Technical Specialist (Creating Economic Opportunity)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 October 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 12 December 2018
  • Current

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Technical Specialist – Creating Economic Opportunity to support NCBA CLUSA’s international team, based in Washington, DC. The bilingual (Spanish and English) Technical Specialist – Creating Economic Opportunity (TS – CEO) 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, this position is part of the Creating Economic Opportunities (CEO) program area. The position will work to increase economic benefit in market systems by improving technology, relationships, policy environment and institutional capacity. The Technical Specialist -CEO collaboratively works to engage participants as owners that improve standards of living.

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Serve as lead technical resource to the Practice both at HQ and in the field; work with COPs 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; develop and maintain internal communication processes for sharing 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.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • Master’s degree required in Business, Finance, Agriculture, Economics, Policy or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum ten years of relevant program and technical work experience in: business, agriculture, or policy area in the international development sector, including a minimum of three years in a field level position.
  • Minimum three-years previous experience working on donor funded projects; USAID and USDA projects preferred; as well as understanding of compliance with respective donor rules and regulations.
  • 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
  • Experience with evidence-based learning opportunities and leveraging insights for program and organizational performance improvement. Demonstrated thought leader and 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, government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, and 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.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • 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 Spanish.

Travel Requirements:

  • 30%-40% travel expected, including international travel. Ability to work in the field for extended period (up to a month).

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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. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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.

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.

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