Global Director, Capacity Development

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow.  The promise of a healthy life.  Of dignified living. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities.  Since 1971, Pact has helped millions of people build their own solutions and take ownership over their future. Pact enables systemic solutions for people to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview

Pact’s vision is 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 (IPA) team contributes to this by:

  • Learning, leveraging, and thought leadership for Pact’s core technical areas  
  • Ensuring quality programming through technical support and monitoring 
  • Contributing to innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation    

Position Purpose

Reporting to the VP for IPA, the Global Director Capacity Development is responsible for driving Pact’s work in capacity development and ensuring that Pact remains at the cutting edge of thought leadership. The successful candidate will play a central role in growing the portfolio, focusing on quality and impact and ensuring that Pact’s work is articulated externally.  The Director will ensure that Pact’s programming is integrated, including capacity development where most relevant.

Key Responsibilities

Learning, leveraging and thought leadership

  • Driving thought leadership of capacity development research and practice internally and externally
  • Manage a globally networked team of capacity development professionals, facilitate networked learning among practitioners, and support adoption of high-quality and innovative practices in capacity development
  • Act as a conduit for ideas between Pact and external audiences, publishing and promoting Pact’s work in different thematic areas and country contexts as appropriate
  • Lead the organization-wide implementation of standards and values in capacity development
  • Support an integrated approach to capacity development that is infused throughout Pact’s engagement with partner organizations. Capacity development may be integrated into one or more of the following programmatic areas and signature initiatives: health, livelihoods, natural resource management, governance, and Mines to Markets
  • Ensure internal connectivity and networking for sharing and learning among Pact’s capacity development practitioners

Ensuring quality programming

  • Support the capacity development of Pact’s staff worldwide through the provision of training, mentoring, and professional development materials 
  • Lead the development of cutting-edge materials around flagship approaches and tools for high-quality capacity development 
  • Coordinate with other Pact teams to provide technical assistance to implementation of priority capacity development initiatives
  • Coordinate and supervise a team of capacity development experts to provide remote and in-person technical assistance to ongoing programs

Innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation

  • Coordinate with monitoring and evaluation efforts to implement a global learning agenda focused on the results of capacity development 
  • Ensure high quality technical support throughout the project design and proposal development process, increasing Pact’s success in acquiring additional and new sources of funding across a variety of donors
  • Promote Pact’s Capacity Solutions Platform externally, further develop distance learning materials, and support social enterprise development in collaboration with Pact Ventures

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree and 10 years of professional experience or BA with 12 years
  • Significant and demonstrated ability in driving and facilitating technical operations in multiple countries 
  • Demonstrated technical ability and experience in capacity development/organizational development 
  • Experience and willingness to play a key role in new business acquisition 
  • Strong experience with a variety of statutory, foundations and corporate donors
  • Ability to work across a matrixed organization, often achieving results without decision making authority
  • At least five years of experience working in low resource environment
  • Ability to travel 30% of time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Language skills in addition to English
  • Successful proposal development with multiple funders including USG, DfID, and Gates Foundation 

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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