PACT: Capacity Development Advisor

Job Title:            Capacity Development Advisor
Department:       LINKAGES Project
Supervisor:         DRC Deputy Program Manager
Duty Location:   Kinshasa, DRC


Pact, a US-based International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) works in close partnership with key government institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities.Globally, Pact has provided major assistance to civil society organizations and nascent community-based groups to strengthen the organizational and technical capacities to implement programming in multiple sectors.


In June 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded FHI 360 the Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV Project (LINKAGES), a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Pact, along withIntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are partnering with FHI 360, to conduct a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations,including female sex workers, and to improve their enrollment and retention in HIV care and treatment.Pact will support the LINKAGES project to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of CSOs and will provide capacity development support through provision of direct technical assistance as well as through South to South learning.

Reporting to the Pact DRC Deputy Program Manager the Capacity Development Advisor, will be responsible for the implementation, coordination and administration of the capacity development activitiesunder Pact for the LINKAGES project in DRC. The position is based in Kinshasa, with travel to other project sites in Katanga. She/he will manage and be responsible for ensuring effective high quality implementation of capacity development interventions for national CSOs as well as supporting the high quality implementation of peer education and peer navigation services for female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM).
This position will be based at the FHI 360/LINKAGES office in Kinshasa and involves strong coordination of multiple sites and staff, including coordination with the LINKAGES management team, as well as Pact staff, to develop, modify and monitor programming elements.The Capacity Development Advisor will be responsible for representing Pact and liaising with the LINKAGES team, DRCand Government officials, NGOs, and communities in Pact's areas of operation.

The Capacity Development Advisorwill have day-to-day responsibility for implementation, ensuring adherence to timelines, budget management and achievement of objectives. Project oversight will include but is not limited to: managing daily project activities to ensure the project accomplishes its deliverables with high impact, logistics and operations, budget approval, supervision of all staff in the area of responsibility; monitoring, reporting, and evaluation activities. 

The Capacity Development Advisor must be a dynamic individual with strong interpersonal and managerial skills, and a commitment to capacity development of CSOs and ensuring female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) are able to access HIV-related services.


Program development and delivery

Actively participate in the project development and delivery to ensure a dynamic context specific capacity development project to enable the growth and strengthening of civil society led by or serving FSW and MSM.
Ensure capacity development activities appropriately integrated within LINKAGES technical activities, particularly peer education and outreach, mobile HIV testing and counseling and other service delivery.
Regularly coordinate with relevant LINKAGES and Pact staff to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation and joint monitoring and evaluation of project activities and achievements towards project goals.

Managing Relationships with CSOs

Provide quality oversight to LINKAGESprojectgrantees to ensure that these relationships are not merely project implementation, but focus on capacity development and ensure that LINKAGESprojectgrantees leave the relationship stronger than they entered.
Coordinate with all relevant project staff and global capacity development advisors to ensure all direct and grantee implemented capacity building interventions are technically sound, of sufficient quality, are correctly implemented and targets met.
Coordinate with the Project team to ensure continued strengthening of local partners' organizational and technical capacity, effective community mobilization and identification of local civil society organizations (formal and informal).


Oversee project budget within the area of responsibly and work in close collaboration with grants and finance team ensuring accuracy and budget compliance.
Ensure effective finance, local contracts and asset management.
Monitor project spending on a monthly basis – ensuring that the Project spends within budget at all times, and report any anomalies in a timely manner.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Coordinate effective implementation of monitoring systems with the LINKAGES team and Pact Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) staff.
Report on all LINKAGESproject activities to the LINKAGES Country Representative and Pact Senior Technical Advisor for LINKAGESon a regular basis.
Ensure timely reporting, documentation and organizational learning documents.

Internal Coordination

Work with the LINKAGES and Pact staff to maximize impact of capacity development, especially related to LINKAGESprojectgrantees.
Coordinate and work closely with the other Pact staff to ensure consistency in approach to working with partners.
Coordinate and work with LINKAGES M&E as well as Pact MERL staff to ensure appropriate data collection as well as Project staff and partner data reporting.
Coordinate with other Pact programs, especially those working in the same geographic area, to maximize programmatic synergies and sharing of resources.

External Coordination

Keep up-to-date with regional developments in HIV/AIDS/capacity development/civil society strengthening.  Review relevant reports, evaluations and other internal and external resources as necessary to improve program design and implementation.
Support development of project/program briefing papers and other publicity materials to communicate the impact of and learning from the delivery of the LINKAGESproject.
Upon delegation by senior Pact/LINKAGES staff, the Capacity Development Advisor shall represent Pact at program coordination meetings; and be a focal point for project issues.


Attend to any other duties assigned.


Reports directly to the Pact DRC Deputy Ptogram Manager.Works directly with LINKAGES partners in DRC, including FHI 360, IntraHealth and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), as well as Pact Capacity Development team members, Grants Officers, Finance Officers, M&E Officers and other relevant Pact staff.

Minimum Requirements: 

At least 5 years of experience in community-based capacity development projects, including experience in community mobilization and civil society development.
At least 3 years of demonstrated technical expertise in the development and implementation of interventions around HIV prevention, care and treatment of key populations, particularly MSM and FSW.
Proven high level of interest in and knowledge of a combination of the following: key populations, HIV/AIDS, civil society, community mobilization and engagement, and organizational development.
Proven facilitation, training, and mentorship skills as it relates to working with CSOs.
Strong understanding of traditional and local authorities, and civil society actors in DRC and the organizational and political challenges to strengthening their capacity.
Experience in working with and coordinating with international and national NGOs and government agencies.
Proven program leadership, management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
At least 2 years of grant management experience preferred.
Willingness to spend up to 30% of the time travel to project areas in several departments. 
Proven ability to work sensitively and in a non-judgmental fashion with all key populations under the LINKAGES project.
Fluency in verbal and written English and French required.
Preference will be given to Congolese nationals.  Members of key populations are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume updated with. Do not send other documents, please. They will be requested as needed.

The applications should be sent no later than September 28, 2015 onlyby  Email to the following address: [email protected] with the subject: Capacity Development Advisor


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