Technical/Training Specialist

New York City, New York, United States
Apply by 20 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 20 June 2018

Job Description

Position Overview

Trickle Up seeks a professional to execute and expand our technical assistance initiatives for refugees and host community populations living in extreme poverty. The Technical/Training Specialist will support the design and implementation of training and technical support to build the capacity and technical expertise of NGOs, governments and large institutions to serve refugees through the Graduation Approach. The position will also support the development of new strategic partnerships and provide ongoing support to existing partners. The successful candidate, supervised by the Program Director, will have a strong background in capacity building, curriculum design, and training within the international development and economic strengthening contexts. The candidate will ideally have knowledge of and/or experience working with the Graduation Approach, program design and management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, business development, and grant writing and administration.


  • Utilize applied learning techniques to support the design of high-quality curricular, training and workshop materials. Lead or co-lead technical assistance and training initiatives to build the capacity of Trickle Up partners and staff.
  • Provide in-country and remote support to technical assistance clients, enabling high-quality program design, implementation, monitoring, documentation, and knowledge management, with a particular focus on the Graduation Approach.
  • Support the cultivation of existing and new technical assistance partners. Implement and/or lead outreach strategies to attract and retain new partners for Trickle Up’s technical assistance work and for broader strategic collaborations.
  • Manage new and existing grants including research and writing, grant administration, reporting, budgets, and correspondence with funders/donors.
  • Contribute to Trickle Up’s global knowledge management efforts to ensure the collection and use of lessons learned and good practices to support delivery of quality TA, internal learning, and external communications. Support development of relevant materials, program documentation, and lessons learned.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international development, adult learning, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.


  • At least 5 years of experience in international development, including 2 years in capacity building, technical support, or program design and management for international economic strengthening project(s).
  • Prior employment in sustainable livelihoods, economic strengthening, and economic development for vulnerable populations.
  • Experience designing and/or leading capacity building and training initiatives.
  • Experience working in large-scale donor- or host government-led programs.
  • Program or project management experience preferred.
  • Experience with/knowledge of the Graduation Approach and/or gender aspects of livelihoods strongly preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have prior experience in training design and development and/or the provision of technical support.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications and presentation skills in English.
  • Highly organized and an analytical thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective team player and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Behavioral competencies

  • Responsible, dedicated, independent worker who is highly organized.
  • Proactive self-starter, creative problem-solver.
  • Proven ability to meet targets and deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and productive under pressure.


Spanish, French, Arabic and/or Portuguese as a second language preferred.


Ability to travel extensively (40-50%) in locations with limited amenities plus a valid passport.

Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.

This position is available immediately, preferably based in New York or Washington DC, and grant-funded through August 2019 (extension contingent upon continued funding). Individuals must be authorized to work in the U.S.

To Apply

Please click the link and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages maximum), and a list of 3 references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Unfortunately, we cannot respond to questions and phone calls.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

About the Organization

Founded in 1979, Trickle Up’s work equips vulnerable populations, specifically refugees, women, and the indigenous, with economic empowerment skills that enable them to become decision-makers in their lives, households, and communities. We support the extreme-poor to graduate out of poverty to self-reliance (The Graduation Approach) by providing coaching and business skills that foster the creation of savings groups, access to credit, and the development and engagement in livelihood activities. Trickle Up partners with local agencies and community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, global institutions, and governments, and relies on collecting and building evidence-based data that quantifies our outcomes and impact.

Since 2013, Trickle Up has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN agency with a global mandate for the protection of refugees, and various overseas NGOs. We advise agencies on how to reach the poorest and most vulnerable and integrate the Graduation Approach into their livelihoods programs in order to increase economic self-sufficiency and the resiliency of refugees over the long-term.

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