SCOPE AND PURPOSE:
The Technical Specialist provides programmatic expertise and technical acumen to the practice and business development process; as well as, overall thought leadership. The incumbent ensures that projects are aligned with NCBA CLUSA’s principles and strategic priorities; oversees technical program design and quality control; provides overall integration of innovative ideas and evidence-based learning; and champions information exchange and learning across the organization.
Specifically, the Technical Specialist will support the Practice Director to ensure quality programming in the field, evidenced by strong, resilient groups. Although most of our groups are agricultural marketing cooperatives, we are interested in deepening our cooperative efforts to include other types of cooperatives. The incumbent will promote the cooperative business model as an important, sustainable, and cost-effective development instrument.
ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Serve as lead technical resource to the Practices both at HQ and in the field; work with Chiefs of Party and senior field technical staff in the development of a vision and strategy and ensure the quality of project interventions; provide management oversight to a Program Management project team; additionally, develop and maintain internal communication processes for sharing their collective project/program learnings.
- Collaborate with business development and program teams to identify and generate new business opportunities including positioning, capture planning and partnership development.
- Serve as proposal technical lead and/or writer and provide technical input to the project design, integrate technical and financial aspects, incorporate best practices, program solution models, and other resources as appropriate.
- Coordinate research to capture lessons learned and best practices from projects and ensure documentation and dissemination to inform organizational project design, implementation and industry best practices.
- Apply superior writing skills and technical expertise to author articles and thought pieces, provide review and substantive editing to interim and technical reports, and craft technical proposals.
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Advise NCBA CLUSA leadership on development trends, strategies, and global opportunities especially in area(s) of cooperative development, cooperative governance, cooperative finance, cooperative enabling environment, and strengthening local organizations to support cooperative development.
- Design and deliver global training that builds the technical capacity of program staff; as well as, increase the technical knowledge of training facilitators, regional coordinators and others as part of a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) model.
- Enhance visibility of NCBA CLUSA among the development community and funders by participating in events; organizing presentations, conference appearances, and Capitol Hill-based activities; and authoring papers.
- Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director and Knowledge Manager to implement an integrated Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Framework (as outlined by USAID project cycle guidance) to include:
- Identification and application of evidence-based interventions and provide training and capacity building to program staff.
- Monitoring, evaluation and improvement assistance of country programs and projects; champion the documentation of lessons learned and best practices, and continuously integrate changes to programs for greater impact.
- Coordinating the process for effectively communicating with partners lessons learned to reduce duplication and share knowledge.
- Fill in short-term program vacancies, as required.
To perform this job successfully the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and abilities required. easonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES
- Master’s degree highly preferred in Social Sciences such as Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Agriculture, Agribusiness, or Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of experience with cooperatives.
- Minimum ten years of relevant program and technical work experience in cooperative development in the international development sector or within a cooperative including a minimum of three years in a field level position.
- Demonstrated success leading and/or contributing to new business development can include: bid/no-bid vetting, proposal design, proposal writing, market intelligence, development of external partnerships, etc.
- Demonstrated experience in design and/or delivery of training and technical assistance.
- International field experience working with multi-cultural teams.
- Demonstrated experience managing meetings and teams virtually.
- Experience with evidence-based learning opportunities and leveraging insights for program and organizational performance improvement. Demonstrated thought leader and/or innovator in specified area of technical expertise.
- Project management experience related to project oversight is a plus.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Demonstrated ability to productively build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, field staff, government agencies, NGOs, private sector, other donor organizations, internationally-based consultants and sub-contractors.
- Manage program/assigned projects: contributing to annual planning; timely, high quality implementation of activities; and monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and deliverables.
- Knowledge of Learning and Adaptive Management principles and models; may include USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA).
- Prior usage of MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and Web Conferencing Applications.
- An entrepreneurial spirit with excellent leadership, communication, presentation, writing and interpersonal skills.
- Innovative and creative thinker, proactive, resourceful, solutions and results oriented.
- Demonstrated success in motivating, mentoring, and supervising diverse teams of employees; as well as, work productively with peers across departments.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to be able to accept and discharge substantial responsibilities, to prioritize work assignments, to meet deadlines, and to exercise professional judgment.
- Understanding and respect for cultural differences.
- Ability to quickly adapt and be flexible; as well as support teams through change initiatives.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and functional proficiency in Spanish a requirement.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: 30%-40% travel expected, including international travel.
About the Organization
NCBA CLUSA is the primary voice in the United States for people who use cooperatives to build a better world. By strengthening cooperatives, building resilient communities and providing economic opportunities, NCBA CLUSA, through its international and US programs, works through the cooperatives principles in more than 20 countries. Since 1916, NCBA CLUSA has shared the cooperative advantage, highlighting the impact cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals, families and communities. Through its advocacy program, NCBA CLUSA educations lawmakers and promotes the cooperative business model, working with public and private thought leaders.
NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.
NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202.638.6222.