- Company: Palladium, CATALZE
- Location: Ethiopia
- State: Addis Ababa Jobs
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Ethiopia
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organization, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Project Overview and Role:
CATALYZE is a $250 million 5 to 8-year program, designed to catalyze $2 billion in private capital, especially to underfinanced social sectors (such as education) and higher risk countries (especially low-income and post-conflict countries) around the globe, complemented by a cross-cutting inclusion of gender-lens investing.?CATALYZE will provide services to many missions and bureaus that “buy in” to tap the CATALYZE investment and pay-for-results project management expertise.?Our aim is for investors to explore and find commercially viable opportunities and approaches to creating jobs, developing sustainable social services, tightening and rationalizing supply chains, and advancing inclusive growth.
CATALYZE: Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) will drive private enterprise expansion to catalyze Ethiopia’s future economic growth and prosperity. MS4G intends to foster enterprise-driven growth, especially among private enterprises that have high growth potential and the capacity to catalyze job creation throughout market systems. MS4G will address systemic challenges, including building business development services capacity, creating a more conducive business environment, building the financial sector infrastructure and capability within private finance providers, and expanding the digital economy. MS4G will catalyze private sector growth by improving access to finance and facilitating transactions through targeted interventions across market systems (demand, supply, and enabling environment).? Expanded access to finance will also drive change across the market system by increasing business revenue and necessitating job creation. The program has an estimated life of project funding of $55-$70 million, and is expected to operate for five years.
While focus sectors will be finalized in collaboration with USAID during the inception phase, it is anticipated that they could include agribusiness, light manufacturing, and telecommunications & ICT (including fintech). Across all initiatives, there will be a cross-cutting focus on women and youth, as well as a focus on ensuring that disparate ethnic groups and regions equitably benefit from the interventions.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor will report to the CATALYZE: MS4G Country Director.
The central function of the CLA Advisor is to ensure that the causal pathway to desired MS4G outcomes is continuously assessed and adjusted, through analysis of learning questions, a variety of information sources and knowledge, to yield the most effective course of action. The CLA Advisor will lead development and implementation of MS4G CLA strategy help institutionalize CLA across all project workstreams. More specifically, s/he will facilitate MS4G efforts to develop utilization of focused learning agendas, feed new learning information into strategy and activities at all points in the MS4G intervention cycle and develop innovative approaches to supporting adaptation within MS4G.
The CLA Advisor will also build the capacity of MS4G staff, guiding leadership and technical staff to translate new learning, as well as information about changing conditions, into iterative strategic and programmatic adjustments. The CLA Advisor will coordinate with MEL Manager and MEL specialists of MS4G, liaise with USAID, external stakeholders and technical teams to foster learning and adaptation.
Major Roles and Responsibilities
1. Develop, Manage and Coordinate MS4G program learning opportunities.
- Lead development and implementation of MS4G CLA strategy in close collaboration with the project leadership, technical staff and in-line with the Mission’s priorities.
- Lead MS4G in the development of learning agenda, consistent with MS4G overall activity strategies. Plan, establish, and direct a wide range of MS4G interventions (special studies, after action reviews, partners meetings, learning surveys, on-line engagements) to inform and advance MS4G CLA Plan
- Support MS4G’s decision-making on interventions to advance and integrate CLA best practices.
- Collaborate with MS4G team to conceive, plan, and conduct pioneering analyses, evaluations, learning reviews, or investigations/after action reviews in program areas of key learning importance to MS4G.
- Support MS4G staff with the development of internal collaboration and play a leading role in the thought leadership surrounding collaboration and the organization of cross-functional teams. Develop stakeholder engagement strategies and as part of MS4g design to leverage the resources and actions of other development actors.
- Provide valuable learning leadership to Ms4G staff, implementing partners and other stakeholders. Identify ways to reduce knowledge sharing barriers, e.g. through application of e-sharing and learning tools, creation of Communities of Practice, peer and cross-learning and other contemporary, effective learning techniques and opportunities
- Enhance MEL approaches to supplement common and established key indicators with outcome mapping and other approaches that support continuous review and iterative course correction/adaptation.
- Build the capacity of MS4G staff to fully grasp the core concepts of CLA and directly apply them to MS4G programming.
2. Develop innovative and user-friendly approaches that maximize MS4G use of data to improve programming.
- Advise MS4G leadership and provide on-going feedback on how new processes are working to enable MS4G leadership to course correct along the way and improve CLA practices within MS4G and with partners and stakeholders, with a goal toward improving MS4G’s outcomes.
- Guide MS4G technical teams’ utilization of research design and methodologies, applied research studies, impact assessments, capturing and sharing new knowledge, engaging stakeholders in CLA, and applying learning to ongoing MS4G activity design and management. Develop interactive learning opportunities that inform subsequent work plans, MS4G activity designs, target setting, assessments, studies, and potential adjustments in MS4G activity implementation.
3. Lead stakeholder engagement and build partnerships.
- Play a lead role in the coordination and implementation of events related to engaging technical staff and MS4G partners including SMEs. Play a lead role in coordinating the planning of event like implementing partners meetings, cross-cutting workshops (such as gender and youth), etc. incorporating CLA as a backdrop to meeting agendas and ensuring regular follow up and continuous refinement to these events.
4. Knowledge Management & Reporting
- Seek opportunities to advance MS4G’s knowledge management and learning activities, ensuring effective sharing and applied learning in topics of strategic interest to MS4G. Develop mechanism for best-fit MEL practices and on generating data needs in relation to MS4G performance tracking and in answering learning questions.
- Oversee the development of a highly user-friendly KM system and coordinate closely with MEL Manager and MEL Specialist to establish methods to continuously generate useful data as inputs.
- Use expert knowledge to build capacity among MS4G staff on key knowledge management principles and learning.
- Ensure documentation and reporting of CLA progress for MS4G monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
- A Master’s Degree in the field of organizational learning or development assistance such as public, business or development administration, knowledge management, economics, statistics, development studies, social science or other relevant field.
- A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible, professional experience in organizational or action learning, development, consulting, and/or knowledge management.
- A strong background in monitoring and evaluation of development programs, experience in the application of various assessments, learning and evaluative methods and field research experience.
- Demonstrated experience in designing, facilitating and evaluating tailored learning activities, across a variety of themes, forums and stakeholders.
- Ability to quickly acquire a thorough understanding of a program’s objectives, cross-cutting approaches, priorities and guiding principles, results expected, planning and reporting systems.
- Understanding and experience in developing and leading stakeholder engagement activities, knowledge management programs, communities of practice and social networking.
- Demonstrated passion for facilitating and creating individual, team and organizational learning.
- Demonstrated conversation and presentation skills that can influence decision makers and foster organizational change, as well as the ability to implement and adjust them within a complex organizational setting.
- Demonstrated abilities and track record in strategic, systems and holistic thinking, managing resistance to change and understanding of organizational culture and behavior, learning and change management.
- Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking and writing required. Strong writing skills and ability to prepare clear, substantive reports and briefing papers in English, in a timely manner.
- Familiarity with a wide range of issues, such as program evaluation, gender-constraints to development, trade, community development, and economics.