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Capacity Development Lead

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Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.


Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Pact seeks an experienced Capacity Development Lead for the anticipated Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) Zimbabwe Accountability and Citizen Engagement Project (ZIMACE). This anticipated activity will promote active citizen engagement and accountability in key economic, social and political issues in Zimbabwe. The Capacity Development (CD) Lead will provide expertise and technical support to local NGOs/CBOs, strengthen their capacity on the implementation of the ZIMACE Project.

The CD Lead will also be required to provide timely and efficient capacity development, technical assistance, and mentorship to CSO, and CBO partners identified through the sub-granting selection and award process. The CD Lead will coordinate the Organizational Capacity Assessment processes for partners and ensure the implementation of Institutional Strengthening Plans (ISPs) to strengthen local partners’ ability to meet the ZIMACE Project goals. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead technical and organizational capacity development support and assistance under the ZIMACE Project
  • Provide technical support to facilitate the development, implementation, and monitoring of Institutional Strengthening Plans (ISPs) for subawards for the achievement of project objectives.
  • Participate in and implement the project’s CD plan on strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of subgrantees
  • Contribute to the development of sources/ documents for specific technical areas identified for capacity development of subgrantees, including training, mentoring, and coaching, etc
  • Provide written inputs and/ contribute to the development of tools required to monitor the implementation and monitoring of ZIMACE capacity development activities.
  • Coordinate on/off-line training sessions, workshops, mentoring of subawards to ensure the efficient and timely implementation of project activities
  • Conduct CD learning sessions/ coordinate peer exchange sessions for subawards on various technical areas
  • Conduct regular field visits to provide technical support, capacity development, mentorship, or coaching to subawards
  • Coordinate CD technical assistance activities between the country office and Pact Headquarters
  • Undertake a regular review of subgrantee capacity needs
  • Orient Pact program team on new CD tools for use under the Activity
  • Orient and coach new team members on CD tools and approaches
  • Document CD-related best practices under the Activity.
  • Provide input to the development of annual implementation plans, project reports, and other key project deliverables that contribute to the development of the project’s analytical products including research policy briefs, presentations, project updates, environment scans, or newsletter articles, etc.
  • Present regular updates on progress regarding the implementation of the project’s CD plans
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Development studies, Political Science or a related field.
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience in the civil society/ international development sector
  • Experience and expertise in conducting Integrated Organizational Capacity Assessments (ITOCAs); Performance Assessments; Network analyses for civil society or community-based organizations
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English with a general ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form
  • Experience facilitating training sessions (both on and offline)
  • Knowledge of virtual facilitation methodologies
  • Analytical and conceptual skills to think and plan strategically.
  • In-depth knowledge of Zimbabwe’s civil society sector
  • Skills in producing analytical and well-presented reports and publications.
  • Good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels, considering cultural and language difficulties.
  • Fluency in English (oral, writing, and reading).
  • Ability to travel within Zimbabwe when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 diminish.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluency in one or more official languages of Zimbabwe (aside from English).
  • Demonstrated experience working on highly adaptive programs
  • Knowledge of the current political, social, and economic context of Zimbabwe.
  • Zimbabwean nationals strongly encouraged to apply.

Pact 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 or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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