement team, other Pact Departments, and Country Directors and country office staff to support strengthening of organizational and staff capacity to design and manage high-quality development initiatives and proactively contribute to the development and implementation of Pact’s global capacity development agenda. S/He provides technical support to Pact’s capacity development activities, ensures vibrant knowledge sharing within Pact’s Capacity Development Community of Practice, and represent Pact’s competency in capacity development with key internal and external stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

Learning, leveraging, and thought leadership (Thought Leadership)

  • Contributing to implementation of Capacity Development within Pact’s Global Strategy and Capacity Development Sector Strategy
  • Provide technical expertise and support the development of training curriculums. Internally and externally, build relationships and create opportunities to help colleagues, peers, and potential partners understand what CD is, including 1.0, 2.0, and how/why Pact is a global leader in CD
  • Contribute and support thought leadership initiatives and innovations on capacity development
  • Providing support to Pact’s Capacity Development Community of Practice.
  • Collaboratively developing and maintaining donor and partner relationships, with a priority on partnerships important to Pact’s integrated approach
  • Representing Pact at conferences, agencies, internal and external meetings and other fora, documenting where necessary
  • Ensuring project intellectual capital is properly captured, archived and disseminated

Ensuring quality programming (Quality Implementation)

  • Promoting Pact policy and standards in Capacity Development, and helping develop guidance as needed.
  • Supporting country programs and projects to deliver high-quality capacity development initiatives through technical assistance, training, mentoring, cross-fertilization, methodology development, documentation and collaboration
  • Traveling to country offices to provide project support, as needed
  • Participating in the recruitment of staff as required
  • Cooperating and collaborating with Program Delivery, Opportunity Development and other Pact teams to ensure supported projects meet their objectives including budgetary

Innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation (Opportunity Development)

  • Collaborating with Pact Ventures on social enterprise development initiatives
  • Will contribute but may also serve as a technical writer, designer for selected bids and proposals
  • Monitoring Capacity Development activities within projects and global annual indicators
  • Conducting client surveys and utilize learning to adapt Capacity Development services
  • Supporting Capacity Development Team logistics and other duties as needed

Basic Requirements

  • MA and at least 4 years of relevant experience or BA and at least 6 years of relevant experience\
  • Ability to travel regularly and at short-notice (approximately 35- 50%)
  • Work experience in a developing country and at least 2 years of experience in international development
  • Fluency in English
  • Familiarity with principles of capacity development and their link to social change
  • Strong facilitation, teaching and coaching skills and experience, including capacity and performance assessments, network mapping, and curriculum development
  • Ability to work independently and to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Sound networking and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and collegially in teams
  • Ability to establish and sustain positive relationships with Pact staff, partners, donor organizations and peer organizations
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Ability to translate technical information into practical guidance and tools and effectively communicate these using print, electronic and presentation media
  • Proficient in MS Office

Preferred Qualifications

  • Communication skills in French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Swahili
  • Familiarity with design software (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign) is a plus
  • Experience in developing e-learning curriculum, including using webinars, writing scripts, and using social media for learner exchanges
  • Experience in political economy or GESI analysis
  • Experience working in urban settings

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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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