Technical Advisor - International Business & Economic Development

Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

This position helps design and execute comprehensive and proactive international business and economic development strategies that are intended to assist in the creation of financial sustainability and independence within existing Salvation Army territories. This position manages all functions of the Salvation Army World Service Office’s (SAWSO) International Business and Economic Development Office. This work includes the structure of the operation; manages seconded support staff; establishes and leads business and economic development strategies and goals across SAWSO in collaboration with the US Territories and other donor offices; supports SAWSO’s operations and programmatic initiatives; and works closely with SAWSO personnel and other Salvation Army international and domestic development offices to achieve the short term and long-range business and economic development goals. Will require 20 - 30% domestic and international travel time (possibly up to 40% in the first year or two).

Helps create and implement comprehensive and cost-effective business and economic development strategies that include new or newly expanded income-generating initiatives that help move our partner territories toward financial independence. Works closely with SAWSO leadership to assist Implementing Territories in building new business plans, including research (market, risks, competitors), iterative prototyping, stakeholder engagement, program design, and clear goals/metrices.

Participates in securing, supervising, developing, evaluating and directing the work of a high performing business and economic development department. Instructs and trains seconded support staff in SAWSO methods and procedures, monitors and evaluates performance, recommends approval of payment vouchers and reimbursements, and provides both constructive and positive feedback to staff. Builds, motivates, and trains a resourceful team that works in support of the efforts of the leadership team and other Salvation Army development offices to achieve the short term and long-range business and economic development goals.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Social Services or a field related to sector specialties (International Development/Relations, Economics, Business, Entrepreneurism, Enterprising) and Master’s degree in International Development/Relations, Economics, Business, Social Sciences or a related discipline and five years of professional work experience including experience in international development arena and five years of program management experience. Three years’ experience of living and working in a developing country and working with international development programs, preferably in management role.

Fluency in MS Office. Demonstrated abilities in leadership, management, and cultivating strong business relationships. 


Valid driver’s license and passport required.


Benefits after 90 days. Free underground parking and lunches offered.

Level of Language Proficiency

Highly proficient in the English language. 


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