Capacity Development Advisor
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
Program Advancement (PADV) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.
Pact is recruiting for a Capacity Development Advisor for the USAID-funded Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (CCD) project in Colombia. The goal of the project is to improve citizen security and community cohesion in migrant receptor communities. More broadly, the project will support a transition from short-term humanitarian assistance for migrants to long-term development assistance for migrants, Colombian returnees, and receptor communities more generally. It will focus on strengthening local systems, processes, and the capacity of the Government of Colombia (GOC) and non-state actors, such as those in civil society, academia, the media, and the private sector.
The Capacity Development (CD) Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight to the project’s capacity development strategy to strengthen civil society and government partners and to build or improve coordination mechanisms between them, so they are better able to protect human rights, serve migrant and receptor communities, and advocate before key actors at the local, regional or national level. The CD Advisor will work in a collaborative and integrated way across project objectives and with all consortium partners to ensure high quality support and expertise is provided to implementing partners. He/she will lead the program’s approach under USAID’s local systems framework and provide technical input to CCD’s network strengthening strategy.
- Lead the development and implementation of the project’s comprehensive CD strategy to strengthen the organizational, technical, and advocacy capacity of implementing partners.
- Foster sustainable collaboration between organizations and authorities for preventing, protecting and responding to human rights violations.
- Lead the technical and contextual adaptation of Pact’s CD tools and approaches to support achievement of program objectives and targets.
- Ensure high-quality technical programming through participatory methodologies, co-creation, and contextualization, as per CCD’s capacity development overarching principles, approaches, and tools.
- Manage the development, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities concerning CD.
- Foster strong collaboration and coordination with the grants management team to integrate CD and subaward monitoring processes and to ensure that capacity development is incorporated into subawards, as appropriate.
- Coordinate technical assistance provided by consortium partners to implementing partners in line with CD action plans.
- Provide high-quality contributions to network strengthening initiatives to ensure alignment and complementarity with the comprehensive CD strategy and achievement of project objectives.
- Carry out CD assessments and manage and maintain updated data in CCD reporting platforms on progress.
- Support knowledge management, linkages and exchange of learnings and best practices across program activities and project teams.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field including organizational development, international development, human rights, education, etc.
- At least five (5) years of experience in civil society strengthening, governance, community mobilization, or human rights programs.
- Excellent grasp of participatory CD methodologies.
- Excellent facilitation and training skills in a variety of organizational development and technical topics.
- Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.
- Strong understanding of the political, economic and social context of Colombia.
- Experience in working with and coordinating with international and national NGOs and government agencies.
- Proven program leadership, management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Ability to frequently travel to project sites within Colombia.
- Colombian nationals strongly preferred.
- Experience implementing USG-funded programs in Colombia; familiarity with reporting and compliance requirements
- Solid understanding of the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing civil society organizations engaged in the protection of human rights and in addressing the needs of migrants and receptor communities.
- Cover Letter
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