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APROACH Governance and Partnerships Team Lead

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world achieve lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all.

Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results.

We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work collaboratively to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

Resonance is currently seeking Governance and Partnerships Lead candidates to propose for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded Zambia Alternatives to Charcoal project. The purpose of this activity is to promote energy alternatives to charcoal with the goal of reducing deforestation and forest degradation in certain provinces of Zambia. The position is contingent upon contract award.

The Governance and Partnerships Lead will report to the Chief of Party and manage a broad range of technical assistance, capacity development, and strategic partnerships for and with government actors, community-based organizations, private sector firms, and other stakeholders. The Governance and Partnerships Lead will supervise Resonance and consortium partner technical staff in their technical area and will report on the program progress. The Governance and Partnerships Lead is expected to have the management qualifications necessary to manage a complex USAID‐funded program.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the design of the and execution of program partnerships and collaboration with the private sector, government partners, NGOs, universities, other donors, and other organizations.
  • Lead the identification of strategic approaches to multi-stakeholder dialogue, government and civil society engagement, and private sector partnerships;
  • Support the COP and DCOP in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;
  • Facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders and leverage stakeholder networks to implement program strategies; facilitate public dialogue on governance and civic engagement between government and non-governmental actors; work with local public servants on reducing threats to forests by providing technical assistance and capacity building;
  • Manage the documentation and sharing of implementation successes, challenges, and lessons learned and deliver technical presentations to implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, donors, corporate partners, and other organizations.
  • Supervise staff working on behavior change, forest products, and policy initiatives within the program.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree (or higher) in international affairs, law, public administration, public policy, business, forestry, clean energy, or a related field.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of program management and supervisory experience with a US Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization
  • Proven ability to managing and meet targets and deadlines for a project of over 1M/year with several workstreams
  • Demonstrated capability to work with a broad range of local government, civil society and private sector stakeholders and partners; and demonstrated experience in liaising with high level representatives from both the public and private sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in sustainable forest management, household energy markets, and/or sustainable livelihoods and alternative forest products forest.
  • Demonstrated experience managing cross-cultural teams working effectively in a teamwork environment as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshops and trainings
  • Ability and interest to live and work in Lusaka, Zambia.

Preferred Education, Experience & Competencies:

  • Thorough understanding of USAID policies and procedures
  • Three years of relevant work experience in Zambia

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of SSG-Advisors, LLC (doing business as Resonance) is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Resonance hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. Resonance believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables each associate to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to the email below:

Please include “Governance and Partnerships Lead” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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