Senior Technical Lead, Ultra-Poor Graduation

New York, NY
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About the Position

BRAC seeks to hire a Senior Technical Lead to join a growing team of consultants that provide advisory services and technical assistance around the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach to a variety of external clients. Reporting to the Director of Advisory Services, s/he will provide mentoring and technical guidance to a team of Project Leads to design and deliver advisory services to clients including UN Agencies, Bi-lateral and multi-lateral funders, International NGOs, and governments. The Senior Technical Lead will also contribute critical sector expertise to project design and implementation; lead business development, and deliver on client and donor commitments. 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provide strategic guidance and technical input to our growing portfolio of advisory services contracts including feasibility studies, program design, rapid livelihoods assessments, data collection, graduation implementation, curriculum development, and research methods
Mentor a team of dedicated and enthusiastic Project Leads, providing guidance and technical insight on current client engagements.
Oversee and contribute to the production of technical assistance products and tools, including feasibility reports, market assessments, Graduation-related training tools and capacity building content, program design reports, budgets, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks; and donor reports
Lead business development, including research and development of new project concepts; proposal development for large multilateral and smaller scale donors; and cultivating new and existing client relationships with key global stakeholders;
Represent the Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative in global and local events to enhance learning and adaptation of the Graduation approach; and
Travel (20 – 30%), at times in locations with limited amenities.

Education and Experience:

MBA or Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation or another related field required;
10+ years of applicable experience in organizational consulting, international development, including program design and management, or capacity building; with field experience in Asia or Africa required;
Preference given to those with experience designing and implementing social protection programming through governments or large NGOs; individuals with deep knowledge of social protection, livelihoods, resilience programming, or research methods.
Experience working on behalf of development consulting agencies, multilaterals, such as the UN or World Bank, or as an individual consultant serving multilaterals, NGOs, or government-led initiatives required;
A proven track record in new business development with experience leading proposal development and fundraising efforts;
Experience managing teams and mentoring young professionals
Experience as a technical advisor in curricula development, training and facilitation

Knowledge and Skills:

Exceptional ability to communicate to partners and clients via written products and presentations;
Strong mentor with demonstrated experience building teams
Creative problem solver; able to easily adapt to change in a fast-paced environment
Proactive leader, with ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines;
Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity; and
Excellent writing and public speaking skills in English required. Fluency in French, Swahili, Arabic, or Bengali a plus.
About the Organization

Additional Information

BRAC is a development success story, currently spreading innovative poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other countries around the world. 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 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 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.