Capacity Development Officers, USAID Local Solutions Support Project
Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International is an independent nonprofit research institute and leading development organization headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Since 1958, RTI has worked in over 150 countries and designed and implemented cutting-edge solutions in the sectors of economic growth, governance, education, and health.
RTI is currently accepting applications for Capacity Development Officers for a four-year USAID-funded Local Solutions Support project (LSS) in Laos. The goal of this project is to strengthen the operational and managerial capacity of nonprofit associations (NPAs) and other organizations that serve vulnerable populations in the country so that they can be more effective and sustainable. The Capacity Development Officers will work with the Capacity Development Lead to prepare trainings and provide technical assistance to local organizations. They are expected to design and deliver training with skills in adult learning, mentoring, and coaching. They will ensure capacity development activities to NPAs and local organizations are successfully delivered with exceptional quality. They will lead and coordinate the implementation of the project activities and provide technical expertise. Capacity Development Officers will maintain relationships with key sector partners, donors, consultants, host country counterparts and stakeholders. They will collaborate with colleagues across RTI on technical, administrative, and strategic planning initiatives. They will ensure best practices and lessons learned are captured and disseminated across project and may serve as a representative of the project to clients, stakeholders, and partners, providing key inputs for technical or management decisions. They will be responsible for managing program deliverables including planning and coordination of all activities. Nationals of Laos are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Capacity Development Officers, under guidance of the Capacity Development Lead, will conduct organizational capacity assessments, facilitate the development of Capacity Development Action Plans (CDAPs), and work to support NPAs and other local organizations in the long term. They will be responsible for designing and delivering a broad range of capacity development assistance to NPAs and local organizations throughout the country. They will ensure that all capacity development support is streamlined, able to meet the needs of NPAs and the local organizations, and is implemented with exceptional quality. They will form a core team of experts to provide support and will be complemented by selected local consultants. The Capacity Development Officers report to the Capacity Development Lead and work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the selected local consultants, and Grants Manager.
- Contribute to NPAs/local organization selection and potential grant awards based on LSS project guidelines.
- Facilitate participatory organizational capacity assessments of target NPAs and local organizations that may receive grants and/or technical assistance under the project.
- Facilitate the development of CDAPs with correspondent organizational capacity development interventions for the target NPAs/local organizations.
- Design and provide direct capacity development services to the target NPAs and local organizations that may address a wide range of institutional areas including financial and administrative management, human resources, institutional governance, marketing and communication, strategic planning, networking, leadership, etc.
- Provide coaching and mentoring support on organizational capacity development for the target NPAs/local organizations in a creative and innovative way and beyond traditional approaches.
- Work with selected local consultants to deliver capacity building activities as guided by the Capacity Development Lead.
- Lead quality assurance of capacity development activities carried out by local consultants to ensure exceptional standards.
- Work closely with Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to create and maintain a database to record relevant information and verify data using supporting documentation.
- Lead project baseline, midterm and end-line surveys with exceptional standards.
- Produce case studies, conduct surveys, and carry out other monitoring activities as required.
- Support the establishment of learning platforms and enabling environment for LSS project stakeholders, civil society organizations community, and beyond.
- Develop and execute communications, marking and branding, media, marketing and advocacy plans in line with USAID and RTI policy and requirements.
- Prepare reports for RTI headquarters, donors and government partners (monthly reports, quarterly reports, six-month reports, end of year reports, performance reports and others as necessary).
- Carry out other relevant tasks as directed by the Capacity Development Lead.
Minimum Required Education & Experience
The successful applicant will have extensive experience in working with and supporting NPAs in Laos. They will also have direct experience in helping them to develop capacity in a range of operational and managerial areas. Required skills also include:
- Bachelor’s Degree in business, organizational behavior, development studies, education or a relevant field; master’s degree preferred
- At least 5 years’ experience working to strengthen the managerial and administrative capacities of NPAs, social enterprises and/or NGOs in Laos.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to coach and mentor organizations in a collaborative and innovative fashion.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. Fluency in Laotian required.
- Experience in working on projects with international donors, namely USAID, is preferred.
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
- Ability to multi-task with attention to detail and accuracy and to work independently
- Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing and to work well with others
- Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts
Application Instructions: Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this position and submit their CV and cover letter to http://m.rfer.us/RTIuq-3tJ and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 14th September 2020. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.