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Capacity Building Officer, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Social Sciences Research
International Development Group
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RTI International is an independent nonprofit research institute and leading development organization headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Since 1958, RTI has worked in over 150 countries and designed and implemented cutting-edge solutions in the sectors of economic growth, governance, education, and health. A cornerstone of RTI’s work is strengthening the capacities of local partners and systems in order to increase local ownership and ensure that host country individuals and organizations have the skills and resources to achieve their missions and sustain their services in the long term.
Position Summary
RTI is currently accepting applications for Capacity Building Officer for an existing USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that focuses on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region. These countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. The Capacity Building Officer will be based out of Barbados and she/he will be expected to travel to other target countries up to 30% of the time.
The Local Capacity for Local Solutions project focuses on strengthening the operational, managerial and administrative capacity of NGOs/CSOs in the ESC using innovative and non-traditional means. This involves a mix of peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and coaching, distance learning and other outside-the-box approaches beyond training. Although NGOs/CSOs are the primary beneficiary of capacity development activities, the project will also seek to strengthen the connectivity of NGOs/CSOs and other disparate entities in the private sector, academic, and government at national, sub-regional and regional levels. The project is expected to end around October 2020.
The Capacity Building Officer will support the project’s Capacity Building Team in order to provide a broad range of assistance to NGOs throughout the ESC. The Capacity Building Officer will possess a broad background in strengthening the managerial, operational and administrative capacities of NGOs/CSOs in the Caribbean and will have a deep understanding of the issues facing NGOs in the region.
This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. Nationals of Barbados are strongly encouraged to apply.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Assist in facilitating participatory organizational capacity assessments of target NGOs/CSOs that may receive grants and/or technical assistance under the project.
  • Support the Capacity Building Specialist in the design and development of training and support to NGOs as well as direct delivery / assistance.  Topics of support will include a wide range of institutional areas including financial and administrative management, human resources, institutional governance, marketing and communication, strategic planning, networking, leadership, and fundraising/resource mobilization. Financial management and fundraising / resource mobilization are of particular interest to complement the skills of the current team.
  • Support must extend beyond traditional trainings and should include innovative ways to allow NGOs/CSOs to develop and deepen their skills through peer learning, mentoring and coaching, e-learning, etc.
Required Skills and Qualifications
The successful applicant will have experience in working in complex and multi-year programs that focus on strengthening civil society. In particular, the ideal candidate will possess experience in working with and strengthening the institutional capacity of NGOs/CSOs within the ESC region in a broad range of operational and managerial areas. She/he will be results-driven, have exceptional communication skills, and will be a team player capable of working with a diverse type of NGOs/CSOs across different cross-cultural settings. She/he will be collaborative and will ensure that capacity development support is demand-driven but also results oriented. She/he will be able to apply best practices but also be able to think outside of the box and adopt non-traditional approaches that can be adapted to the unique environments where they will be employed. The candidate will also be extremely detail oriented and able to multi-task and work under tight deadlines and resources.
Required skills also include:
  • Master’s degree in social studies, business administration, finance or related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience in strengthening the managerial and administrative capacities of NGOs/CSOs, preferably within the ESC region.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of NGO types throughout the ESC, particularly from diverse backgrounds and cultures from other countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to coach and mentor NGOs/CSOs in a collaborative fashion.
  • Experience building capacity or training in financial management, resource mobilization strongly preferred.
  • Experience in working on a USAID-funded project is highly desirable.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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