Governance Officer

Job Locations US
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/1/2021 4:44 PM)
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PACT Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

The Governance Officer serves as a technical resource for Pact’s Governance portfolio as well as its integrated, multi-sector programs. This includes providing technical assistance to current programs and helping to refine and develop new Governance-related tools and methodologies. It also includes contributing to and at times leading program design (i.e. new business development). The position will lead and support country offices to conduct complex qualitative analysis, with the potential to focus on health governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict programming as priority sub-domains.

Key Responsibilities

Ensuring quality programming

  • Provide technical support to country programs to ensure program quality, in collaboration with country office leadership and technical and management teams in DC, with possible sub-focus to include health governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict programming (sub-focus to be determined based on candidate’s background and priorities within the portfolio)
  • Lead and contribute to complex governance assessments, including applied political economy analysis (APEA) studies
  • Provide training in Governance-related methodologies and approaches to country office and DC-based teams
  • Support the identification and recruitment of program staff and consultants, including developing and reviewing scopes of work and participating in interviews

Learning, leveraging and thought leadership

  • Build upon and deepen Pact’s core strength in leading practical political analysis that supports quality and adaptive programming, allows for contextually-informed project design, and helps influence other development actors, including donors
  • Support technical learning across Pact, networking with global technical stakeholders, and sharing that learning in relevant and actionable ways across the organization
  • Promote Pact’s technical capabilities and programming at donor meetings and public forums
  • Support and lead the development of Governance-focused tools and methodologies, including within identified focus areas (i.e. health governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict)
  • Maintain and nurture relations with practitioner networks to stay abreast of trends, evidence and advances within the Governance sector

Innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation

  • Participate in and, as required, lead scoping trips, proposal design meetings, recruitment of partners and key personnel, responses to donor questions, and presentations to donors
  • Serve as a technical lead and/or technical writer for Governance-focused proposals
  • Forge strategic partnerships for new project opportunities

Basic Requirements

  • MA plus 5 years of relevant professional experience or BA plus 7 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to Governance programs relevant to Pact’s global work, such as civil society strengthening, decentralization/local governance, social accountability, peacebuilding and conflict, and human rights
  • Proven analytical skills, with experience leading government assessments or related qualitative research, with preference for candidates with demonstrated experience conducting political analysis
  • Strong English language writing skills, including willingness and ability to write technical sections of USAID and other donor proposals
  • Strong understanding of trends and key approaches within the Governance sector, including an understanding of how Governance approaches can be integrated into programming across Pact’s impact areas (i.e. Health; Environment, Energy, and Extractives; Sustainable Markets and Livelihoods)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, building strong relationships with DC and county office-based colleagues; the advisor must be able to provide demand-driven support to county office teams and local partners, supporting them to develop and define optimal technical solutions appropriate for the project and country context
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to travel frequently (up to 40%), often on short notice (pending the end to Covid-19 travel restrictions)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working on issues and programs related to health governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict
  • Two or more years of relevant field experience in low-resource setting
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English
  • Experience with integrating DRG approaches into other sector areas
  • Experience with training and curriculum development
  • Past experience managing consultants and other staff


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