Technical Advisor, Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative

UPGI seeks to hire a Technical Advisor for a growing team that provides advisory services, and technical assistance around the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach to a variety of partners, ranging from governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs and in-country technical team members.

Reporting to the Head of Program Design and Impact, the Technical Advisor will lead and support technical assistance engagements to partner organizations including governments, multilateral institutions, and BRAC entities; ensure satisfactory service delivery to technical assistance partners and clients; contribute to business development; and mentor junior technical staff. The Technical Advisor will also play a critical role in supporting the Head with strategy development and strengthening the technical capacity of a globally dispersed team. The UPGI team is globally located and the position may be based in many possible locations, though preference will be given to candidates with the right to live and work in one of BRAC International’s hubs in Washington DC, New York, London, the Hague, Nairobi, or Dhaka.

Key responsibilities of the Technical Advisor include but are not limited to the following:


Primary Responsibilities:

Technical Assistance

Provide central oversight, expertise, and support to Country Engagement Teams, once established, on graduation program design and adaptation, program operations and implementation (e.g., with UPG and BI), technical thematic areas, and government capacity building:Ensure countries’ graduation program design and implementation aligns with UPGI overarching strategy and goals
Ensure quality assurance, consistency, and standardization across country graduation program design and implementation, such as through templates where possible, review of critical deliverables, and regular touchpoints
Provide toolkits and training to Country Engagement Teams on program design and adaptation, program operations and implementation, technical thematic areas, and government capacity building
Create tools for assessment and implementation support of government and potential partner programs
Facilitate cross-country sharing of learnings and best practices on program design, adaptation, implementation, and government engagement for Technical Assistance team members and broader UPGI, in coordination with Impact Monitoring Lead and Knowledge & Learning Lead
Provide specialized expertise and input on technical areas such as labor and jobs, microfinance, agriculture and value chains, gender, natural resource management, potentially migration, and fragile contexts
Strengthen the capacity of global technical assistance team members and other BRAC colleagues to deliver effective services and support to our partner organizations.
Deliver timely and accurate reporting to relevant partners for existing engagements.
Oversee and contribute to the development of technical assistance systems, processes, tools, and products, including capacity assessments, market assessments, program design reports, operations plan, training curriculum and tools, budgets, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and client partner reporting.
Lead discrete technical assistance engagements and manage partner relations with governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs implementing the Graduation approach through overseeing contract teams conducting assessments, program design, planning, implementation oversight, and monitoring and learning from program implementation.
Provide technical inputs in knowledge products and represent UPGI in global and local events to disseminate knowledge, enhance learning and adaptation of the Graduation approach, as needed.
Travel (estimated 30%), at times in locations with limited amenities when safe to do so pending impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Development

Support the Head of Program Design and Impact with business development as needed:Technical inputs to scopes of work and concept notes for prospective partners
Proposal development for multilateral partners and relevant donors
Cultivation of new and existing relationships with key stakeholders


Organizational Development

Contribute to the expansion of UPGI’s global and country teams by providing inputs into the operationalization of a new operating model strategy and emerging structure
Provide inputs in country landscaping and relevant team change management activities
Support internal capacity-building of new staff through onboarding and training activities


Team Management

Manage direct reports where assigned including Technical Officers and/or Senior Associates
Oversee contract project teams for discrete technical assistance engagements
Support the recruitment and onboarding process, train and mentor a team of dedicated and enthusiastic Technical Officers, Senior Associates, and Associates, providing guidance and technical insight on partner engagements as needed


Safeguarding Responsibilities

Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment and exploitation to achieve the programme’s goals on safeguarding implementation. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
Practice, promote and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action.
Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.


Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, monitoring and evaluation or another related field required
8-10 years of experience in international development, including program design and management, and/or capacity building with governments or large NGOs preferred
Sector expertise in livelihoods and economic inclusion, social protection, gender, or financial inclusion required; Graduation, cash-plus, or similar experience highly preferred
Experience working on behalf of or partnered with multilateral institutions, such as the UN or World Bank, NGOs, or government-led initiatives highly preferred, particularly experience with the Asian Development Bank.
A proven track record in new business development with experience supporting proposal development and fundraising or new contract acquisition efforts
Proactive leader with ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing work streams
Exceptional ability to communicate with partners and clients
Experience managing teams and mentoring young professionals
Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity
Excellent writing skills in English required. Fluency in French, Swahili, or Arabic, a plus
Application deadline: Please apply on or before June 30, 2022.


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