Sri Lanka

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.

Project Overview
Pact is recruiting a Director of Capacity Building for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Sri Lanka, Civil Society Organization Program. The program will strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) technical capacity, financial sustainability, and ability to constructively engage the public and the government as a key driver of reform in Sri Lanka. This program will seek to build cooperation among CSOs, including between Colombo and provincial and local-level CSOs and authorities, and expand CSO partnerships and consultative processes with the Government of Sri Lanka to improve the civil society enabling environment and secure space for civil society engagement on policy reforms.

Position Purpose
The Director of Capacity Building is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and coordination of capacity building activities under the project. S/he will be responsible for supporting the organizational and technical capacities of subawardees, local governance structures, and CSOs and networks throughout the country. S/he will be required to work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party to ensure that regular monitoring and mentoring takes place with each subawardee. The Director of Capacity Building will also regular liaise with partners to ensure that they are completing assignments against quality standards. This includes support to meet the project’s technical objectives; manage financial resources and program staff; manage partner coordination; maintain good working relationships with host government officials, stakeholders, and local partners; and ensure high-quality delivery of services. This position is contingent upon award.
The Director of Capacity Building reports to the DCOP.
Key Responsibilities

  • Lead/coordinate strategy development, implementation, and monitoring of all project activities concerning capacity building.
  • Introduce/facilitate network analysis and network strengthening activities to identify barriers and opportunities for advancing shared civil society strengthening programming and investment agendas to improve coordination and integration of activities.
  • Complete capacity and performance assessments of subawardees, and support the development of Institutional Strengthening Plans for each subawardee.
  • Identify partner training needs, identify trainers, and support the development of curriculum for all trainings.
  • Identify opportunities for partner mentoring needs, and provide mentoring on a range of organizational development topics.
  • Regularly collect, analyze, and report on capacity development data.
  • Provide effective performance management, mentoring, and coaching for staff under his/her direct supervision.
  • Support collaboration with donors, multilateral organizations, host country governments, and implementing partners to apply civil society strengthening approaches and best practices for the purpose of capacity building, especially though training, mentoring, and learning activities.
  • Contribute to capacity building on quality assurance/continuous quality improvement of project tools, methodologies, and approaches.
  • Ensure integration of community outreach and strengthening activities.
  • Frequent travel within Sri Lanka.
  • Perform other duties, as needed.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as organizational development, international development, or business.
  • At least 5 years of experience in implementing technical and organizational capacity building and civil society programming in Sri Lanka.
  • Knowledge of the political/social context and civil society in Sri Lanka.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial demonstrated experience in development the capacities of organizations and networks.
  • Experience working on other US Government-funded projects pertaining to civil society and good governance.
  • Demonstrated facilitation and program development skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID and/or other donor regulations, systems, and procedures.
  • Experience working in CSO strengthening and supporting civil society advocacy, and political reform, especially in Sri Lanka.
  • Fluency in Sinhalese and/or Tamil.
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