Technical Officer, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 14

Position description

The ​BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Technical Officer 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, and NGOs. 

Reporting to the Senior Technical Advisor, this junior-level role will support technical assistance to partners, contribute to business development, and deliver on donor commitments, including knowledge management and reporting. This position will be based in New York and will work with staff members in New York, Washington, London, Bangladesh, and elsewhere globally. 

Primary Responsibilities 

The Technical Officer will be responsible for supporting ongoing technical assistance contracts led by Technical Advisors, and other activities as assigned. Responsibilities will evolve as we grow our services and portfolio of advisory contracts, but generally include the following: 

Technical Assistance 

  • Support team in delivering high quality technical assistance to a range of partners including governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs 
  • Support team with key deliverables and activities including field assessments, program design, implementation support, monitoring, research and learning, and partner capacity-building 
  • Contribute to the development of systems, processes, and tools to improve delivery of technical assistance to partners 
  • Travel extensively (30%) when safe to do so, at times in locations with limited amenities 

Business Development 

  • Conduct business development activities, including prospect research and country landscaping for emerging opportunities 
  • Support proposal development including proposal writing, proofreading, and compilation in collaboration with the technical team 

Knowledge and Learning 

  • Create knowledge products, case studies, and presentations for external audiences 
  • Facilitate internal knowledge management to promote cross-learning across technical assistance contracts and partner engagements 
  • Participate in global and local events as needed and when safe to do so 



Education and Experience: 

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or another related field with 3-4 years of relevant experience in international development, including program management, program design and/or implementation, and capacity building 
  • Familiarity with livelihoods, social protection, gender, financial inclusion, or health 
  • Experience supporting proposal development and business development efforts 
  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to adapt to change in a fast-paced environment 
  • Cultural fluency working with team members in a multicultural office setting 
  • Proactive with the ability to effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines 
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team-oriented work environment 
  • Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English required. Fluency in French, Swahili, Arabic, or Bengali, a plus.

BRAC is one of the world’s largest development organizations, dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. Working across 12 countries in Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 120 million people worldwide. BRAC takes a holistic approach to alleviating poverty with programs that include microfinance, education, healthcare, food security and more. 

About the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative 

Through its Graduation programs, BRAC targets the poorest people in a community, known as the ultra-poor, and uses a holistic, time-bound approach to help them improve their health, learn financial skills, and start a profitable business. More than 95 percent of participants in Bangladesh continue on a positive economic trajectory five years after the program ends. To date, BRAC has ‘graduated’ more than 2 million households out of ultra-poverty. BRAC’s approach has gained widespread recognition and adaptations have taken root worldwide. 

In 2013, BRAC launched the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative. The Initiative aims to position Graduation as a key driver to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. It does this by: 

  • Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, national governments, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations 
  • Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach in countries around the world, supported through technical assistance and capacity-building for external stakeholders. 

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