FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology, creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Economic Strengthening Technical Director
Report to: Chief of Party (COP)
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Economic Strengthening Technical Director for an anticipated USAID-funded Activity USAID Caring for Vulnerable Children. The project will work to improve health and well-being outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through utilizing services to improving HIV/AIDS care, health, nutrition, economic security, education, protection, and psychosocial well-being. The Economic Strengthening Technical Director will contribute to USAID and Government of Ethiopia efforts to sustainably reduce poverty by strengthening approaches to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on economically vulnerable households. This position reports to the Chief of Party and supports the management of the project including assessment of progress and performance. The position requires comprehensive understanding of and significant experience in the areas of household economic strengthening and livelihoods with skills in capacity building and technical assistance provision. The ESS will provide technical leadership to project staff and sub-grantees with the objective to build technical capacity with a particular focus on creating economic resilience and food secure households within vulnerable populations, particularly focusing on those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and OVC. The position will assist implementing and other partners to develop and implement high quality Economic Strengthening (ES) programs; provide ongoing technical training and mentoring; and promote interactive learning and monitoring to deliver meaningful outcomes related to economic vulnerability, food security, and child well-being.
Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
Key Responsibilities and Contributions:
· Assist the COP with supervision and management of all program activities while working together to identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner, and provide technical suggestions.
· Technically supervise ES program activities including in the design, development and implementation of technical guidance as it relates to ES.
· Exercising a supportive supervision approach, train and mentor implementing partner and institutional stakeholder and technical staff responsible for child wellbeing including social protection, and livelihoods; savings and financial access; agriculture and food security; economic and market development.
· Build awareness of key Household Economic Strengthening (HES) concepts and principles among local partner organizations and institutions; contribute to policy and guideline development within collaborative working groups.
· Develop and instruct partners in effective methodologies for identifying appropriate HES interventions for specific households, depending on the needs and resources of those households; train/mentor these partners in principles and standards for good implementation of these interventions.
· Equip partners with skills and resources to assess outcomes, as well as strengths and weaknesses of HES activities.
· Facilitate access through partner and stakeholder organizations to a full range of economic strengthening options depending on the needs and resources available to households (i.e. market opportunities, group savings, income generation, micro-enterprise development training, farming-as-a-business, extensionist, other vocational training opportunities, etc.).
· Promote linkages and complementary between similar donor funded projects and facilitate relationships between partners, market actors and organizations with special expertise in HES activities.
· Oversee pilot or demonstration projects to test and adopt specific HES activities.
· Facilitate exchanges and a Community of Practice among partner organizations to foster peer-to-peer learning.
· Engage in regular monitoring visits to evaluate the success of HES activities.
· Supervise staff as assigned.
· Other tasks and duties as assigned.
· Produce and present papers at local, regional and international forums to share experiences and emerging best practices.
· Develop/produce contractual deliverables (quarterly, annual, field project evaluations, etc.) in conjunction with other key staff and external evaluators
· Keep abreast of global, regional and national developments in economic strengthening focusing on the field of HIV / AIDS, and protection issues.
· Contribute to maintaining a strong relationship with government and relevant stakeholders (at national and district levels).
· Advanced University degree in economics, economic development, international development, agriculture, nutrition or related field of study; Master’s Degree or higher preferred.
· Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience working on international development issues.
· Technical expertise and significant experience specific to livelihoods development including household resilience, agriculture, entrepreneurial skills development, local economic development, systems strengthening; experience with OVC and PLHIV is a highly preferred.
· Experience in providing training to sub-grantees, government units and other stakeholders.
· At least 5 years of management experience, including direct supervision of technical and support staff, and assembling teams working in multifaceted and complex international development programs.
· Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders such as local partners, government officials, and donor representatives.
· Excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience in the use of training and information dissemination to transfer concepts and skills.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
· Excellent interpersonal skills.
· Ability and willingness to travel to program areas and internationally as required.
· Experience with quality improvement or policy development is desirable.
· Ability to liaise with government, non-government and donor partner senior officials
· Proven track record managing a project team composed of technical experts and fostering team work
· Familiarity with USAID or other US Government administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
· Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, demonstrated team leadership and problem-solving abilities.