OCD (Organizational Capacity Development) Advisor

The Opportunity

Location: Preferably in Panama. Good candidates in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, or Peru might be considered.


As a key member of the civil society-strengthening program, the OCD (Organizational Capacity Development) Advisor will provide strategic and technical guidance to partners, and will lead and drive the organizational capacity development component of the PASC program, in close collaboration with the partners. This will include facilitating partner capacity self-assessments and supporting development of their OCD activity plans. The incumbent will also provide coaching, support in the implementation of the OCD plans, and carry out continuous monitoring to ensure timely implementation of the plans and contribute to the strengthening of the civil society organizations. The work also includes strategic and technical contribution to Save the Children’s organizational thinking around capacity strengthening and documenting of best practices and lessons learned.


Key areas of responsibility

  • Prepare, facilitate and implement OCD self-assessment of all selected partners.

  • Engage in the process of OCD with all the levels of the partner´s organizations including strategic, implementing and operative staff.

  • Provide guidance to partners in developing OCD activity plans and monitor their timely implementation.

  • Provide continuous coaching to partners in the implementation of their OCD plans.

  • Facilitate and promote the development of civil society organizations with good governance and financial sustainability, preparing them for the modality of Core Support.

  • Mapping of partner organizational strengths with the aim of fostering peer-to-peer support among the partners in OCD.

  • Contribute to learning and organizational knowledge in the areas of organizational capacity strengthening, including documenting best practices and lessons learned.


Key requirements for the post

  • Willingness to travel in LAC countries.
  • Capacity to support others to improve their skills in drafting proposals, reports, and other documents.

  • Well-developed conceptual skills – able to distill conceptual models, tendencies, trends and patterns from concrete program/project activities

  • Evidence of analytical ability, for example through experience in research or evaluation.
  • Culturally sensitive, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including listening, influencing and negotiation. 
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills. 

  • Very organized and able to keep track of and make progress on multiple priorities/ fronts.

  • Excellent at meeting deadline.

  • Skilled at working and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team.

  • Self-motivated, high-energy, excellent people-skills.




We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. 


The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at https://www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 7 Feb 2020

Closing date: 1 Mar 2020 - 22:59 CST

Location: Panama City, Panama

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-time

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