• Technical Director, Economic Growth

    Economic Growth & Market Systems
  • Overview

    Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

    Global Communities is seeking a Technical Director of Economic Growth to join the Partnerships and Programs team at the headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


    Over the last decade, Global Communities’ economic development programs have focused on integrating vulnerable and at-risk groups into market opportunities in a variety of complex environments. Generally, our programs have covered the following themes:

    • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development and Entrepreneurship
    • Household Economic Strengthening
    • Workforce Development; and
    • Municipal Economic Development


    Our MSME Development and Entrepreneurship programs have worked with micro, small and medium enterprises to leverage opportunities for growth through improvements in production and quality control, business management, and facilitation of new market linkages. We have also strengthened the capacity of new and growing entrepreneurs with technical skills so they can better access finance, create and grow cooperatives, and access market information, leading to increased sales, employment and incomes.


    We seek an experienced Technical Director with the background and capacity to develop and oversee programs aligned with our MSME Development and Entrepreneurship portfolio especially in the areas of access to finance and financial inclusion.  The Technical Director will work closely with the Senior Director and Portfolio Growth Manager to develop and execute a strategy that leverages Global Communities’ expertise and positions the organization to continue to implement high quality programming in this sector. The Technical Director will supervise HQ and field-based staff, providing technical leadership and actively mentoring and supporting the professional development of his/her staff. Further, the Technical Director will represent Global Communities externally, expanding the organization’s visibility and participation in the economic growth sectors.


    1. Oversees project implementation:


    a. Oversees performance of assigned programs and fulfillment of project deliverables, as well as builds relations with key stakeholders.
    b. Ensures field teams have needed technical support (directly providing technical assistance within key sub-sectors and overseeing technical consultants)
    c. Collaborates with other organizational units to effectively support program implementation and address operational and programmatic questions and challenges


    2. Develop and support business development efforts:


    a. Engages actively with donors, private sector and other humanitarian and development organizations
    b. Leads or contributes significantly to proposal efforts from capture to submission
    c. Oversees or conducts field assessments
    d. Develops partnerships


    3. Thought leadership:


    a. Contributes to knowledge capture and dissemination of key learnings via journals articles, conference proceedings, social media, and internal papers.
    b. Promotes innovation, and improved methodologies, products, and implementation through the Collaborating, Learning, & Adapting (CLA) approach.
    c. Encourages and facilitates participation of staff in technical workshops, conferences, and working groups.


    4. Managerial leadership:


    a. Supervises field and HQ based staff – managing performance and providing mentoring, coaching and training for staff
    b. Actively promotes effective collaboration and cooperation across business units and teams

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • International development experience to include business development and program management of multi-million dollar USAID and other donor programs.
    • Demonstrated understanding of best practices and willingness to stay abreast of and adapt to emerging approaches in the sector. Willingness and capacity to identify areas requiring external expertise.
    • Ability to travel approximately 30% of time.
    • Excellent critical thinking skills and sound judgment.
    • Excellent English oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to effectively communicate with others.
    • Abilities in a second language (French, Spanish, and/or Arabic) preferred.
    • Good interpersonal skills with ability to build strong relationships with staff, current and potential donors, partners, and government representatives at all levels in a culturally sensitive manner. Proven flexibility and adaptability.
    • Proven ability to learn quickly, apply knowledge, manage deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision on familiar assignments, submit high-quality work plans, prioritize workload, and multi-task in fast-paced environment.
    • Strong team-management approach to program support and program development. Ability to integrate management approach with professional peers.
    • Proven ability to effectively use databases spreadsheet, word processing, and position-specific software.
    • Accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents and ability to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard.


    • Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, finance or related discipline.
    • At least 8 years of experience with demonstrated progressive responsibility in staff and program management, familiarity with USAID and other donor agencies, and proposal and budget development experience.
    • At least 3 years of field-based experience in development and fragile contexts.
    • Must have U.S. work authorization.

    Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. EOE/AA - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individual with Disabilities.


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