Senior Technical Associate, Natural Resource Management

  • Posted on 13 April 2021
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States | Burlington, Vermont, United States
  • Closing on 13 May 2021

Job Description

Who We Are

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all.

Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results.

Resonance was recently named one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing privately-held companies. We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

Position Mandate

The Senior Associate on the Natural Resource Management Sector Team will provide critical technical expertise throughout project life cycles and play a vital role in our business development efforts across the firm’s natural resource management portfolio. The Senior Associate will support thought leadership, business development, and technical implementation of projects related to private sector engagement and market-based approaches related to natural resources management, preferably in the areas of energy and/or water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The Senior Associate will support Resonance’s technical implementation of multiple complex US- and field-based USG-funded natural resource management contracts, as well as related corporate sustainability projects. They will also lead capture and proposal development for USG, other donor, and corporate contracts.

This is a full-time position based in Burlington, VT, or Washington, DC reporting to the Director, Natural Resource Management. Ability to travel 20% internationally on short notice required.

OUTCOMES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Technical Direction and Client Engagement

  • Serve as a technical expert for Resonance’s natural resource management engagements with donor, industry, non-profit, foundation, and other clients across Resonance’s Project/Client Delivery Units, preferably in the fields of energy and/or WASH
  • Act as technical resource for clients, partners, delivery teams, and field staff by providing technical direction, leading sectoral innovation, designing and testing new models and approaches, and generating compelling reports and presentations on private-sector engagement and market-based approaches for natural resource management issues
  • Share lessons learned across projects and activities to strengthen field work, scale-up successes, and test concepts in new locations and contexts
  • Provide technical management and oversight of Resonance technical tasks and workstreams (e.g. research, private sector landscape analyses, trainings, etc.), as well as consultants and field teams to ensure high quality outcomes
  • Mentor US- and field-based staff in technical implementation and use of Resonance’s approaches and tools.
  • Design and facilitate workshops, co-creation sessions, partnership development, etc.

Business Development

  • Lead and contribute to efforts that explore and develop opportunities with donor, commercial, impact investment, non-profit, and philanthropic clients, particularly USAID headquarters and field prime bids
  • Draft and prepare proposals, pitch decks, and other business development resources
  • Maintain, expand, and enhance Resonance’s business and partner network, including commercial, foundation, and NGO partners
  • Serve as a member of proposal development teams, including as lead technical writer and/or proposal Chief

Thought Leadership

  • Draft blog posts and articles that demonstrate and advance Resonance’s leadership at the intersection of natural resource management and private sector engagement, partnerships, investment, enterprise development, innovation, etc.
  • Raise Resonance’s profile through select speaking engagements at industry and sector events

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Public Administration, Business Administration, Natural Resource Management, or other relevant field
  • 8+ years of professional experience in a global development and/or management consulting context, preferably with field implementation experience
  • Technical expertise in natural resource management, preferably in energy and/or WASH
  • Proven capability in private sector engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to lead business development efforts in USAID context
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence and ability to build strong collaborative relationships with a diverse range of colleagues, partners, and stakeholders
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including task and time management
  • Eligibility to work in US

PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES

  • Experience in energy and/or WASH
  • Global development field implementation experience
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Arabic

COMPETENCIES

  • Client focus
  • Problem solving orientation
  • Ability to foster open communication and actively listen
  • Financial acumen
  • Relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability & flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Drive and commitment
  • Accountability
  • Emotional Intelligence

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

Ability to travel up to 20% internationally on short notice.

WORK AUTHORIZATION/SECURITY CLEARANCE

US work authorization required.

AAP/EEO STATEMENT

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of Resonance is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Resonance hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Resonance believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables each associate to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

We expect and require the cooperation of all employees in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.

About the Organization

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial, and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all.

Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results.

Resonance was recently named one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing privately-held companies. We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

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