CVE Technical Advisor, SSG Advisors (Wash, DC)

The CVE Technical Advisor will lead the technical design and support the implementation of activities under the Countering Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa (CoVE-MENA) Task Order, which is under the PEACE IQC. S/he will serve as an analyst and technical specialist in such activities and participate in the selection of, and coordinate the work of, short-term Analysts and other Technical Specialists. For each pilot activity, the Technical Advisor’s role will be determined at the outset but it is anticipated that s/he will serve as the Technical Lead on one or more of the pilot projects. S/he will also provide technical oversight of CoVE-MENA’s research studies, including those to be implemented by Mercy Corps, and contribute to the design and development of CoVE-MENA training materials. For those studies and pilot activities where s/he has a lead technical role, s/he will provide technical supervision of staff, consultants, and subcontractors. Working closely with the CoVE-MENA project manager, s/he will ensure timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results. Finally, the Technical Advisor will develop and oversee the monitoring and evaluation plan for CoVE-MENA.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide technical oversight of subcontractor Mercy Corps’ work on five to seven research studies;
Contribute technically to subcontractor SSG Advisors’ knowledge management and training activities;
Contribute technically to research studies/reports produced by FHI 360;
Oversee the establishment of effective monitoring and evaluating plans and data collection reporting systems for the Task Order overall, and for the individual pilot projects.
Coordinate closely with the Program Manager, bringing to his/her attention any issues on progress with CoVE-MENA technical activities, including staff or subcontractor technical performance.
Oversee and contribute to the technical design of bilateral and multi-country pilot programs, working in close collaboration with the CoVE-MENA team and USAID;
Contribute technically to the implementation of field-based pilot programs. The scope of the technical role will be determined at the outset of each pilot activity but technical support may involve travel to the field;
Serve as the technical lead for Grants that are awarded under CoVE-MENA, including give technical inputs for the development of an APS, serve on review committee, provide technical assistance to selected grantees, and coordinate with the joint research and grants team.
For those studies and pilot activities where she has a lead technical role, s/he will provide technical supervision of staff, consultants, and subcontractors, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results;
Draft relevant sections of status updates and quarterly performance reports submitted to USAID (e.g., monthly status updates, weekly bullets or other requests);
Represent CoVE-MENA at external CVE-related events, as required;
Maintain contacts with external stakeholders in the CVE practice area and share relevant contacts, project information, research, and tools with the CoVE-MENA team and USAID.

At least 8 years of experience with, and knowledge of, salient DGPS issues related to mitigating conflict and countering violent extremism, preferably in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA);
Previous experience in the conceptualization, design, and implementation of mitigating conflict and countering violent extremism programming and research products is required;
Graduate degree in political science, international relations, area studies or a directly related field is required, specialization in peacebuilding; or conflict mitigation or prevention desired.
Strong oral and written communication skills are required;
Proficiency in Arabic or French is desired; and
Familiarity with USAID and/or USG funding rules and regulations is desirable.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to Include “CVE Technical Advisor” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter and resumes) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’ (e.g., Smith_Jane.pdf). The resume must include name, education, certification(s), technical skills, relevant training received, and current and relevant professional experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. SSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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