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Deputy Director for Organizational Development and Transition - DFI

Company Overview

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 organisation, 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

The Deputy Director for Organizational Development (OD)and Transition will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and approaches for assisting promising local organizations to move to prime recipients through technical assistance in quality improvement, compliant finance, management and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. With the Project Director and other senior project leaders, the Deputy Director for OD and Transition will oversee strategy development and learning approaches for strengthening local organizational cacpity across DFI focus areas of HIV analytics and HIS strengthening to increase sustainability and strengthen optimal transition of PEPFAR funded HIVprograms to local organizations. This position will also involve leading and developing strategic learning initiatives, work planning, financial accountability, staffing, and reporting to accomplish DFI project goals. This Deputy will provide senior technical leadership, management, consultation, and support for the development and execution of project interventions. The position reports to the Project Director.


  • Provide leadership for strategy and implementation for capacity development of local organizations in reporting, M&E and data use, and organizational development including financial management.
  • Participate in the development, design, implementation, and monitoring of project workplans and budgets.
  • Oversee the design and implement organizational capacity assessments, transition readiness assessments, reporting, and development and support of capacity strengthening plans.
  • Develop strategies and tools for individual, organizational strengthening.
  • Using adult learning methodologies, oversee the design of capacity development approaches and materials to build compliant finance, management and M&E systems among promising local organizations to move them to prime recipients of USAID funding.
  • Using adult learning methodologies and tools, integrate capacity development approaches and materials into DFI technical activities to strengthen local analytic and HIS capacities to ensure transition, sustainability, and capacity development themes, concepts, and activities are integrated across all interventions and objective areas.
  • Supervise, either directly or indirectly, staff to carry out activities in the portfolio; in so doing, ensure activities are fully accomplished, meet expected technical quality standards, and are delivered on schedule and on budget.
  • Manage sub-agreements (as well as the quality of services provided) of in-country firms brought on to strengthen the capacity of local organizations preparing for transition.
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation of required technical and program-related reports.
  • Oversee the design, planning, and implementation of trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Represent the project and organization, as needed, and participate in outside associations, conferences, and symposia.


  • Masters, MSc or higher degree in communications, organizational development, international development, social sciences, business management, or related subject.
  • At least 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and/or managing complex projects in public health, capacity development, organizational develpment, quality improvement, and/or related issues in developing countries, or experience in other fields related to the duties described above.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge in individual, organizational, and systems-level capacity development in organizational development or sustainability and transition.
  • Extensive experience with creating, adpating, and applying an array of organizational capacity assessment tools both for the purposes of supporitng organizations to create capacity development plans and for preparing organizations for donor pre-award audits.
  • Experience in facilitating assessments that cover OD functions, USAID financial management requirements, and monitoring and evaluation and reporting, etc.
  • Experience in HIV and PEPFAR is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity, broad strategic vision, and ability to effectively build and sustain positive working relationships and partnerships with U.S. government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, private sector partners, and civil society and community groups in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate large teams to bring about change and results.
  • Demonstrated problem identification solving, analytic, and evaluative skills.
  • Effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
  • Proven expertise supporting junior staff to grow professionally.
  • Project management experience for USAID/PEPFAR, GF, World Bank, WHO, and/or development partners/donors.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Must be able to travel internationally up to 30%.