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Governance Advisor

from Pact
Closing date: 07 Nov 2018

Pact Overview:
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.

Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview :
The Integrated Program Advancement department contributes to realizing Pact’s purpose by:

  • Learning, leveraging, and driving 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:
    The Governance Advisor serves as a technical resource for Pact’s Governance portfolio as well as its integrated, multi-sector programs. This includes providing technical assistance to current programs, leading governance assessments and helping to refine and develop new Governance-related tools and methodologies. It also includes contributing to and at times leading program design (i.e. new business development).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring quality programming
  • Provide technical support to country programs to ensure program quality, in collaboration with country office leadership and technical and management teams in HQ,
  • Support governance integration within projects, with possible sub-focus on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) programming
  • Lead and contribute to governance assessments, including Political Economy Analysis studies
  • Provide training in Governance-related methodologies and approaches to country office and HQ-based teams
  • Support the identification and recruitment of program staff and consultants, including developing and reviewing scopes of work and participating in interviews
  • Learning, leveraging and thought leadership
  • Build upon and deepen Pact’s core strength in leading practical political analysis that: supports quality and adaptive programming, allows for contextually-informed project design, and helps influence other development actors, including donors
  • Support technical learning across Pact, networking with global technical stakeholders, and sharing that learning in relevant and actionable ways across the organization
  • Promote Pact’s technical capabilities and programming at donor meetings and public forums
  • Support and lead the development of Governance-focused tools and methodologies, including around GESI, local governance, accountability, and support to civil society organizations
  • Maintain and nurture relations with practitioner networks to stay abreast of trends, evidence and advances within the Governance space
  • Innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Participate in and, as required, lead scoping trips, proposal design meetings, recruitment of partners and key personnel, responses to donor questions, and presentations to donors
  • Serve as a technical lead and/or technical writer for Governance-focused proposals
  • Forge strategic partnerships for new project opportunities

Basic Requirements:

  • MA plus 4 years of relevant professional experience or BA plus 6 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience with sub-sectors of Governance programming relevant to Pact’s global work, such as Civil Society Strengthening, Decentralization/Local Governance, Social Accountability, Peacebuilding, and Human Rights
  • Strong analytical skills, with experience leading government assessments and preference for candidates with demonstrated experience conducting political analysis
  • Strong English language writing skills, including willingness and ability to write technical sections of USAID and other donor proposals
  • Strong understanding of trends and key approaches within the Democracy, Rights & Governance (DRG) sector, including an understanding of how Governance approaches can be integrated into programming across Pact’s sectors of focus (i.e. Health, Livelihoods & Economic Growth, Natural Resource Management)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, building strong relationships with HQ and field-based colleagues; the right candidate should be able to provide demand-driven support to field teams and local partners, supporting them to develop and define optimal technical solutions appropriate for the project and country context
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to travel frequently (up to 40%), often on short notice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Particular interest in candidates with experience designing and implementing GESI-responsive governance programming
  • Demonstrated experience working with groups that experience marginalization, such as women and young girls, LGBTI, People with Disabilities, ethnic minorities, youth, and other underrepresented groups
  • Two or more years of relevant field experience
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English
  • Experience with integrating DRG approaches into other sector areas
  • Experience with training and curriculum development
    Past experience managing consultants and other staffPact 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.