Position title
Technical Director
Description

Through the Honduras Local Governance Activity (HLG), the DAI team supports USAID / Honduras to achieve its goal of a more prosperous and safer Honduras that advances inclusive social and economic development among vulnerable populations, through assisting civil society actors to increase their influence based on evidence and to improve local service provider performance. HLG focuses on improvements in local service provision and civil society influence in the sectors of education, health / nutrition and local economic development. HLG is providing support to the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HLG will be prioritizing support to USAID/Honduras to mitigate the divers of irregular migration, while focusing to incorporate positive youth development into activity interventions.

HLG works in 45 municipalities in the west of Honduras, and urban areas in the 5 municipalities of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Choloma, Tela and La Ceiba. It partners with national ministries, local governments, health service providers, civil society, and private sector actors. The HLG is headquartered in Tegucigalpa, with regional offices established in target departments.

Responsibilities

The Technical Director will provide technical and administrative support to HLG, serve as lead in the absence of the Chief of Party and serve as a significant liaison with USAID/Honduras, other implementing partners, other donors, and any other key other key stakeholders. The role will provide technical oversight and focus, ensuring that implementation is strategic and cost-effective.

• Ensure implementation aligns with USAID priorities and contributes toward the achievement of the Activity’s development hypothesis
• Contribute to the successful achievement of HLG´s development results by ensuring the quality, timely and relevant design, and implementation of HLG´s technical activities by the Technical Specialists Team.
• Manage a multidisciplinary Technical Specialists Team, ensuring quality assurance and compliance on deliverables, grants, and procurement processes.
• Oversee HLG’s annual work planning process (including modifications), providing technical oversight and focus to the design of project technical activities and ensuring that they are based on best practice, evidence-based learning and are strategic and cost-effective.
• Monitor the implementation of the annual work plan, in coordination with the Regional Directors and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team, resolve technical challenges and identify when the Chief of Party needs to be involved.
• Ensure, in close coordination with the Regional Directors, that the implementation of technical activities is fully integrated with field operations and considers contextual specificities.
• Support HLG and USAID/Honduras’ Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) practice to ensure the continued relevance and effectiveness of HLG technical activities.
• Support coordination across all elements of HLG as indicated by the Chief of Party.
• Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (such as Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Business Administration) plus eight years of relevant experience required (or MA/MS and six years of relevant experience).
• S/he must have at least five (5) years of international development work experience (including at least 2 years in the Latin American region) in a field related to local governance and citizen participation.
• S/he must have proven field technical experience in designing and implementing integrated program management in the areas of governance, local service delivery, transparency, and accountability, and citizen participation and in working directly with host country government (national or subnational) and civil society organizations.
• S/he must have substantial professional and supervisory experience of long-term and short-term staff.
• Full professional proficiency in English and Spanish are required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Prior experience working on USAID-funded projects and knowledge of USAID policies, strategies, and regulations.
• Experience in the Northern Triangle countries, specifically Honduras.
• Excellent experience working in politically sensitive environments.
• Excellent communication and writing skills.
• Self-starter and independent, capable of following guidance and transforming it into actions.
• Excellent interpersonal relationships with national and international staff, in an intercultural environment and with multidisciplinary teams.
• Proven skills and experience in the leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams.

The Technical Director reports to the Chief of Party.

Contacts

All applications, CV and Letter of Intentions, must be submitted in english by the 21st of May 2021, no later than 4:00pm to GLH_recruitment@dai.com.

Job Location
Date posted
May 11, 2021
Valid through
May 21, 2021
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