Capacity Development Officer (European Commission Project)

Job Description:

Key responsibilities

Key elements

% time

Capacity Development on policy research, advocacy and mobilisation

  • Track progress of CSO Partnership capacity on policy research, advocacy and mobilization against the Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA)
  • Develop guidelines, tools and resources to facilitate implementation of OCA recommendations of CPDE constituencies
  • Ensure the availability of appropriate learning materials necessary for the conduct of capacity development activities on policy research, advocacy and mobilisation


Implementation of Istanbul Principles and International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness

  • Coordinate with the Working Group on CSO Development Effectiveness in line with the implementation of constituencies of the Istanbul Principles and International Framework, especially at the global and regional levels
  • Work with the WG on CSO DE in providing appropriate resource materials for the abovementioned implementation
  • Work with the EC Project Manager, CPDE Membership Engagement Officer, Outreach Committee, and the Finance Committee in the review of constituency plans on CSO DE
  • Provide assistance to sectoral and regional focal points in the conduct of activities that would advance implementation of the IP and IF
  • Develop technical resource pool for IP and IF
  • Work with the WG on CSO DE in developing baseline and track progress of implementation


Internal communications and knowledge sharing

  • Work with the CPDE Coordinator, Membership Engagement Officer, and Communications in ensuring dissemination of information related to outreach and capacity development activities
  • Facilitate sharing of resources among and between sectors and regions relevant to capacity development and outreach



  • Draft narrative/progress, assessment and other relevant reports related to Outreach and Capacity Development component of the EC Project for submission to the Planning, Monitoring, & Evaluation Officer and EC Project Manager
  • Any other tasks assigned by the International Director, Coordinator, and Project Manager that will further the position objective
  • Liaise with and advise Project Manager, Co-chairs, CC and GC on the results of the capacity development and outreach of the EC Project




  Person specifications: experience, skills and knowledge

  1) Essential experience:        

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in capacity/organisational development and outreach work
  • At least three years experience in a development post
  • Facilitating meetings and training
  • Experience in working with diverse CSOs
  • Experience in work in a developing country and/or experience working with organisations from the Global South

  2) Desirable experience:

  • Involvement in an international campaign
  • Involvement in an international campaigns

  3) Required aptitude, skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated facilitation skills and network coordination skills
  • Demonstrated communications skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural milieu and to work collaboratively with non-government organisations worldwide
  • A very high standard of spoken and written English
  • Computer literate and familiar with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook

  4) Desirable aptitude, skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding current debates on aid and development effectiveness policies
  • Research skills
  • Working knowledge of French or Spanish.

  5) Willingness to travel

  6) Commitment to CPDE’s purpose and objectives




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