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Posting Title:Innovation Manager
Job Location: United States of America
Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management,
Preferred Experience: 7-10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 26th Dec, 2021

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Job Description

Position Overview

The Innovation Manager will provide strategic leadership for the Innovation part of the Capacity Development and  Innovation team. The Innovation Manager will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of current and new work streams under the Innovation team such as the online Human-Centered Design course and/or exploring engaged community as Pact’s guiding star. The Innovation Manager will also provide direct team supervision as well as lead or provide innovation guidance to expand business development.  They will create learning materials and resources for both internal and external audiences and in service of Pact’s thought leadership. They will coordinate with the Global Director in preparing long-term strategies to achieve organizational goals ensuring that these goals are met through Pact’s available resources.  Additionally, the Innovation Manager will oversee a portfolio of innovation projects and manage, mentor, and supports staff and interns in successfully meeting the team and individual performance objectives and professional development goals.

Key Responsibilities

Thought Leadership

  • Lead the development of cutting-edge materials around flagship approaches and tools for high-quality Innovation programming.
  • Lead and coordinate thought leadership increase the visibility of the Innovation work through hosting internal events, representing the Innovation practice at external events, and exploring opportunities for Pact to publish work externally.
  • Lead the development of innovation-focused external partnerships and opportunities
  • Drive advocacy for utilization of the HCD Course to increase the number of learners
  • Research and further develop use cases for Engaged Communities and integration of HCD within Pact
  • Engage with diverse stakeholders to scale the impact and integration of the innovation thinking internally and in external projects

Quality Programming

  • Lead the institutionalization and promotion of Innovation across Pact including through the development of internal innovation assets; design and curriculum development, managing technical implementation and advising regional/technical departments on Innovation integration, and designing project activities and budgets for opportunity/proposal development
  • Lead the development of strong internal collaboration between Innovation and the various departments, teams, and country offices
  • Lead in collaboration with the Results and Measurement Team Pact’s Engaged Communities roll out in service of strategy
  • Foster a culture of flexibility, innovation, inclusion, learning, support, diversity, and risk-taking within the Innovation team and across Pact. Promote Pact’s core values through all work and interactions.
  • Provide ongoing management of the innovation-focused projects
  • Lead the implementation of Pact’s online Human-Centered Design (HCD) course across all Pact offices and with partner organizations and communities.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation efforts for the HCD Course, including the creating of impact metrics and tools on the use and outcomes of the platform
  • Provide technical support for Innovation across the Pact’s portfolio of projects and oversee the Innovation staff to provide technical assistance in the areas of HCD, Systems Practice, Incubation, and open innovation.

Innovative Program Design, Measurement

  • Determine critical new business goals for the fiscal year and manage their exploration, execution, and completion.
  • development, including but not limited to, strategic prepositioning, proposal management, technical research, writing, thought leadership, and pricing.
  • Ensure ongoing management and execution of the innovation team’s portfolio of projects.
  • In coordination with the global director, lead the budgeting process (pipeline analysis, reviewing and developing budgets, and budget revisions/realignments) across all of the projects that the Innovation team leads.

Staff Supervision

  • Provide supervision, and mentorship to supervisee/s in successfully meeting the team and individual performance objectives and professional development goals.
  • Lead a team of Innovation project staff, ensuring that results and deliverables are met timely, within the scope, and of the highest quality.
  • In coordination with the global director CD and innovation, lead and support the recruitment of new Innovation team members.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s with at least seven (7+) years of work experience in international development, innovation, or a related field; or Masters with at least five (5+) years of work experience.
  • At least five years of work experience applying and leading human-centered design (HCD) methodologies.
  • Skills in sales and/or marketing, particularly for innovative products and services
  • Experience coordinating with international field offices.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of social innovation landscape and leading methods.


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