Principal/Senior FCAS Consultant
We are recruiting for a Principal or Senior Consultant to join Itad’s Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings (FCAS) practice. We are a dynamic and growing team committed to improving the lives of people living in some of the harshest conditions in the world. The consultant will be responsible for leading and contributing to a number of complex and exciting monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) projects, and for pursuing new opportunities to support the continued growth of the portfolio.
Itad is consultancy that specialises in generating high-quality evidence and insights to improve impact. For over 35 years, our strategy, monitoring, evaluation and learning services have supported our clients and partners to make informed decisions to tackle global challenges and improve lives. We work with governments, international organisations and foundations across the globe, including a wide range of UK Government departments.
We bring a deep understanding of what works, how, and for whom across a range of important issues from global health security to climate resilience and serious and organised crime. Our approach to generating evidence and supporting learning is grounded in an understanding of context and the diverse perspectives and needs of decision-makers. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovative approaches to measuring impact, whilst ensuring they balance rigour with pragmatism and accessibility.
Our knowledge and expertise are grouped around Practice areas including Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings (FCAS), Human Development, Inclusive Growth, Social Protection, Climate Change and Livelihoods, and Governance and Institutional Strengthening.
We are a values-based organisation. Our values include making a difference, delivering technical excellence and innovation, contributing through collaboration and learning, providing opportunities for personal development to our staff, promoting inclusion and diversity, taking action to improve our impact the environment and shared rewards for the people we work with.
By joining our FCAS team, you will be working alongside a dynamic group of people who are driven by a commitment to improve the lives of people living in some of the harshest conditions in the world. The challenges of working in FCAS contexts means that we need to be innovative and creative and our FCAS Team is recognised as a global leader in providing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) advice and services to a diverse range of clients working in conflict and crisis contexts across the world. Our expertise encompasses a broad range of thematic areas including conflict prevention; peacebuilding; security and justice; stabilisation; serious and organised crime; women, peace and security; preventing violent extremism; migration; and humanitarian assistance. We work globally with a particular focus on East Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asia.
Our portfolio continues to grow and we are currently providing MEL support to the UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) across the Eastern Africa, MENA and South Asia regions; to the UK FCDO on its global support to mine action; to the UK Home Office on its global support to tackling serious and organised crime; and to UNOPS on a security and justice programme in Somalia. We are also conducting a number of evaluations of humanitarian assistance and support to refugees for UNHCR, IOM and OCHA.
We are recruiting for either a Principal or a Senior Consultant to join the team to work on projects across the whole portfolio.
As a Principal Consultant, you will be responsible for providing technical leadership and direction across a number of MEL projects in the portfolio, including quality assurance; playing a leading role in business development, bid writing and helping to grow the FCAS MEL portfolio; sharing learning through knowledge products, external conferences and events; and playing a leading role in maintaining our excellent reputation with our clients.
As a Senior Consultant, you will be responsible for providing substantive technical and management inputs on a number of MEL projects in the portfolio; contributing to business development activities and bid writing; sharing learning through knowledge products and external conferences and events; and being a part of maintaining our excellent reputation with our clients.
The core technical strengths of all our consultants are focused around four key areas:
You will have a proven track record in providing technical leadership and direction on a range of MEL projects in FCAS contexts. You will have deep experience of working in at least one of the following thematic areas: conflict prevention; peacebuilding; security and justice; stabilisation; serious and organised crime; women, peace and security; preventing violent extremism; migration; and humanitarian assistance. You will also have demonstrated experience in leading the development of winning bids and, preferably, contributing to the growth of a portfolio within an organisation.
You will have experience of, and an appetite for, leading successful business development. You will play an active role in bidding work and ideally have a personal network and understanding of the FCAS funding architecture to support this.
As an evidence advocate you will be using your deep knowledge and experience of MEL to lead and advise others in designing and implementing complex MEL projects and workstreams. You will have demonstrated technical expertise in designing MEL systems, tools and processes for a range of clients, and designing and delivering evaluations using a range of approaches and methodologies. You will have used these methods to present evidence and analysis to clients – both written and verbally – in a clear, distilled and accessible way, facilitating engagement and use.
As a change agent you will have excellent facilitation and communications skills and experience, and an ability to convey ideas to clients and teams in a clear and focused style, flexing your technique to suit the environment, and in a way that generates buy-in and supports learning.
As a project manager you will have a track record in managing and leading the delivery of complex MEL projects, setting clear direction, managing risk and ensuring delivery of high quality outputs that meet commercial targets and provide value for money.
As a trusted advisor you will have a strong understanding of how our clients work, and demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with clients that generate repeat work. You will also have experience in successfully leading complex bid processes, including building and managing large teams and consortia.
You will have a proven track record in delivering MEL projects in FCAS contexts, and experience in at least one of the following: conflict prevention; peacebuilding; security and justice; stabilisation; serious and organised crime; women, peace and security; preventing violent extremism; migration; and humanitarian assistance. You will also, preferably, have experience in business development and contributing to writing and winning proposals.
As an evidence advocate you will have experience in designing and delivering MEL projects, applying a range of tools and techniques in a structured and systematic way to produce evidence-based findings.
As a change agent you will have a proven track record in conveying insights and ideas in a clear and succinct style, adapting your technique to suit the environment.
As a project manager you will have demonstrated your ability and confidence to successfully manage complex projects and teams and to deliver to high-quality standards; you will also have strong commercial project management skills.
As a trusted advisor you will be skilled in building trust-based relationships with clients, as well as contributing to the development of winning proposals.
The role is based in our offices in Brighton & Hove (East Sussex), but we are open to you working anywhere in the UK. Travel to the office would be expected for key company and team events. You will already have the right to live and work in the UK and be able to undertake national and international travel when conditions allow. We would also like to speak with candidates who are based in Nairobi/the East Africa region where, again, you will already have the right to live and work.
We also know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
The salary for this role is £43-50K for a Senior Consultant and £50-70K for a Principal Consultant, depending on your experience. We also offer a comprehensive learning and development programme, 24 days holiday plus additional time off over Christmas and a matched company pension up to 5%.
At Itad, we are committed to actively promoting diversity, equality and inclusion to empower people both within our organisation and through our work. We know that employees with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences make us a more effective and innovative company and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from interested candidates regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief.
Please state on your application which role you are applying for. The deadline for applications is May 20 but please note we interview candidates on a rolling basis.
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