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swisscontact  

Site: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich
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Sector: Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation

Swisscontact is a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. We are represented in 38 countries with over 1200 employees. The foundation is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swisscontact promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. Swisscontact stands for professional quality and high ethical standards in its activities.

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swisscontact

Technical Lead for inclusive economic & systems development

Switzerland, Zürich , Zurich
Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation
Other

In 2019, the foundation acquired Springfield Centre, which specializes in providing advisory, training, and research (ATR) services to diverse clients, from bilateral and multilateral donors to foundations, aid organizations, and private sector actors. After an in-depth strategy review conducted in early 2022, the full integration of Swisscontact and Springfield's ATR services has begun. From 2023 onwards, these global services will be provided seamlessly by a merged team.We are seeking a Technical Lead to complement our Inclusive Economic & Systems Development team in managing the operational responsibility for technical staff providing ATR services, delivering global services for Swisscontact's internal and external clientele.The primary function of this position is to lead on the technical delivery of ATR mandates by ensuring the availa-bility and competencies of skilled resources through the technical development of Swisscontact advisors and train-ers working to deliver ATR services.Key tasks include:Managing the operational responsibility of deploying technical staff, who provide global ATR services to internal and external clienteleEnsuring the technical development and progression of the team, including providing mentoring, thought leadership, and internal training on technical mattersPromoting flexibility within the team to accommodate additional requests from internal sources for tech-nical inputs needed to satisfy their own delivery requirementsDefining and overseeing budgets for ATR projects, managing devolved budgets (from the Head of Inclusive Economic & Development Systems) relating to projects and training events, and reporting on expendi-ture/revenue against budget for specific advisory projects and training initiativesEnabling and ensuring consistent quality, evidenced by positive feedback from clients, partners, and other stakeholders, in the delivery of technical performance on projects against terms of reference and bid documents (including changing client needs)Initiating and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships with the aim of converting them into opportu-nities to win work as well as shape and influence future prospectsProviding regular and effective reporting to the Head of Inclusive Economic & Systems Development on the team's objectives, progress, performance, and adapted plans in relation to all ATR activitiesTo demonstrate your skills as a technical leader in international development, we are looking for the following:A first (and preferably second) degree from a recognized institution, which illustrates independent and technical thinking skills and research abilities10 years of experience in international development as a technical advisor, business developer, trainer, and researcher, including at least 5 years as a technical team leader on ATR projects and/or acting as a lead technical consultant to official development aid organizations, foundations, and the private sectorFamiliarity with the purpose, goals, methodologies, and approaches relating to systemic change (MSD/ISD/ISA) and proven experience in the design and delivery of coaching and technical training to project teams, clients, and the wider international aid communityDeep understanding of models, practices, and channels for influencing and shaping development thinking and agendas, including learning and sharing initiatives and managing information harvesting processesSpecific exposure to two or more relevant thematic areas, such as climate, food security, sustainable ag-riculture, private sector engagement, economic development, green cities, etc.Proven ability in writing competitive technical proposals, identifying and recommending human resources (experts) to deliver projects, and building client relationships to win work in technical and thematic areas, which are core to the ATR services strategyProven experience in budget development, resource and performance management, and financial report-ing insofar as it relates to the technical delivery of ATR projectsStrong communication skills, including presenting to large audiences, conducting webinars and trainings, and preparing ATR-related materials or technical publications to promote ATR services, generate future opportunities, and positively influence thinking in relevant thematic areasExcellent oral and written English is a must, and good competency levels in any or all of German, French, and Spanish would also be valuableWillingness to travel overseas for up to 120 days a year to engage in the personal delivery and oversight of other ATR service assignments

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21/07/2022
swisscontact

Head of Inclusive Economic & Systems Development

Switzerland, Zürich , Zurich
Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation
Other

In 2019, the foundation acquired Springfield Centre, which specializesin providing advisory, training, and research (ATR) services to diverse clients, from bilateral and multilateral donors to foundations, aid organizations, and private sector actors. After an in-depth strategy review conducted in early 2022, the full integration of Swisscontact and Springfield's ATR services has begun. From 2023 onwards, these global services will be provided seamlessly by a merged team.To guide the planning of ATR activities, outcomes, programs, and projects, we are seeking an international cooperation professional to spearhead our Inclusive Economic & Systems Development team in leading and facilitating global services for Swisscontact's internal and external clientele. This is a senior leadership position, reportingdirectly to the Executive Board member in charge of the Products & Solutions domain.The primary function of this position is to foster the growth of an adaptable and agile ATR services organization through the acquisition of influential work focused on quality results, and by developing and retaining a high func-tioning core team capable of responding to existing and future ATR mandates.Key tasks include:•Building on our established base of thematic and implementation development experts to create a team of 10-15 qualified ATR professionals, augmented by a small group of committed external specialistsEnsuring a relevant balance of skills and experiences to effectively accommodate the Swisscontact ATR strategy and to meet the demands of our internal partners and clients as well as our external market baseProviding basic internal services for the foundation in the areas of thematic groundwork, thought leader-ship, internal learning processes, acquisition support, and backstoppingEnabling and ensuring consistent quality in our global service delivery that is evidenced by positive feed-back from clients, partners, and other stakeholdersInitiating and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships with the aim of converting them into opportu-nities to win work as well as shape and influence future prospectsManaging an initial budget of CHF 1m, including reporting on expenditure/revenue and effectively man-aging variances to ensure there are no excessive or unapproved cost burdens on the wider organizationProviding regular and effective reporting to the Products & Solutions Domain Head on the team's objec-tives, progress, performance, and adapted plans in relation to all ATR activitiesTo demonstrate your skills as a leader in international development, we are looking for the following:A first (and preferably second) degree from a recognized institution in a relevant discipline, which illus-trates independent thinking skills and research abilities15 years of leadership and management experience in the international development sector, including at least 10 years' experience providing senior consultancy services to official development aid organizations, foundations, and the private sector – complementary experience of disseminating thematic know-how and driving program implementation would be strongly beneficialFamiliarity with the purpose, goals, methodologies, and approaches relating to systemic change (MSD/ISD/ISA) and proven delivery of coaching, training, and research services in the international aid arenaDeep understanding of models, practices, and channels for influencing and shaping development thinking and agendas, including learning and sharing initiatives and managing information harvesting processesSpecific experience of networking and building relationships with Swiss clients, such as SDC and SECO, is a requirement for this position – direct knowledge of working with Nordic, US, Australasian, and UK do-nors is a distinct advantageProven experience in budget development, resource and performance management, and financial report-ing insofar as it relates to advisory, training, and research organizationsStrong communication skills, including presenting to large audiences, conducting webinars and trainings, and preparing ATR-related materials for distribution through social mediaExcellent oral and written English is a must, and fluency in German is a distinct advantage – good compe-tency levels in French and Spanish would also be valuable

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08/07/2022