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                                       Principal Consultant
Summary:                   To provide consultancy delivery and management experience at a
                           senior level

Location:                  Based in Central Oxford (some remote working considered)
Reporting to:              Consultancies Director
Salary/Grade:              Grade 3: £37,000-£44,000 depending on qualifications and
                           experience. Pension contribution (opt in) of 5% to INTRAC’s pension
                           scheme.

Full/part time             Full or part-time arrangements can be considered


Background
INTRAC (The International NGO Training and Research Centre) is a not-for-profit organisation
dedicated to strengthening the effectiveness of civil society organisations across the world,
particularly, those working in the international development sector. INTRAC is unique in its
global reach and reputation as an independent body working with and on civil society issues.
This is achieved through a range of services including consultancy, training, programmes,
research and publications.

INTRAC’s core competence is shaped around three themes: analysis of aid policies and trends
impacting on civil society, organisational capacity development, and monitoring and evaluation.
Over two decades, INTRAC has pioneered reflection and debate on strategies and
approaches to civil society and civil society strengthening, combining this with practical
experience of programmes on the ground and consultancy support to both international and
local organisations and bilateral donors

Our services are delivered by a small group of staff who are specialists in one or more
themes or approaches, in addition to a pool of INTRAC associates and external consultants.
Our principal consultants deliver on diverse consultancies that may range from short-term
process facilitation, to programme reviews and evaluations, design of capacity building
strategies, research consultancies, and long term internal organisational change. They also
support our training work through INTRAC’s Open Training Programme or as part of tailor-
made training interventions designed for individual organisations. Through our publications
and communications work, consultants are also encouraged to write up their thinking and
methodologies that can be of interest more widely in the sector.

At a time when global trends are producing new challenges and opportunities for civil society
organisations, INTRAC is looking for a dynamic individual to contribute to the development of
the organisation into the future.



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Job purpose:
To develop and deliver on consultancy work for INTRAC, and to contribute to developing the
knowledge base and expertise of the organisation.

Responsibilities:
Developing new consultancies and programme work
    Look for and develop new pieces of work and areas of opportunity for INTRAC
    Lead on the preparation of specific consultancy bids and programme proposals as
      agreed with line manager.

Delivering on specific consultancies
    Deliver on specific consultancies as agreed with line manager, working to a target of
       chargeable days per financial year
    Act as a team leader on specific consultancies
    Support quality assurance processes and procedures on all jobs
    Provide INTRAC management for some jobs undertaken by associates ensuring that
       administrative tasks are completed and quality assurance done
    Collaborate closely with external associates on specific initiatives and work closely
       with colleagues of other teams.

Contributing to knowledge development and management within the organisation
   Contribute to INTRAC’s own thematic development: including supporting
       organisational learning and materials development. (The post-holder could potentially
       take on an organisation-wide lead on innovation and learning in one specific thematic
       topic or sub-topic)
   Contribute to the production of INTRAC’s dissemination initiatives (newsletter,
       website, occasional papers, books etc.).

Contributing to team development and the wider organisation
   Take leadership where required of specific team initiatives or activities and
       participate in the development of the consultancies and training team
   Contribute to organisation-wide initiatives and participate in organisational activities
   Adhere to INTRAC’s internal information and management systems and policies (e.g.
       timesheets and financial reporting).

Profile:
Qualifications: Relevant post-graduate qualification.

        Minimum of seven years working in international development with civil society
         organisations. Experience of managing development programmes an advantage
        Understanding of trends affecting civil society organisations
        Commitment to INTRAC’s aims and objectives
        Experience working as a consultant
          Proven experience of designing, leading and reporting on major assignments
            including proposal development and writing
          Experience as a team leader and in coordinating multi-country evaluations
            (desirable)


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          Experience of budget preparation and monitoring
          Excellent client management skills
        Experience of a variety of research methodologies (quantitative as well as qualitative)
         for use in consultancy work
        Experience designing and delivering training (desirable)
        Strong networks within the sector
        Ability to write clearly and concisely for different audiences, including academics and
         practitioners
        Proven strengths in facilitating collaboration and collaborative ways of working
        Cross cultural sensitivity
        Excellent organisational skills and ability to multi task and work to deadlines
        Self-Awareness
        Language skills and particular geographic expertise.

    Consultants must have expertise in one or more of INTRAC’s core areas of competency
     Knowledge of, and experience in applying, a range of capacity building approaches,
       methods and tools with a focus on civil society organisations
     Proven practical experience and track record in evaluations and impact assessment
       in particular, for civil society organisations
     Organisational development.

    Other areas of thematic interest. Expertise in one or more of these areas is desirable.
     Professionals who can deliver training and consultancies in Arabic
     Humanitarian experience with a focus on the role of national organisations in disaster
       management
     Climate change - adaptation and resilience
     Private sector/civil society collaborations
     Child rights and youth development
     Urban development.

Terms and conditions:
1. These are as stated in INTRAC’s standard terms and conditions (copy attached)
2. The working hours are 37.5 hours a week.
3. A notice period of two months on either side would apply.
4. It is expected that the postholder will spend a minimum of 50 days a year on overseas
   travel.

INTRAC strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Applications from professionals from the global south actively encouraged, but you must be
eligible to work in the UK.

To apply:
Completed application forms should be emailed to Luciane Andrade at landrade@intrac.org,
or posted to:
INTRAC
Oxbridge Court, Osney Mead, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 0ES, UK

Closing date: midday (UK time), Monday 24 September 2012


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