Senior Director, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Remote
  • Remote
  • $116000 - $92000 USD / Year

Trickle Up

About Trickle Up

Since 1979, Trickle Up has focused on the poorest and most vulnerable, working with participants who live in extreme poverty and face multiple levels of exclusion due to gender, ethnicity, religion, and disability. The organization has worked with over 450,000 participants and their families, helping to sustainably lift over two million people out of extreme poverty in India, Africa, and the Americas. Our mission is to partner with women in extreme poverty to build economic opportunity and drive inclusion. Trickle Up works through partner organizations, to build paths to savings, food security, and agency, resulting in sustainable poverty reduction at scale.

Position Overview

Reporting to the VP of Programs, the Senior Director of Training and Capacity Building will be responsible for developing and finalizing Trickle Up’s inventory of tools and mapping each tool to the program framework, articulating what specific technical assistance Trickle Up can provide to which specific partners, delivering training to partners, facilitating the use of existing work to create new and innovate programs, providing internal and external support for curriculum development and oversight, and training staff in India, Latin America, and East Africa on graduation and economic inclusion best practices and project management. This position will also provide support to the business development team in writing proposals. This job is a remote position, with a strong preference for candidates in the East Coast United States.

Principal Functions

  • Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

    • Develop new and adapt existing Trickle Up training products and curriculum for use with Trickle Up staff and external partners.
      • Assess the needs of staff, partners, and project participants to develop/adapt curriculum and training programs that incorporate adult learning methodologies and address the specific needs of trainees.
    • Provide in-country and remote technical expertise to lead organizational and technical capacity strengthening.
      • Internally support and train staff on fundamentals of graduation and economic inclusion as well as project management.
      • Externally, provide technical assistance to partners and train them on key components of graduation and economic inclusion.
    • Ensure Trickle Up has up-to-date, adaptable, relevant, tools that can be deployed quickly and effectively for training and coaching.
      • Update training curriculum as necessary.
      • Support development and use of appropriate digital tools.
    • Support field staff in reviewing and analyzing project data to course correct when necessary.
    • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Livelihoods to ensure that livelihoods concepts are appropriately incorporated into training and technical assistance initiatives.
  • Business Development

    • Support the development of concept notes and proposals with HQ, field teams, and business development.
    • Identify potential funding partners and pursue resource mobilization for country and regional programming.
    • Build and effectively manage relations with a diverse team of partners, multiple international consortiums, and non-consortium partners, at the global, regional, and local levels.
  • M&E Management

    • In coordination with the M&E director, help develop learning agendas for each project.
    • Community of Practice: Contribute to strengthening the community of practice of agencies and institutions utilizing the Graduation Approach in diverse contexts; effectively disseminate good practices and lessons learned in the graduation approach.
  • Representation

    • Represent Trickle Up at national and international fora when relevant and appropriate.
    • Liaise with in-country donors.


Education requirements

  • MA in a relevant field (i.e., international development, humanitarian management, international affairs) with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience.

Language requirements

  • Full professional fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is strongly desired.

Experience requirements

  • Must have experience implementing the graduation approach and/or economic inclusion programming.
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in international development, economic and/or livelihood development, and experience in humanitarian response is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with adult learning and curriculum development
  • At least seven years of work experience with international NGOs.
  • At least five years of experience living and working in a developing country on relevant issues (i.e., livelihoods, poverty alleviation).
  • At least seven years of experience with program management including contract management, budgetary management, and reporting.

Preferred knowledge and skills

  • Demonstrated experience developing training tools, methodologies, and techniques, including Training of Trainers and coaching techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience providing TA through the project cycle for economic inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience presenting and training to multi-cultural audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, including using results frameworks, log frames, theories of change, etc.
  • Strong experience with livelihoods approaches for people living in extreme poverty, ideally with the Graduation Approach program design.
  • Exceptional ability in written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Highly organized and analytical thinker.
  • Proactive, creative problem-solver.
  • Flexible and productive under pressure.

Behavioral competencies

  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to foster strong teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to network effectively, ability to publicly represent the organization in a variety of capacities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., local government officials, major donors in the U.S., program participants).
  • Well-organized, systematic, and thorough.
  • Demonstrated strong cross-cultural and team-building skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, produce outputs at short notice, and be flexible.

Salary and Benefits

We offer a salary between $92,000 – $116,000 commensurate with experience along with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, life insurance, professional development opportunities, access to other voluntary benefits, and a full vested 403B retirement plan as well as paid time off and paid federal holidays. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, passionate, multicultural team deeply committed to the alleviation of extreme poverty. Trickle Up promotes a collegial, high-performing organizational culture in which staff communicate clearly and openly, and are reflective, innovative, and mutually accountable.

How to apply

To Apply

To be considered, please click the link, and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter and resume by February 23, 2024. Only applicants who have demonstrated experience developing and /or implementing graduation and economic inclusion programs will be considered. We are sorry we are unable to answer phone calls related to this posting. Must be authorized to work in the US.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include criminal records checks and other reference-check databases Trickle Up participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this initiative, as part of the referencing process, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment during employment. By applying, you confirm your understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Trickle Up requires that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 before visiting or working in a Trickle Up office or conducting any travel or in-person meetings on behalf of our organization. If you are hired for this position, Trickle Up will require proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Deadline: 26-Feb-24