Technical Advisor - International Business & Economic Development

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Job Description

This on-site 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.

Creates, advances and brings oversight to the 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. Hiring Range = $94,000-$100,000 annual salary.

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. Spanish in-addition preferred.

About this role

SAWSO is an international development branch of The Salvation Army. This sector/position empowers TSA commands around the world to identify, evaluate, test, and develop their own means of local income generation so that they can do more mission work. We’re talking all your favorite buzzwords: social enterprise, venture capital, lean methodology, etc. We establish fundraising offices, we scale up thrift stores, and we launch whatever social business might have a comparative advantage and mission impact for the area, from printing presses in Nigeria to tow trucks in Ecuador.

Think of it as soup-to-nuts small biz development for social purpose. We teach discovery methodology, we serve as an incubator, and then we make investments in the home-grown talent at successive levels ($5k-$500k) to secure sustainable social impact.

Looking for a self-motivated initiator who wants to learn and create. Must have experience/education in international development and background in program management, small business, start-ups, entrepreneurship, fundraising.

How to apply

Submit your cover letter and resume by secure fax to (703) 684-3478, e-mail to with the job title in the subject line, or send via US Mail to 615 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA 22314, Attn: HR Office.