Principal Global Practice Specialist (GPS)/ Senior Principal GPS, Land Tenure and Property Rights (4251)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 February 2019
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 26 June 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Job Title/Grade: Principal Global Practice Specialist (12), Sr Principal Global Practice Specialist (13) Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR)

Department: Technical Services

Reports to: Senior Principal Global Practice Manager, Environment

Date: April 24, 2019

Function of the Position:

The person hired for this position will help develop and manage a portfolio of initiatives and projects in the LTPR field, funded by USAID and other donors. The Principal Global Practice Specialist (PGPS)/Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist (SPGPS) for Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) will report to the Senior Principal Global Practice Manager for Environment in Bethesda and will coordinate closely with the Global Practice Leader for LTPR (located in the UK) and will be based in Technical Services/Environment (ENV) Sector in Bethesda. This is a full-time position. He/she will:

  • Support the Global Practice for LTPR in the Technical Services/ENV team to establish new LTPR business targets based on market knowledge and evolution;
  • Help build DAI’s reputation as a thought leader in the international community of organizations and professionals engaged in land tenure and property rights work;
  • Identify and help position DAI to become a leading provider of LTPR technical assistance with particular emphasis on community-based, technically appropriate and cost-effective approaches to securing the property rights of low-income urban and rural residents and women and other vulnerable groups to land and natural resources;
  • Support DAI’s worldwide partnerships in the delivery of LTPR services, including DAI’s STARR-II IDIQ consortium, a network of private sector and non-profit organizations, and research groups and universities that collaborate, under DAI’s leadership, in offering and providing technical assistance services in LTPR to USAID;
  • Deliver excellent technical support and innovation to USAID and other donor-funded projects being carried out by DAI teams worldwide.

Roles and Responsibilities

The incumbent will network with other Delivery and Technical Services groups within DAI.

The percentages below are notional and may change depending on evolving business needs.

Technical (30%)

  • The GPS will deliver technical expertise to projects in the field of land tenure/property rights, and will provide technical assistance to projects in the agriculture, economic development, NRM and climate change sectors where tenure reform and provision of secure rights to property are critical to achievement of larger project goals. Develop Monitoring and Evaluation tools appropriate to assessing project progress toward achieving LTPR sector objectives and gauging the effectiveness and impact of gender mainstreaming activities. Work with Chiefs of Party and program directors to ensure projects are following or advancing best practices, achieving expected targets, meeting client expectations, and take full advantage of programs to capture and share innovations being developed by project teams.
  • Support the STARR-2 IDIQ – USAID’s main procurement vehicle for LTPR. Ensure that communications with DAI’s consortium members build and sustain their commitment to the DAI-led team. Work closely with USAID LTPR staff to support their communications efforts and build thought leadership. Attend quarterly meeting of the STARR-II consortia and meetings of the DAI consortium.

Business Development and Growth (40%)

  • Using market knowledge and analysis, work with Technical Services and Delivery team members to identify and prioritize opportunities that will make a significant impact in securing the property rights of the poor, including poor women and the members of socially and economically vulnerable communities. Provide a return to DAI shareholders, and offer interesting and rewarding opportunities for international and local technical staff to help solve significant development challenges. Lead and/or support the development of winning proposals as champion and/or lead or supporting writer. Work with proposal teams to formulate convincing technical approaches, develop responsive technical narratives, competitive staffing and management structures, and provide inputs into the proposal budgeting process.

Knowledge Management (15%)

  • The GPS will work with DAI’s technical sectors to identify and highlight innovative approaches being implemented in LTPR projects around the world. Using this knowledge base, participate in professional land tenure networks and events that provide strategic opportunities to showcase work being carried out by DAI, including for instance the annual World Bank conference on land. He/she will seek out opportunities to expand internal and external understanding of DAI’s work in land tenure and property rights, draft articles for DAI’s “Developments” and other publications, and develop and maintain external networks of partners, clients, and individual consultants that DAI can tap to identify business opportunities and deliver outstanding results. The successful candidate should be familiar with a variety of land tenure and property rights regimes, including customary tenure systems, common property resource management arrangements, and systems based on state registration of private and customary rights.

Project Support and Coordination (15%)

  • Identify, capture and share information and lessons learned from past and present projects with proposal teams and other field projects. Update key tools and lessons learned on the DAI Solutions/EH portal.

Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 12: Minimum of 13 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or 11 years relevant work experience and a Master’s degree, or 9 years relevant work experience and a PhD.
  • Grade 13: Minimum of 17 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or 15 years relevant work experience and a Master’s degree, or 13 years relevant work experience and a PhD.
  • Experience working in/with developing countries and preferably managing programs that deliver technical expertise/support in land tenure and/or property rights.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to other technical sectors and practices such as Governance, Economic Growth, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change or Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
  • Demonstrated experience conceptualizing and implementing strategic initiatives with a preference for experience in engaging disadvantaged populations in land tenure and/or property rights.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and lead teams for winning new business and delivering excellent results to clients.
  • Ability to take on both leadership and support roles in the development of plans, proposals and in carrying out work.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience writing strong technical proposals for USAID or other clients.
  • Ability to travel to all countries where DAI implements its projects, barring times when DAI Global security has deemed travel unsafe, an estimated 25% of the time for proposal reconnaissance and provision of technical support to projects.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish, French or other regional language.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

About the Organization

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For over 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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