Technical Officer, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

New York, United States | Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative | Full-time


About the Position

The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Technical Officer for a growing team that provides advisory services, and technical assistance around the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach to a variety of partners, ranging from governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs. 

Reporting to the Senior Technical Advisor, this junior-level role will support technical assistance to partners, contribute to business development, and deliver on donor commitments, including knowledge management and reporting. This position will be based in New York and will work with staff members in New York, Washington, London, Bangladesh, and elsewhere globally.

Primary Responsibilities

The Technical Officer will be responsible for supporting ongoing technical assistance contracts led by Technical Advisors, and other activities as assigned. Responsibilities will evolve as we grow our services and portfolio of advisory contracts, but generally include the following:

 Technical Assistance

  • Support team in delivering high quality technical assistance to a range of partners including governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs
  • Support team with key deliverables and activities including field assessments, program design, implementation support, monitoring, research and learning, and partner capacity-building
  • Contribute to the development of systems, processes, and tools to improve delivery of technical assistance to partners
  • Travel extensively (30%) when safe to do so, at times in locations with limited amenities


Business Development

  • Conduct business development activities, including prospect research and country landscaping for emerging opportunities
  • Support proposal development including proposal writing, proofreading, and compilation in collaboration with the technical team


Knowledge and Learning

  • Create knowledge products, case studies, and presentations for external audiences
  • Facilitate internal knowledge management to promote cross-learning across technical assistance contracts and partner engagements
  • Participate in global and local events as needed and when safe to do so



Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or another related field with 3-4 years of relevant experience in international development, including program management, program design and/or implementation, and capacity building
  • Familiarity with livelihoods, social protection, gender, financial inclusion, or health
  • Experience supporting proposal development and business development efforts
  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to adapt to change in a fast-paced environment
  • Cultural fluency working with team members in a multicultural office setting
  • Proactive with the ability to effectively manage competing work streams and deadlines
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team-oriented work environment
  • Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English required. Fluency in French, Swahili, Arabic, or Bengali, a plus.


 How to Apply

This is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly effective, collaborative and innovative non-profit. BRAC USA offers a competitive package including base salary, medical/dental/vision insurance, FSA, life insurance, 401k, annual professional development stipend and generous paid time off. Note that some benefits are subject to a waiting period and more information can be provided to shortlisted applicants upon request.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with state and federal law.

BRAC USA is unable to sponsor work visas for this position and will only consider applicants with valid work authorization in the United States.

To apply, please upload your resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample. No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis so early applications preferred.