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Technical Advisor, Civil Society and Peace Building

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Job Summary:

The Technical Advisor (TA) will contribute to strategic growth in areas of civil society, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, anti-corruption, disinformation/dangerous speech, the broader democracy/human rights/governance (DRG) sector, and other relevant sectors. Working with FHI 360 Business Development, technical experts, and regional and country program implementation teams, the TA will contribute to new business strategy in the DRG sector, as well as cross-cutting areas, such as youth, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), capacity development, social accountability, and integrated governance -- using corporate capabilities, competitive strengths, specific market opportunities, and innovation as a guide.

This position will lead proposal teams in the research and development of DRG programs. S/he will make technical contributions, serve as lead writer, and review high-priority proposals and applications. The TA will develop and write key sections of proposals with an eye towards compelling content, locally-driven context, and clearly articulated results. The TA will also work with FHI 360 staff (including but not limited to technical experts; proposal managers; monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) leads; and gender and social inclusion professionals) to develop compelling content for proposals and applications. The Advisor will serve as a leader in facilitating key proposal development processes, including capture plan preparation and implementation, design meetings, color team reviews, and after-action reviews. The TA will also review other high-priority proposals and applications as requested.

The TA will work with the department’s BD team to build the business development pipeline. The TA also will support thought leadership, technical assistance, and innovation across projects. This position will provide technical support to select projects in relevant areas of expertise and support innovation at the project design and implementation stages. The Advisor will work with project teams and MEL counterparts to collect and synthesize learning, pilot and refine adaptations or new approaches, and disseminate learning across projects and to external audiences.

Job Responsibilities:

The position supports Business Development (BD) efforts across civil society and peacebuilding practice areas. The TA leads identification, desk and field research, program design, and proposal development leadership and writing for high-profile opportunities in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For some specific opportunities, the individual also oversees co-creation efforts with donors and partners and regularly coordinates with FHI 360 regional and field offices.

The Technical Advisor (TA) leads priority growth opportunities for this sector. Our experts strengthen the capacity of local individuals, organizations, and institutions to:

  • Promote peaceful solutions to conflict

  • Advocate for social justice, democratic reforms, human rights, and better policies

  • Improve local government responsiveness to citizens’ needs

  • Solve community problems and improve service delivery

  • Engage youth in leadership and democracy

  • Foster social dialogue and tolerance through the production of online, radio, television, and social media content.

The TA will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring quality and timeliness of department BD efforts, including capture, program design, proposal writing, and reviews.

  • Ensuring the quality of implemented BD and technical activities and systems at all levels.

  • Conducting routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.

  • Building the department’s business development pipeline.

  • Ensuring appropriate and timely technical support to field programs.

This position will also provide technical guidance to projects across the department and organization in areas of their expertise, potentially including civil society strengthening, capacity building, peacebuilding, social accountability, conflict prevention, and countering disinformation.


  • Master’s Degree or its international equivalent in International Relations, International Development, or a similar field

  • At least 8 years of relevant prior experience, with at least 3 years of management-level experience in program design and business development

  • At least 5 years of experience in the following relevant technical areas, highly preferred: the DRG sector, civil society strengthening, citizen mobilization and advocacy, and conflict mitigation and resolution; anti-corruption; and countering mis/disinformation

  • Demonstrated experience leading proposals that have won new business from USG clients, including USAID and the Department of State.

The expected hiring salary range for this role is listed below. FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

Hiring Salary Range: $85,000 - $157,000

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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