Global Practice Specialist II/Senior Global Practice Specialist I/II (9-11), Climate Change (NRM)

Bethesda, Maryland

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Job Title/Grade: Global Practice Specialist II/Senior Global Practice Specialist I/II (9-11), Climate Change

Department: Development Innovations

Reports to: Practice Manager, Climate Change & Natural Resources Management

Date: 08/16/21

Organization and Values

DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action-action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.

DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work. DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner.

DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

Function of the position:

The Global Practice Specialist (GPS) will have a background in climate change adaptation and will support DAI USG's quickly growing environment portfolio by assisting project implementation teams deliver exceptional technical performance, leading and supporting new business efforts, and developing technical solutions, knowledge management, and products with a primary objective of winning new business in the USAID and USG markets . This is a position with significant potential for growth and leadership in developing and implementing innovative solutions to address the climate crisis in international settings. The GPS will be based within the USG Development Innovations/Environment Sector and will:

  • Deliver excellent technical support and innovation to USAID and other donor-funded climate change adaptation and environment projects being carried out by DAI teams worldwide.
  • Support the Environment Sector identify new business opportunities related to climate change and other environment topics and lead the preparation of innovative, winning proposals.
  • Help establish DAI's reputation as an international thought leader in climate change.
  • Identify and help position DAI to become a leading provider of climate change adaption technical assistance with particular emphasis on climate risk assessments, disaster risk management, water security, climate smart agriculture, resilient infrastructure, coastal zone management, nature-based solutions, and enabling frameworks for improving livelihoods and catalyzing investment into vulnerable communities.
  • Develop and test innovative approaches in the above areas that get reflected in winning proposals and help put DAI at the forefront of climate change service providers to USAID and other donors.
  • Create worldwide partnerships for the delivery of climate change services.

Roles and Responsibilities

Time will be allocated across the following three responsibilities according to corporate need and personal capabilities; in 2021 and 2022 the priority will be placed on business development and growth in climate change adaptation-related opportunities.

  • Technical

  • The GPS will deliver technical expertise to field projects in the areas of climate change adaption, risk management, climate finance, water security, and nature-based solutions. S/he will:
    • Work with Chiefs of Party and program directors to ensure projects are following or advancing best practices, achieving expected targets, meeting client expectations, and take full advantage of programs to capture and share innovations being developed by project teams. This includes leading or participating in technical project start-ups and other assignments to ensure awesome delivery of projects.
    • Undertake short-term technical assignments providing expertise to DAI USG and other business unit field projects that either directly contribute to exceptional project performance or in the completion of strategic assignments that feed back into technical thought leadership and strengthen DAI's competitive new business advantage in the fields of environment and climate change.

  • Business Development and Growth

  • Using market knowledge and analysis, s/he will
    • Work with team members to identify and prioritize opportunities that will make a significant impact, provide a return to DAI shareholders, and offer interesting and rewarding opportunities for international and local technical staff to help solve the climate crisis and other development challenges.
    • Lead and/or support the development of winning proposals as champion and/or lead or supporting writer. Work with proposal teams to formulate convincing technical approaches, develop responsive technical narratives, competitive staffing and management structures, and provide inputs into the proposal budgeting process.
    • Market the Environment Sector's services and portfolio as well as DAI as a whole. Support the Environment Sector to develop and maintain a new business pipeline. Identify and develop a network of consultants (especially local consultants) that can provide surge capacity for the sector. Work with the broader Development Innovations team to promote synergies on business development between practices and sectors

  • Brand Development and Project Support

  • The GPS will work with DAI's technical sectors to identify and highlight innovative approaches being implemented in projects around the world. Specifically, s/he will:
    • Use this knowledge base, participate in diverse climate resilience, sustainability, and natural resources networks and events that provide strategic opportunities to showcase work being carried out by DAI.
    • Seek out opportunities to expand internal and external understanding of DAI's work in climate change, develop and advance the use of innovative tools and methods, draft articles for DAI's publications, and develop and maintain external networks of partners, clients, and individual consultants that DAI can tap to identify business opportunities and deliver outstanding results.
    • Identify, capture and share information and lessons learned from past and present projects with proposal teams and other field projects.
    • Update key tools and lessons learned on the DAI website and other fora.


    Minimum Qualifications
    • Grade 9: Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor's degree; or 5 years of relevant professional experience and a master's degree.
    • Grade 10: 9 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor's degree, or 7 years relevant work experience and a Master's degree
    • Grade 11: 11 years relevant work experience and a Bachelor's degree, or 9 years relevant work experience and a Master's degree, or 7 years relevant work experience and a PhD.
    • At least 4 years of experience working in/with developing countries and preferably leading and managing programs that deliver technical assistance in climate change adaptation, including topics such as disaster risk management, water security, nature-based solutions, climate smart agriculture, coastal zone management, resilient cities, and/or climate finance.
    • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience writing strong technical proposals for USAID or other international donor clients.
    • Has the ability to work effectively across technical areas and leverage resources in different parts of the company.
    • Familiarity with a wide range of climate change adaptation strategies, including their appropriateness in various types of low resource settings
    • Ability to take on both leadership and support roles in the development of plans, proposals and in carrying out work.
    • Ability to travel to countries in which DAI has projects for an estimated 25% of the time for proposal reconnaissance and provision of technical support to projects, barring times and locations DAI's Security Team has deemed travel unsafe.

    Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Fluency in Spanish and/or French is strongly preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with and lead teams for winning new business and delivering excellent project results to clients.
    • Demonstrated, related new business success with USAID.
    • Experience implementing international programs that address other environmental topics such as climate change mitigation, clean energy, sanitation and wastewater management, strengthening environmental policy, combatting wildlife trafficking, conservation finance, cost-benefit analysis, monitoring and evaluation, gender-based programming, sustainable fisheries, biodiversity conservation, marine protection, and / or ocean plastics would be valuable.

    Supervisory Requirements: None

    DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

    DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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