Program Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation

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Where to Apply


BRAC is a development success story, spreading innovative poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 11 other countries and is considered by most measures to be the largest international development organization in the world. BRAC is headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh with 115,000 full-time staff reaching an estimated 138 million people through its holistic approach to alleviating poverty. BRAC USA’s purpose is to raise awareness and mobilize resources to reduce poverty, improve health, provide education, and empower women and girls around the world.

In 2013 BRAC USA launched the Ultra Poor Graduation Advocacy Initiative to catalyze global implementation of the BRAC pioneered Graduation approach. The initiative aims to catalyze adoption across major stakeholders to “graduate” households from the most extreme forms of poverty by 2030, in support of Sustainable Development Goal One, to end all forms of poverty everywhere.

The Initiative works towards the following:

Increased awareness and uptake of the Graduation approach by stakeholders including policymakers, development finance agencies, national governments, NGOs and MFI implementers as a result of global advocacy efforts.
Effective implementation of the Graduation approach, supported through technical assistance, training and knowledge transfer from the pioneering Targeting the Ultra-Poor program to external stakeholders interested in, or currently implementing Graduation approaches.

About the Position

You will support the efforts of a small team of development professionals who provide project management, advisory services and technical expertise around BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation Approach to a variety of external clients including international NGOs, development finance agencies, microfinance institutions and governments. You have spent time living, working, and/or studying in developing countries with relevant professional experience in international development. You have supported proposal development and fundraising efforts and demonstrate proven organization skills and an ability to multi-task and prioritize a shifting workload. Excellent writing skills and experience representing projects to a variety of audiences is required. Previous exposure to Graduation programs preferred.

You are self-starter, entrepreneurial and work well in teams. The Program Associate will report to a Program Manager of the Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative while working closely with others on the BRAC USA team.

Primary Responsibilities

Support the team in delivery of client and donor commitments including background research and preparation for immersion visits, trainings, workshops and seminars;

Support the team in global advocacy efforts, including website content development, blog writing, and preparation of internal and external brief, reports, and presentations;

Assist with new business development, including proposal compilation for large multilateral and smaller scale donors, and client acquisition for technical assistance engagements;

Develop knowledge content and disseminate client experiences for donor and government audiences and to share with clients, BRAC entities and external audiences;

Support execution of events and national workshops designed to enhance learning and adaptation of the Graduation approach;
Maintain databases for project organization and grants management;

Research strategic partners and relevant fora for representing BRAC and the Graduation approach to global audiences, among other duties as assigned.

Skills/ Qualifications/ Experience


Bachelor’s degree required, preference will be given to candidates with degrees in social sciences, international development, evaluation or another related field;

Minimum 2 years professional experience in international development, including support of teams in fast-paced and multicultural environment;
Experience working or studying in the field in Asia and Africa preferred;
Experience with livelihoods, financial inclusion or poverty reduction programs preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

Exceptional ability to communicate via written products, oral communications, presentation and public speaking skills;

Diplomatic and highly effective on an interpersonal level, with a high degree of cross-cultural sensitivity;

Self-starter, proactive, able to juggle competing work streams and deadlines, productive under pressure;

Able to absorb large volumes of information quickly in fluid situations, highly organized and analytical thinker;

Creative problem-solver, and adept at working with teams to deliver on client requests;

Proficiency in French, Swahili, or Bengali a plus.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to by June 15, 2016:

Cover Letter
1 – 2 relevant writing samples
Phone and Email Contact information for 3 professional references, with details on the nature of the professional relationship
Salary History

Additional Information

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States on a permanent basis, as BRAC USA is unable to sponsor applicants for this position.