Pact is implementing a USAID-funded project entitled Swaziland Ready, Resourceful, Risk Aware locally known as (Insika yaKusasa). The objective of the project is to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), adolescent girls (AG) and young women (YW) in Swaziland. The project will result in mitigation of the impact of HIV reduction in new HIV infections, and improved HIV clinical outcomes for the above target groups.
The Capacity Development (CD)Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight to the project’s capacity development strategy for transitioning indigenous partners to direct funding by USAID, i.e. assist local partners (LP) to become successful prime recipients of USAID funds and comply with USG regulations, policies, and PEPFAR performance standards and reporting requirements. The CD Advisor also leads capacity development interventions and support to Pact implementing partners including assessments, trainings, technical assistance, monitoring, and reporting. This position will be based at Pact in Mbabane.
The Capacity Development (CD) Advisor’s primary responsibilities include:
1. Capacity Development to Implementing Partners
• Responsible for day-to-day implementation of CD activities of the Insika yaKusasa Implementing Partners, including close collaboration with leadership of local organizations, mentoring partner staff, leading Integrated Technical Organizational Capacity Assessment (ITOCA) and Organizational Performance Index (OPI) assessments, and supporting partners with implementation of Institutional Strengthening Plans.
• Provide direct support to Implementing Partners in the areas of governance, leadership, Board development, human resources, policy development, communications and external relationships.
• Provide strategic inputs into the overall capacity development program component, recommending adaptations based on ongoing lessons learned
• Collaborate with the Pact Technical, Strategic Information and Grants Management departments to ensure adherence to targets, timelines, budget management and achievement of objectives.
• Monitor potential risks and actively engages with program team on mitigation of risks as they arise.
• Introduce/facilitate network analysis and network strengthening activities to identify barriers and opportunities for advancing HIV/AIDS epidemic control.
• Support the development and realization of local organizations’ resource mobilization and sustainability strategies.
• Leads the full cycle of subaward management activities that are integrated within the overall CD strategy, from planning through selection, pre-award assessment, negotiation, monitoring /compliance visits and closeout.
2. Capacity Development Support to Transition Partners:
• Lead the evidence-based assessment and identification of potential Transition partners, including capacity assessments and review of performance data.
• Lead the development and implementation of the project’s overall CD strategy to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of local organizations toward direct funding from USAID, while maintaining performance and quality prevention, care and treatment services.
• Collaborate closely with partner organizational leadership on prime readiness and post award technical assistance to promote prime award success.
• Lead the complete transition and execution planning process, including readiness planning approaches for Transition partners to prepare them for graduation to direct recipients of USAID funding, and execution of post award support for strong Prime implementation.
• Lead the support to Transition partners in proposal preparedness and planning, technical design workshopping, training on award instruments and proposal writing including supporting the development of Transition partner budget packages and post award Technical Assistance plans
• Lead in the engagements with collaborative partners, Pact HQ and USAID to enhance Transition partner readiness support during their pre- and post-award period.
• Lead the technical and contextual adaptation of Pact’s CD tools and approaches, with an eye towards transitioning local organizations to direct donor funding, including ITOCA, OPI, network analysis, and monitoring completion for institutional strengthening plans.
• Provide innovative solutions to granting needs, especially concerning local partners on the cusp of receiving direct PEPFAR funding for the first time and local organizations receiving PEPFAR funding that need support increasing their absorption capacity.
• Lead in the reporting of all CD support interventions for Transition partners.
• Responsible for the identification and the participation of learning platforms that advance CD objectives for both Pact and local transition partners.
Qualifications, Education, and Experience
• Requirements Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, or related field.
• At least 7 years’ experience providing capacity development technical support and/or grants management to large complex, donor-funded projects in developing or transitional countries.
• Excellent grasp of participatory CD tools and methodologies.
• Excellent facilitation and training skills in a variety of health and organizational development topics.
• Demonstrated experience developing organizational capacity in financial and grant management, human resources, USG compliance, and related topics.
• Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse and dispersed teams of employees.
• Direct experience with PEPFAR transition awards and/or successfully graduating indigenous partners to direct donor funding.
• Experience with CD database tracking toots
Salary: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Qualifying candidates with relevant experience and qualifications are invited to submit their applications via email including a resume, cover letter, references, and salary history to: email@example.com. Please be advised that only short listed candidates will be contacted.
The deadline is October 23, 2020.