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Creative Associates International Senior Technical Advisor – Anti-Corruption in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. Part of its reputation harkens back to the early days of disarming, demobilizing and reintegration (DDR) of armed fighters in post conflict settings, which was a major part of Creative’s work stream. Over the last several years this has become a re-emergent issue with the U.S. Government (USG) increasing interest and funding allocations in this area. In its current iteration this is becoming known as ‘disengagement and reintegration’ - or D&R.

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Senior Technical Advisor (STA) on Anti-Corruption to increase the company’s reputation as a pre-eminent expert, service provider with thematic and technical acumen programmatically and operationally in this area. The STA serves as Capture Manager or Tech Lead for relevant proposals; writes and/or reviews proposals; and provides strategic expertise to forecasted and live opportunities including support to field teams on capture, data collection and assessments. Key elements of this role also include cross divisional collaboration to Economic Growth and Educations Divisions and support across Practice Areas (PAs) within the Communities in Transition (CIT) division. As a subject matter expert (SME), the STA will adopt an outward facing role championing thought leadership and positioning the company with relevant USAID Missions to secure increasing business in these areas. He/she will contribute to annual business and work planning as a member of CITs senior management team. The staff member provides capacity building on Anti-Corruption issues across the company and programmatic and managerial support as a resident SME. He/she will monitor market trends and business opportunities on Anti-Corruption in close collaboration with BD personnel within CIT and across Creative Associates. STA will also serve as Practice Area Director in his/her absence.

Reporting & Supervision:

The STA for Anti-Corruption reports to the SVP of CIT.

Expected Outcomes:


The STA provides superior technical leadership on issues related to Anti-corruption through expert level contributions to programming, and policy development within the company and to external stakeholders and clients. The STA will enhance Creative’s reputation as a leader in Anti-corruption in Washington DC. circles and leverage their global network with a diverse set of actors outside of Washington, DC. contributing to that latest thinking on Anti-corruption in the areas of operational support, and program implementation. He/she will provide technical area leadership as a SME and support to Practice Area Directors (PADs) within CIT and across divisions within the company, including Education and Economic Growth (EG), in a manner that helps position Creative as a leader and expert implementer to clients. The STA will exercise considerable entrepreneurism and independence in the pursuit of establishing Anti-corruption credentials on behalf of the company.

Technical & Thought Leadership

The STA has the demonstrated capacity to increase Creative’s profile on Anti-corruption issues, building the company’s reputation as an exemplary thought leader in this space. The STA positions Creative as a leader with expert level research and evaluation skills that facilitate the expansion of the company’s portfolio in Anti-corruption through the development of publications and various working papers. The STA successfully pursues opportunities for the company’s work in Anti-corruption to be presented to relevant stakeholders. Notably, he/she represents the company through engaging in speaking events with the USG, leading think tanks and academic institutions inside the US and globally and is invited to serve as an expert panelist at both forward facing public events and closed events under The Chatham House Rule. The STA for Anti-corruption will lead field-based research that includes building and managing client relationships with senior staff including national government representatives, COPs and DCOPs. He/she will also help build Creative’s qualifications in newer approaches, working across divisions, including thinking and working politically (TWP), applied political economy analysis (APEA), problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA), and strategic foresight, among others

Business Development

The STA serves as Capture Manager or Tech Lead for relevant proposals; writes and/or reviews proposals; and provides strategic expertise to forecasted and live opportunities including support to field teams on capture, data collection and assessments. STA brings expertise into discussions on corporate strategy on Anti-corruption, assuring that cross-cutting themes related to the technical areas are included in geographical and sector-based strategies. He/she supports senior leadership within the company to diversify its client and donor portfolio. He/she supports proposal development by providing technical expertise in areas related to Anti-corruption. This includes support to field missions and strengthening partner and client relations, building relationships with new clients. The STA provides strategic expertise to forecasted and live opportunities including support field teams on capture, data collection and assessments.

Learning & Adaptation

The STA contributes significantly to Creative’s visibility and excellence in Anti-corruption by actively participating in external networks and communities of practice, providing short-term technical assistance to field programs as needed. He/she develops and cultivates networks of technical and functional experts for learning and adaptation across the whole of Creative, e.g., Creative Associates International and CL. The staff member improves technical, programmatic, and operational capacity through thought leadership and the codification of best practices, promoting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing with Creative’s knowledge management (KM) colleagues. He/she enables learning through facilitation and training.

Staff Management/Supervision

While the position does not envision a supervisory role for staff, the STA for Anti-corruption may be called upon as required to supervise home office or field staff as acting Practice Area Director or lead project management of projects as Project Director. The STA for Anti-corruption is expected to provide management oversight to research and evaluations leading for Creative publications and working papers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serves as an SME for Anti-corruption on policy issues at HQ, and globally, representing the company’s interests and technical leadership expertise.

  • Provides thought leadership on an expansive view of Anti-corruption in line with trends in USAID thinking; incorporates this new thinking into proposals and builds capacity of Creative staff in this area.

  • As a representative of Creative, the STA exemplifies the company’s core values, mandate and approaches to external audiences.

  • Forecasts trends, identifies and seizes discrete business opportunities in Anti-corruption, supports PAs on capture missions at HQ with travel to the field as needed.

  • Provides supervisory duties for programs, research, evaluations and thought leadership on Anti-corruption to assure continued portfolio development.

  • Represents Creative to clients in DC, e.g., USAID, DoS, and with non-USG stakeholders like the UN; represents Creative to USAID Missions with special attention to LAC while looking for way to expand the Practice’s geographic footprint, facilitates strategic alliances with centers of excellence, academic institutions and think tanks in the US and abroad and develops a network of technical experts.

  • Maintains a strong client focus, cultivating professional relations as a point of contact on research, Anti-corruption issues with field staff, DCOPs and COPs.

  • Works closely, and collegially with CIT PADs and colleagues across EG and Education building out technical program offerings.

  • Coordinates with Creative’s DevLab and M&E colleagues to strengthen and expand knowledge, depth and approaches to Anti-corruption thematically.

  • Provides technical and strategic input to company-wide initiatives leveraging his/her technical expertise in Anti-corruption to increase Creative’s share of market opportunities.

Supports high-priority BD efforts through strategy formulation, contributing to ‘win themes’, proposal and partnership development for Anti-corruption.

Minimum Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree related to international relations, international administration, or development studies and fifteen years of relevant experience.

  • Experience serving in a technical advisory role and/or field research role as a Senior Technical Advisor, COP, Lead Field Researcher, or related function.

  • Experience in working with senior leaders from government, civil society, donors, and other stakeholders at HQ and the field in areas related to post crisis stabilization.

  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders and colleagues within Creative and with client representatives from USAID, FCDO and other donors in a professional and collegial manner at all levels.

  • Experience in leading innovative, state-of-the-art programmatic research, assessments and evaluation in Anti-corruption.

  • Capacity to deliver high quality, timely results against stated objectives. Ability to and innovate as a self-starter.

  • Strong writing and editing skills; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills with a track record in research, evaluations including publications and public speaking with excellent facilitation and presentations skills.

  • Demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit by seizing opportunities in the local marketplace, creating and nurturing opportunities for new business generation, and visibly represents the company with stakeholders.

  • Plans and executes new pursuits with technical insight and intellectual curiosity.

  • Experience with TWP, APEA, PDIA and other newer implementation approaches and tools preferred.

  • Spanish or French language proficiency a plus.

ID: 2021-2245

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