Program Manager, Ultra-Poor Graduation Technical Assistance

Organization
BRAC USA
Deadline for Applications
08/14/2015
Contact Information
Please submit the following by August 20th 2015 to Harshani Dharmadasa at harshani@bracusa.org:Cover LetterResume/ CV3 relevant writing samplesPhone and Email Contact information for 3 professional references, with details on the nature of the professional relationshipSalary History

About BRAC USA

BRAC is a development success story, spreading innovative poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other countries around the world. By most measures, it is the largest development organization in the world. It is headquartered in Dhaka, with 120,000 full-time staff reaching an estimated 135 million people with its holistic approach to alleviating poverty. BRAC USA is an independent affiliate of BRAC created in 2007. Our purpose is to raise awareness, mobilize resources and make grants to reduce poverty, improve health, provide education and empower women and girls.

The Ultra Poor Graduation Advocacy Initiative

In 2013 BRAC USA launched the Ultra Poor Graduation Advocacy Initiative. The project aims to catalyze global implementation of the Graduation approach and its adaptation across major stakeholders and “graduate” at least 1 million households from the most extreme forms of poverty by 2020 through 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 work with a small team of development professionals providing project management, advisory services and technical expertise around BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation Approach to a variety of external clients including International NGOs, Microfinance Institutions and Governments. Previous development consulting experience or individual consulting experience, a strong background in livelihoods and the ability to project manage multiple stakeholder initiatives are required. A background in social protection is highly preferred. You are experienced in program design, evaluation, and capacity building in the international development space. You are extremely comfortable in externally facing roles including advisory, advocacy and public speaking.

In addition to supporting technical assistance to existing clients, you will support the roll out of the BRAC entities’ consulting practice around the Graduation approach, managing product and service line development, and business development efforts. You will support the team in delivery of client and donor commitments including immersion visits, events, knowledge management and required reporting. You are self-starter, entrepreneurial and work well in teams. The Program Manager will report to the Project Director who leads the initiative, while working closely with others on the BRAC USA team.

Primary Responsibilities

Support ongoing technical assistance and advocacy initiatives:

  • Support the management of existing technical assistance engagements including program design, rapid livelihoods assessments, implementation oversight, support in training, and input on monitoring, documentation and knowledge management for existing clients;
  • Manage potential external technical consultants and partners to ensure high quality outputs for each engagement;
  • Coordinate production of Technical Assistance products including Feasibility Reports, Market Assessments, Program Design reports and Budgets, Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks to meet client needs;
  • Oversee the production of documentation, donor reporting and communication functions for existing clients and donors;
  • Develop key knowledge management products and disseminate client experiences for donor and government audiences, and to share with clients, BRAC entities and external audiences.

Support expansion of the technical assistance initiative:

  • Business development efforts including proposal development for large multilateral and smaller scale donors, and developing new client relationships with Africa and Asia NGOs, and social protection programs
  • Support developing the strategy and implementation of BRAC’s consulting practice;
  • Support the staff development process that will enable the successful execution of technical assistance engagements including developing products and content to support the orientation and training of new staff;
  • Coordinate and contribute to the creation of the Graduation approach toolkit and capacity building content modules currently being developed for existing and new clients;
  • Manage hosted immersion visits to BRAC’s TUP program in Bangladesh in partnership with BRAC staff;
  • Manage delivery of events and national workshops designed to enhance learning and adaption of the Graduation approach

Skills/ Qualifications/ Experience Education: Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation or another related field;

Experience:

  • At least 8 years of experience in international development, including program design/management or capacity building; experience working in the field in Asia and Africa required;
  • Experience working as a consultant either on behalf of development consulting agencies or multilaterals, or as an individual consultant serving multilaterals, NGOs or government-led initiatives is required for this role;
  • Experience designing and/ or managing livelihoods or social protection programs, highly preferred;
  • Experience as a technical advisor or trainer/ facilitator preferred

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English required. Fluency in French, Portuguese, Swahili, or Bengali a plus;
  • Exceptional ability to communicate via written products, oral communications, presentation and public speaking skills required;
  • Strong, developed leadership ability, and effective project and staff management skills required;
  • Experience with curricula development, training and facilitation preferred;
  • 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;
  • Willingness to travel extensively (30-40%) and in locations with limited amenities.

About BRAC USA

BRAC is a development success story, spreading innovative poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other countries around the world. By most measures, it is the largest development organization in the world. It is headquartered in Dhaka, with 120,000 full-time staff reaching an estimated 135 million people with its holistic approach to alleviating poverty. BRAC USA is an independent affiliate of BRAC created in 2007. Our purpose is to raise awareness, mobilize resources and make grants to reduce poverty, improve health, provide education and empower women and girls.

In 2013 BRAC USA launched the Ultra Poor Graduation Advocacy Initiative. The project aims to catalyze global implementation of the Graduation approach and its adaptation across major stakeholders and “graduate” at least 1 million households from the most extreme forms of poverty by 2020 through 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.

Please submit the following by August 20th 2015 to Harshani Dharmadasa at harshani@bracusa.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/ CV
  • 3 relevant writing samples
  • Phone and Email Contact information for 3 professional references, with details on the nature of the professional relationship
  • Salary History