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Project Background

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households and communities to help improve their socio-economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods.

Through Administrative Order 11 series of 2011, SLP was formally introduced as one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for poverty alleviation. As SLP gears toward its 10th year of implementation, SLP embarks on a new project to explore new strategies to enhance the Program’s implementation process and improve delivery of services to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households and communities.

DSWD, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia, is planning to integrate the Graduation approach into the current SLP process to holistically address the poverty challenges of SLP participants and ensure the sustainability of its interventions. This will begin through a series of Graduation pilots as part of the Padayon SLP program in the provinces of Iloilo, Bukidnon, and Sultan Kudarat. The program will provide a set of holistic interventions as an additional support mechanism for SLP participants. This will complement the Department’s efforts to strengthen delivery of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). In the post-COVID context, the integration of the Graduation approach will benefit and strengthen the resilience of the poor and vulnerable households whose employment and income have been adversely affected by the shut-down of most economic activities, travel restrictions, and social distancing requirements.

BRAC UPGI’s Technical Assistance Role

To support DSWD’s implementation of the Graduation approach, BRAC UPGI will deliver advisory support, building on the experience of prior projects that successfully utilized the Graduation approach to provide comprehensive support to households living in extreme poverty in the targeted provinces. BRAC UPGI’s technical assistance will focus on four key areas: 1) pre-implementation, 2) social preparation of Graduation participants, 3) resource mobilization, and 4) project implementation and monitoring.

Scope of Work

The Assistant Provincial Coordinator will provide technical and management support to the Provincial Coordinator for the day-to-day activities of project implementation as needed, particularly by serving as a technical support resource for the Padayon SLP Program Development Officers (PDOs) in his/her province. S/he will also be responsible for a limited caseload of participating households and will deliver regular coaching and monitoring to those households. S/he will report to the Provincial Coordinator of his/her respective province.

Application deadline: August 12, 2022

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Project Background

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a capability-building program for poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households and communities to help improve their socio-economic conditions through accessing and acquiring necessary assets to engage in and maintain thriving livelihoods.

Through Administrative Order 11 series of 2011, SLP was formally introduced as one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for poverty alleviation. As SLP gears toward its 10th year of implementation, SLP embarks on a new project to explore new strategies to enhance the Program’s implementation process and improve delivery of services to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households and communities.

DSWD, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia, is planning to integrate the Graduation approach into the current SLP process to holistically address the poverty challenges of SLP participants and ensure the sustainability of its interventions. This will begin through a series of Graduation pilots as part of the Padayon SLP program in the provinces of Iloilo, Bukidnon, and Sultan Kudarat. The program will provide a set of holistic interventions as an additional support mechanism for SLP participants. This will complement the Department’s efforts to strengthen delivery of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). In the post-COVID context, the integration of the Graduation approach will benefit and strengthen the resilience of the poor and vulnerable households whose employment and income have been adversely affected by the shut-down of most economic activities, travel restrictions, and social distancing requirements.

BRAC UPGI’s Technical Assistance Role

To support DSWD’s implementation of the Graduation approach, BRAC UPGI will deliver advisory support, building on the experience of prior projects that successfully utilized the Graduation approach to provide comprehensive support to households living in extreme poverty in the targeted provinces. BRAC UPGI’s technical assistance will focus on four key areas: 1) pre-implementation, 2) social preparation of Graduation participants, 3) resource mobilization, and 4) project implementation and monitoring.

Scope of Work

The Assistant Provincial Coordinator will provide technical and management support to the Provincial Coordinator for the day-to-day activities of project implementation as needed, particularly by serving as a technical support resource for the Padayon SLP Program Development Officers (PDOs) in his/her province. S/he will also be responsible for a limited caseload of participating households and will deliver regular coaching and monitoring to those households. S/he will report to the Provincial Coordinator of his/her respective province.

Application deadline: August 12, 2022

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The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Grants Manager for a growing team that provides advisory services and technical assistance around the Graduation approach to various partners, ranging from governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and in-country technical team members.

Reporting to the Director of People and Operations, the Grants Manager will lead all aspects of grant management and reporting to deliver the UPGI scale-up strategy. This position will require close work with staff in Africa and Asia. As a result, there is a preference for the person to be based in one of BRAC International’s hubs in New York City or Washington DC.

This role supports the Director of People and Operations with strategic and operational stewardship over donor resources by applying relevant systems, policies, procedures, and tools to ensure that grants are donor compliant and best serve the organizational mission.

Application deadline: August 22, 2022

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The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire an Operations Officer for a growing team that provides advisory services and technical assistance around the Graduation approach to various partners, ranging from governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and in-country technical team members.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Operations Officer will support all aspects of operations and administration processes to deliver the UPGI scale-up strategy. This position would require close work with staff in Africa and Asia. As a result, there is a preference for the person to be based in one of BRAC International’s hubs in New York City or Washington DC.

This role supports the Operations Manager with day-to-day project logistics, procurement, travel, and administrative operations.

Application deadline: August 22, 2022

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BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Director of Policy & Partnerships, the inaugural person to fill this position. This new Director will join three filled Director positions: Director of Country Portfolio, Director of Monitoring Evidence and Learning, and the Director of People & Operations. Under the leadership of the Managing Director, this Executive team of four Directors manages the strategy and operations of UPGI, a flagship program of BRAC International. As with all Director positions, the Director of Policy & Partnerships reports to the Managing Director.

This new position is a global role (and can be based anywhere), with preferences for one of BRAC International’s hubs in Washington DC, New York, London, the Hague, Nairobi, or Dhaka. The role requires extensive international travel.

The Graduation Approach has gained traction, but government deployments must become dramatically larger to address extreme poverty on a meaningful scale. UPGI aims to catalyze government programs that can reach at least 100,000 households per cohort with the goal of expanding its reach to an additional 4.6 million households in the next five years.

The Director of Policy & Partnerships will be responsible for developing and driving proactive UPGI global and regional policy change. This will be pursued with an engagement strategy with a wide range of global and regional stakeholders to ensure that institutions increasingly embrace Graduation and promote and finance large-scale Graduation programs at the country level.  This Director role at a global and regional level will complement UPGI’s direct engagement in twelve countries led by UPGI’s country teams and partners and overseen by the Director of Country Portfolio.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker – with a strong understanding of global policy debates in international development. It would be advantageous to start with existing domain knowledge of poverty alleviation or social protection with policy change experience and relationships that could support UPGI’s mandate. The successful candidate will have the presence and expertise to represent UPGI externally. Priority stakeholders include the multilateral banks (e.g., World Bank), the UN, regional policy bodies (e.g., African Union), the research community (e.g., LSE), and partners and coalitions (e.g., Leadership Collaborative to End Ultra Poverty).

The Director of Policy & Partnerships will build from an already established foundation of advocacy and communications around Graduation, which have helped to ensure Graduation is a known tool to eradicate extreme poverty. In addition, the position will build upon and further enhance the reputation of BRAC, the pioneer of Graduation, an organization out of the Global South which has earned respect for its grounded, human-centered, evidence-driven approaches. In 2022, BRAC celebrates its first 50 years, and the Graduation approach celebrates its 20th anniversary.  With a well-funded next five years, it is an exciting time to join UPGI and BRAC International.

Application deadline: August 9, 2022

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BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) is seeking a competent, dynamic and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Global Research Lead. UPGI is a flagship program of BRAC International that seeks to advance the uptake and implementation of Graduation approaches by governments at scale in order to address extreme poverty in their contexts.

Since 2002, a robust body of internal and external research and learning has established Graduation as a proven approach for empowering people in extreme poverty long-term.  BRAC and other colleagues and partners working in this space continue to reevaluate, iterate on, and improve the intervention. Throughout its evolution, Graduation has been guided by Sir Abed’s original vision – that when you give people the tools and resources they need to empower themselves, they have the agency, dignity, and hope needed to transform their lives and their communities.  While the Graduation approach has gained traction, to adequately address extreme poverty at a meaningful scale, government deployments must become dramatically larger.  UPGI works with a range of global and national partners in pursuit of this mission.  Focal countries include, but are not limited to, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Egypt.

UPGI recognises evidence generation and use as powerful drivers of progress in pursuit of this mission and is seeking researchers to join its dynamic and growing Monitoring, Evidence and Learning function.  This role offers an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in research for an established, southern based organisation that captures attention globally, presenting research in fresh ways and/ or undertaking new and strategic pieces of high quality research and research synthesis.   Working in partnership with the BRAC Institute of Governance & Development (BIGD), this role will help to define and implement UPGI’s strategic research agenda – working with partners to generate and synthesise the evidence needed to inform UPGI’s work to scale Graduation through governments, working to ensure that the team stays current with emerging sectoral research, and representing UPGI in external fora.

The successful candidate will be a research specialist with a substantial record of academic and policy research, able to contribute to policy research across a range of social protection and poverty alleviation topics and to be viewed as an authority in their own field. They will have a good command of the significant body of research that exists on Graduation approaches, or economic inclusion programmes more broadly, in order to inform and influence efforts to scale these approaches in partnership with national governments. They will have excellent communication skills and a high level of analytical and strategic thinking, with a critical eye for both detail and the bigger picture.  They will develop and lead new areas of research and undertake a significant level of public and policy engagement. They will show a deep commitment to creating and delivering an inclusive research environment, and have a high regard for the sensitivities of working with and for people living in extreme poverty.

The UPGI team is globally located and there is some flexibility in terms of where the position is based. However,  preference will be given to candidates who are based in Africa or Asia. The role will be expected to undertake international travel for purposes related to research and policy engagement.

Application deadline: August 16, 2022

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