Senior Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation

New York, NY
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

BRAC seeks to hire a Senior Associate to work with a small team of development professionals to provide project management, advisory service, and technical assistance around the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach to a variety of external clients, including governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, and NGOs. The senior associate will support technical assistance engagements to clients, business development for specific client engagements, and deliver on client and donor commitments, including knowledge management and reporting. This position will be based in New York, and will work with staff members across BRAC global operations in New York, London, Bangladesh, and other country offices of BRAC in Asia and Africa. BRAC is recruiting additional positions to expand a global team around the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Senior Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation, will be responsible for supporting ongoing technical assistance initiatives. Responsibilities will evolve as we grow our services and portfolio of advisory contracts. Generally, responsibilities will include the following:

Support technical specialists in delivering high quality technical assistance in the areas of:

Assessments: Context and stakeholder analysis, background research, report drafting

Graduation model design: Supporting field-level data collection, stakeholder interviews, systems analysis, workshop facilitation

Graduation implementation: Supporting recruitment of field staff, designing and delivering training curriculum, work planning and process mapping

Learning and documentation: knowledge product creation

Contribute to the development of systems, processes, and tools for high quality graduation technical assistance

Support business development and fundraising, including proposal development for governments and large multilateral funders, development agencies, and large foundations

Create knowledge products, case studies, and presentations for external audiences

Organize and/or represent the Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative in global and local events to enhance learning and adaptation of the Graduation approach

Travel extensively (30 – 40%), at times in locations with limited amenities


Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or another related field with three years of work experience in international development, including program management and design or capacity building, with field experience in Asia or Africa; or Bachelor’s degree with five years work experience

Familiarity with BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation Approach

Familiarity with livelihoods, social protection, gender, financial inclusion, or health

Experience supporting proposal development and fundraising efforts

Skills and Qualifications:

Exceptional ability to communicate to partners and clients via written products and presentations

Creative problem solver, able to easily adapt to change in a fast-paced environment across multiple teams

Proactive leader, with ability to effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines

Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity

Excellent writing skills in English required. Fluency in French, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic, or Bengali, a plus.

Commitment to BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation Approach and supporting the SDGs

About the Organization


BRAC is the world’s largest development organization, dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. Working across 11 countries in South Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 130 million people. Named the World’s Number 1 Ranked NGO in 2016 by NGO Advisor (, BRAC uses a wide array of antipoverty tools such as microfinance, education, healthcare, food security programs and more.

In 2002, BRAC pioneered the Ultra Poor Graduation approach, a time-bound and sequenced set of interventions for the most vulnerable and destitute within poor communities. The approach has gained widespread recognition and has been adapted and replicated by non-governmental organizations, governments and microfinance institutions with success measured by rigorous independent evaluations and Randomized Control Trials.

In 2013, BRAC launched the Ultra Poor Graduation Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative aims to catalyze global implementation of the Graduation approach and its adoption across major stakeholders 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 adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach, supported through advisory services, technical assistance, training and knowledge transfer from BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor program to external stakeholders interested in, or currently implementing Graduation approaches.

How to Apply

This is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly-effective nonprofit. BRAC USA will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, health, 401k, and vacation benefits.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with state and federal law.

To apply, please visit, and upload your resume, detailed cover letter, references, and writing sample.

No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.