Retreat Facilitator, USAID Latin America and the Caribbean / Central America and MexicoFull Time
We are International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a global consulting firm working some of the most complex and impactful development problems worldwide. We work on programs that help government agencies, private companies and donors improve the lives of others. At IBTCI you will be part of an inclusive team that provides expert solutions and advice to understand and address critical problems while giving you opportunities to succeed and grow.
Job Title: Retreat Facilitator
Department/Location: USAID Latin America and the Caribbean / Central America and Mexico
Type: Consultant – 15 days total, pre and post retreat. Retreat in Washington DC, 13 April 2023
Clearance Required: Facilities Access, to be gained on engagement
Overview: The facilitator will coordinate and plan a one-day 8-hour staff retreat for the Latin America and the Caribbean / Central America and Mexico (LAC/CAM) office to: establish goals and an action plan for achieving best practices of cross-team coordination and communication; navigate a common understanding of individuals’ roles and defined responsibilities within the team, while also understanding the need for flexibility in a dynamic policy environment; conduct MBTI-type personality assessments; and discuss methods to establish a healthier workforce as a result of reduced stress and tension (individually and collectively), an established sense of work and personal expectations, and a greater sense of accomplishment and enjoyment with work.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- One-on-one interviews with LAC/CAM leadership;
- One-on-one interviews with team members;
- Coordinated and facilitated retreat with the team and LAC/CAM leadership to include planned session and discussion topics relevant to team work and team morale, effective communication, conflict resolution, and staffing concerns;
- Draft a succinct Mission Statement, which can include such things as the team’s goals, growth, guiding principles, and priorities in relation to USAID’s overall operations;
- Executive Summary of the retreat: 1-2 pages for the LAC FO; Accountability Matrix (to ensure post-retreat deliverables are completed and expected outcomes are met).
- Other duties as assigned.
- A successful candidate will have at least a high school diploma and relevant formal education and training, and/or completion of a recognized facilitator’s training program;
- Demonstrable and relevant facilitation experience;
- Capacity to formulate relevant, memorable curriculums;
- Knowledgeable routine assessment and moderation operations;
- Ability to drive critical dialogs about session topics;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Respectful, astute, and accommodating.
Education: High school diploma, relevant formal education and training, and/or completion of a recognized facilitator’s training program.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: By definition, a facilitator is an individual who enables teams to work more effectively; to collaborate; and, achieve synergy. They are a ‘content neutral’ party who by not taking sides or expressing or advocating a point of view during the retreat, can advocate for fair, open, and inclusive procedures to accomplish the team’s work. Therefore, an effective facilitator will know how to elucidate participants’ existing knowledge, prepare pertinent, meaningful training material, and subsequently steer discussions thereof. The facilitator should also monitor participants’ engagement to discern potential learning-related challenges within the cohort. Thus, a successful candidate will have: Substantial experience facilitating organizational and strategic planning retreats for reputable organizations, especially international development organizations. Prior experience with USAID is a plus; Demonstrated experience in organizational design and improvement, strategic planning, promoting leadership development, communications, team building, and change management; Advanced oral and written proficiency in English.; An understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by USG employees is a plus.
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment. Currently the company is allowing for remote work due to COVID 19 in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. This can be updated by the company.
COVID Vaccine status: As a condition of employment, IBTCI requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates should be prepared to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire or request for an accommodation with HR that is consistent with our COVID-19 safety protocols and policies.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: International travel may be required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.
Work Authorization: Candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.
About the Organization:
IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building. We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education, energy & Infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients’ missions.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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