Team Lead, PCM Learning and Adaptive Management

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 June 2020

Job Description


Environmental Incentives is seeking to hire a Team Lead for Learning and Adaptive Management for the Program Cycle Mechanism. The Program Cycle Mechanism is designed to build Agency capacity to implement the Program Cycle effectively and cohesively.

This individual will lead the PCM Learning and Adaptive Management Team. This position is part of the PCM Senior Leadership Team and reports to the Chief of Party. The Learning and Adaptive Management Team is responsible for ensuring the learning and knowledge generated by PCM is shared and applied by our team and by our client. The PCM team will provide technical support and capacity development services to a wide array of USAID operating units. Ensuring that we are learning across that implementation, packaging learning to inform practice, and sharing that learning to drive behavior change both within the implementing team and across USAID is the focus of this position. This is a Key Personnel position.


The Team Lead for Learning and Adaptive Management will:

  • Support organizational learning and increased effectiveness. Establish knowledge management systems and contribute to a learning culture on the PCM team and within EI. Model best practices to develop a trusting team of high-performing staff, cultivating learning through effective communication, and nurturing diversity to improve our performance.
    • Keep in close contact with embedded PCM staff in missions and offices, providing individualized technical assistance and coaching while also generating opportunities for cross-organizational collaboration and learning.
    • Lead internal processes to generate, capture, disseminate, and apply learning from the provision of technical support. Design and facilitate team meetings, retreats, and workshops to draw out learning, engage the full PCM team (including clients as appropriate) and create momentum for new approaches. Facilitate internal Pause and Reflect/adaptive management exercises. Document results for the team and client; monitor progress as recommended course corrections are implemented.
    • Provide technical inputs to the design and implementation of the PCM MEL and CLA approach. Facilitate identification of learning themes and topics and develop and implement approaches to address them.
    • Support development of an internal learning program that helps translate insights from individual buy-in and TA assignments into more broadly applicable knowledge. Help PCM technical specialists identify and refine new best practices, particularly in “emerging” technical areas such as evidence-based decision-making, integrated Program Cycle, and alignment to USAID’s new policy framework and policy priorities.
    • Help develop knowledge products, including new tools and practices, to support improved implementation of the Program Cycle. Provide technical and adult learning inputs to tools and resources developed by PCM.
    • Help Tell the Story by feeding internal and cross-team learning into the knowledge management products and processes of PCM.
  • Provide thought leadership to help our clients achieve success. Contribute thought leadership and technical expertise around the organizational development and change management aspects of the Program Cycle Mechanism.
    • Develop and maintain a strong working partnership with USAID Activity Managers, helping them develop and achieve their vision for success.
    • Cultivate a collaborative, problem-solving approach as a member of the PCM Senior Management Team.
    • Collaborate effectively with and leverage the technical expertise of other senior staff of PCM as well as technical experts across the implementing team.
    • Lead project teams of EI staff and project partners in meeting the Performance Objectives of the Program Cycle Mechanism. Manage the work other technical specialists to help PPL implement the Program Cycle as the Agency’s business model.


Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative and inspired professionals who can provide technical support in a growing practice while being flexible enough to fit into a strong culture. These qualifications are considered the minimum necessary and we expect successful candidates will bring more than the minimum listed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in international development, organizational development, or related field
  • least 10 years’ experience in organizational learning; monitoring, evaluation, and learning for adaptive management; organizational development; facilitation; and/or communications and knowledge management
  • Experience designing and supporting the implementation of change management and capacity development programs
  • Advanced facilitation skills with experience leading complex processes
  • Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel internationally and ability to attend conference calls and virtual meetings with international staff outside of regular business hours approximately 3-6 times per month
  • Consulting/ employment experience with USAID or similar organization in development sector
  • Knowledge of USAID programming, approaches, and policy, including USAID Program Cycle policy, terminology, processes, and tools
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally in French and Spanish preferred


The position will be based in Washington, DC.


Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous annual leave, holiday and sick time, retirement plan options, professional development opportunities and health coverage. Salaries depend on qualifications and location. The annual salary range for this position is $110,000 - $140,000.


Please submit your application no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2020. On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information. We will invite the top candidates to interview and may also request that they complete a short written or analytical skills assessment.


We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment for all employees, where diversity of thought, style, culture and skill is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About the Organization


Environmental Incentives’ mission is to enhance the environment that sustains resilient and healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. Our work improves the effectiveness of conservation and development programs worldwide. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor to natural resource and development program managers across the country and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation operating four offices across the U.S. and supporting field staff in multiple countries.

  • Western Office (headquarters) - South Lake Tahoe, CA 
  • Eastern Office - Washington, DC  
  • Mountain Office - Denver, CO  
  • Southern California Office – San Diego, CA 
  • Kenya Field Office – Nairobi, Kenya

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