Technical Specialist, Ultra-Poor

BRAC, New York, United States

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th January, 2018

Job Description

The Technical Specialist, Ultra-Poor Graduation will be responsible for leading and supporting ongoing technical assistance initiatives. Responsibilities will evolve as we grow our services and portfolio of advisory contracts. Generally, responsibilities will include the following: ? Lead and support teams of consultants to deliver high quality technical assistance in the areas of: o Feasibility assessments: Analyzing whether a graduation approach is the appropriate fit within an existing social protection system or NGO structure o Graduation model design: Conducting field-level data collection, rapid livelihoods assessments, market assessments, stakeholder interviews, systems analysis, workshop facilitation o Graduation implementation: Recruiting field staff, designing and delivering training curriculum, operational support to local partners (e.g. process mapping, implementation design, etc.), coordination across multiple entities and programs includingmanaging relationships across ministries, donors, and other key stakeholders o Learning and documentation: M&E and/or research design, knowledge product creation ? Lead or contribute to the development of systems, processes and tools for high quality graduation technical assistance ? Supervise, train, and mentor junior members of the team ? Lead or support business development and fundraising, including proposal development for governments and large multilateral funders, development agencies, and large foundations; develop and/or manage relationships with these actors, as well ? 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

Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, evaluation or another related field required
  • At least 7 years of experience in international development, including program design, implementation, and budgeting;with field experience in Asia or Africa, required
  • Sector experience in livelihoods, social protection, gender, financial inclusion, or health ? Experience as a technical advisor in curricula development, training, and facilitation
  • 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
  • Familiarity with BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation Approach
  • A proven track record in new business development with experience supporting proposal development and fundraising efforts
  • Experience managing teams or individuals

Experience Requirements:

  • 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 ? Proactive leader, with ability to effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines
  • Strong manager and mentor, with the ability to identify growth opportunities and provide ongoing mentoring and guidance to junior staff
  • Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills in English required. Fluency in French, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic, or Bengali, a plus


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