Training Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 April 2019
  • Maryland, United States | Rockville, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 19 May 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

EnCompass LLC is currently seeking a full-time Training Advisor candidate for an anticipated, upcoming Famine Early Warning Systems Network contract. The Training Advisor will be based in the Washington, DC metro area, with some global travel to field offices.

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET monitors data and information on factors that affect food security and livelihoods, such as weather conditions and climate, crop production, pasture conditions, markets and trade, and nutrition. FEWS NET produces regular reports—for example the Food Security Outlook and Outlook Updates, emergency alerts, and market and price updates—and, in the next phase of the program, will including analysis and basic research on food security drivers and crosscutting issues such as climate change and resilience. In addition to strengthening the technical skills of its staff in DC and around the world, FEWS NET also contributes to strengthening the institutional and individual capacities of partner countries to advance and strengthen early warning capacity and systems. FEWS NET relies on close collaboration with international, regional, and national partners on food security analysis and reinforcement of food security networks.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

The Training Advisor will provide leadership and guidance on internal training of FEWS NET staff (both in the DC office and field) as well as organizational development of network partners.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop an annual workplan—working with technical matter experts—to identify the training needs and develop a training plan that strengthens the technical skills of FEWS NET staff across the activity;
  • Conceptualize and delivery training for new staff (as part of their orientation) and deepen skills in technical areas that need to be strengthened;
  • Work with field staff to use a network development approach to identify and suggest solutions at the national and sub-national levels to fill gaps of key network partners to carry out high quality emergency food security analysis;
  • Provide additional trainings to project staff and partners on new subjects such topics as resilience, gender analysis, and collecting sex-disaggregated data; and
  • Act as a liaison to Pillar 3 activities to identify training needs for FEWS NET staff for new initiatives.

Position Requirements


  • An advanced degree in education, agriculture, economics, or agricultural economics, public administration, geography, finance, business administration, public administration, economics or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ of experience international development or international training and education with at least 5 years focused on staff training and development, institutional capacity building, and performance management.

Experience and Skills

  • Experience in designing and delivering customized trainings to technical staff in national institutions and regional organizations.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian assistance programs and relief agencies that work in food security and/or disaster risk management.
  • Strong training, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluent English required; fluent French or Spanish preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit CV and cover letter to

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.

About the Organization

EnCompass is a women-owned business offering innovative and customized solutions for leadership, capacity strengthening, technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation. We have experience in more than 70 countries and a team of more than 100 staff and 1,200 experts around the globe.

We partner with government and multilateral agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations around the world, offering thought leadership, rich diversity, and technical expertise in global health, inclusive development, education, human rights, and food security.

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