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    RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 5,000 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

    RTI International’s Governance & Economic Development (GED) Division has supported comprehensive workforce development interventions and research throughout the world for 15 years. RTI builds local capacity to design and implement tools and systems that align education and training systems with employer needs, and create employment opportunities for women, youth, and disadvantaged target groups. Our innovative approaches are based upon proven international best practices in community-based programs, youth engagement, education and training, and economic and social development. RTI’s approach is informed by continuous assessment, evidence, and learning.

    Team Leader, African Cities

     

    Job Description

    RTI's Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development (LEED) Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote technical innovation and operational excellence in energy, environment and adult learning research and technical assistance. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government.

    The LEED Division is currently accepting applications for Team Leader for an anticipated DFID-funded African Cities Research Programme in Africa. The research programme proposed will look across sectors and policy areas in any city to enable multi-sectoral understanding, planning, and disaster and risk management.  The African Cities research programme aims to move away from research in specialised sector areas to looking at cities as concentrated, complicated and integrated systems. A key feature of the research in a city will be how the “political settlement”-  ie the balance or distribution of power between contending social or interest groups within a city or even beyond - applies to linked problems within and across sectors. The overall goal of the programme is to generate robust new evidence on African “cities as systems” to influence policies and programmes aimed at more effective economic development and poverty reduction.

    The Team Leader will be responsible for overall leadership and management of all aspects of the project’s performance, providing technical direction to the entire program, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. She/he will ensure an integrated vision among different components and actors. This is a full-time position with residency in Africa – city to be determined.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for leading the strategic planning for the programme; ensure close coordination with DFID, and programme partners and stakeholders including government entities within the chosen African cities.
    • Responsible for ensuring quality control and overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the programme, including harmonization and effective coordination across components. 
    • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts and the sector stakeholders.
    • Serve as primary liaison with DFID, government counterparts, and RTI home office. Confer with DFID on administrative and technical matters; adjust programme operations to ensure flexibility and responsiveness with technical direction.
    • Oversee project management, technical work, scheduling, and deadlines associated with the project.  Ability to assign specific tasks and duties as necessary to fulfil deliverables.
    • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters. Identify issues and risks to implementation in a timely manner; recommend appropriate course corrections and solutions.
    • Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program deliverables and reports in accordance with DFID guidelines.
    • Responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the project.
    • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

    Qualifications

    • A minimum of a master’s degree in political science, economics, international studies, urban planning, or a relevant field, with 12 years of experience in technical and management roles on governance, development / economic growth, urbanization, poverty and vulnerability, and research programmes analyzing complex, multi-sector problems.
    • At least 5 years of experience managing large-scale, donor-funded research consortium programmes in the region, preferably DFID-funded.
    • Ideal candidates will have experience leading and managing complex research programmes that cut across multiple technical sectors related to urbanization and how cities function, grow and develop, while considering the political economy and how government and private sector functioning influences these sectors. Demonstrated experience in research that led to actionable outcomes that were readily operationalized is desired.
    • While expertise in any number of individual technical areas mentioned here is desired, more important is the ability to drive research that will identify priority, underlying problems - political or technical - that may cut across multiple sectors.
    • Experience designing and implementing solutions to address priority problems related to urbanization, growth and development also desired.
    • Experience with stakeholder engagement and capacity building in the region preferred.
    • Verbal and written fluency in the English languages along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Fluency in French and / or local languages a plus.
    • Demonstrated leader and team-player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
    • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
    • Position is contingent upon award and funding.

    Chiefs of Party

     

    Job Description

    Call for Chiefs of Party- Various USAID Workforce Development and Higher Education Programs - Africa, Asia, and Middle East

    Job Description:

    RTI International is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for various upcoming USAID-funded workforce development, youth development, and higher education programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East regions. Programs are expected to focus on strengthening workforce developmentat a systemic level, creating employment opporutnities for youth, developing strong partnerships between educational institutes and the private sector, bulding positive youth development practices, ensuring curriculum enables student’s to gain work-ready and technical skills that address current and future maket needs, and improving pedagogy and administration of educational institutes (secondary and tertiary).  

    Responsibilities

    The COP will be responsible for leading all aspects of project performance, providing technical guidance to all tasks under the project, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. He/She will ensure close collaboration and teamwork across project components to make sure they complement each other; and will be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the program. 

    • Provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project; work closely with and directly component leads to ensure integration of interventions across the activity and to secure coordination with stakeholders.
    • Oversee strategic planning, implementation and management of the project; provide all management of project office, activities and operations.
    • Serve as key liaison with the donor, the host government, and implementing partners; and ensure the completion of contractual deliverables.
    • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts, educational institutions, sector associations, private sector, and other donors, with a strong focus on partnerships between educational institutions and the private sector.
    • Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements. Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the Local Government and RTI home office.
    • Oversee the development, monitoring, and reporting of project deliverables and targets as referenced in the project work plan, M&E plan, and project SOW in accordance with USAID guidelines.  
    • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters.
    • Directly supervises and mentors project staff. 

    Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in education, business, economics, or related field.
    • At least 12 years of experience in the implementation and management of international donor- (including USAID-) funded youth development, workforce and/or private sector development projects with at least 5 years in a senior-level management position.
    • Extensive technical expertise in youth development or workforce development, as well as private sector development sectors.
    • Prior experience in working with technical vocational education and training institutes, higher education institutions, or skills development service providers, and brokering partnerships with the private sector.
    • Experience developing long-term relationships with key stakeholders including client representatives, private sector firms, educational institutions (secondary or tertiary), and government counterparts.
    • Strong communication skills and demonstrated track record in engaging both the public and the private sector.
    • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
    • Professional fluency in English is required. Second relevant foreign language a plus.
    • Relevant geographic experience, both working and living preferred.

    Team Leader, Jobs For Youth Programme, Kenya

     

    Job Description

    RTI's Governance and Economic Development (GED) Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote democratic governance and economic development. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government.

    The GED Division is currently accepting applications for Team Leader for an anticipated DFID-funded Kenya Jobs for Youth Programme. The UK will provide up to £5M over 3 years to support an innovative, market-led youth employment programme that seeks to improve economic opportunities for youth in Kenya. Through a flexible fund facility, the programme will test innovative projects that show potential for large-scale impact in creating new productive jobs for young men and women, with the ambition that proven concepts will be scaled-up either by DFID under a subsequent business case, or by other stakeholders.

    Responsibilities 

    • Establish programme’s strategic vision and core principles with the field management team and home office, and ensure these are communicated and reinforced throughout the organization
    • Responsible for leading the day-to day operations of a challenge grant in support of demand driven youth employment
    • Responsible for ensuring quality control and overall responsiveness of grant implementation and technical assistance provided under the programme, including harmonization and effective coordination across components
    • Serve as primary liaison with donor, government counterparts, sector stakeholders and RTI home office and adjust programme operations to ensure flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness with technical direction.
    • Actively manage performance of grantees and programme portfolio including fiduciary risk strategy; financial management checks on grantees; verification of grantees’ achievements and approval of disbursement based on results-based milestones
    • Assess grantee capacity building needs on an ongoing basis and provide direct or facilitated technical assistance on a range of topics including industry- specific expertise, business operations and scaling strategy, fiduciary risk management, etc.
    • Support monitoring and evaluation of grant portfolio and individual grants to identify and facilitate technical assistance, to initiate course corrective actions and to generate knowledge

    Qualifications

    • At least 5 years of experience managing social venture capital funds or a donor-funded challenge fund programmes.
    • Proven experience working in or with private sector actors to stimulate job creation and market development through innovative approaches.
    • Verbal and written fluency in the English languages along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
    • Strong conceptual and analytical skills, and an ability to apply these in continually improving programme activities and performance.
    • Outstanding leadership and team building skills
    • Highly dynamic networking and relationship building skills including experience building consensus among diverse actors.
    • Position is contingent upon award and funding.

    Agriculture-Energy Advisor

     

    Job Description

    RTI International is requesting applications for the Agriculture-Energy Advisor role on USAID-funded, the Beyond-the-Grid Program (BTG) under Task Order of Power Africa Indefinite Delivery project. This Task Order intends to expand affordable and reliable electricity services in East Africa, with the ultimate goal of supporting development priorities, including inclusive economic growth, security, and improved health and education outcomes.

    Positions will be based in Cote D’Ivore and Kenya.

    • Master’s degree in a relevant technical field and 15 years’ relevant experience including substantive field experience in Africa
    • Understanding/experience with: grid-connected and off-grid energy systems, battery storage, micro-grids, metering technology
    • Productive use of energy equipment to power agribusiness
    • Demonstrated, strong experience with community engagement, consultative processes, community land rights and issues,
    • Demonstrated experience at the energy-agriculture-water nexus
    • Demonstrated experience with pay-as-you go, microcredit, micro-entrepreneurship models, community credit (such as Grameen bank), establishment of creditworthiness/credit history
    • Demonstrated understanding of economic and business constraints to rural agribusiness
    • Demonstrated policy experience
    • Strong writing and reporting skills, numerical skills, and project management experience

    Method of Application

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