Associate, Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative

February 7, 2019
New York, NY
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


About the Position


The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative seeks to hire an Associate to provide programmatic and administrative support to  a growing team of development professionals that offer project management, advisory services, and technical assistance around the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach to a variety of external clients, including UN agencies, governments, microfinance institutions, and NGOs. We are looking for someone who is highly organized, detail-oriented, proactive, and capable of supporting multiple assignments simultaneously. Reporting to Technical Specialist, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, s/he will support technical assistance to existing clients and donors, including administrative functions, business development, knowledge management, and reporting.

This position will be based in New York, and will work with staff members across BRAC global operations in London, Bangladesh, and other country offices in Asia and Africa.

Primary Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include the following:

Business Development Support

  • Conduct prospect research on potential partners including multilateral and bilateral donors, governments, foundations and INGOs or open bids suitable for UPGI technical advisory services;
  • Support aggregation of relevant materials for submission of proposals and bids;
  • Track contacts and relationships in cultivation and update databases, including Salesforce;
  • Assist leadership with tracking and informing BRAC key partners that provide the highest traffic of business opportunities and referrals, with targeted, relevant updates on BRAC activities and priorities; and
  • Support with proposal and budget development for new potential contracts.


Administrative Support

  • Support team operations, including scheduling and preparing for regular team meetings and events, note-taking, and organizing team activities;
  • Support with written content including developing first drafts, copy editing, and formatting of documents, reports, and presentations;
  • Work closely with the Practice Manager and BRAC financial systems to support administrative and financial contracting and compliance including drafting invoices, collating receipts for contract disbursements, tracking expenses, and preparing organizational attachments for expense reporting; and
  • Arrange travel, hotels, visas, insurance, event logistics and other necessary preparations for the team.


Knowledge Management Support

  • Support the communications team with contributions to regular newsletters, technical briefs, case studies and learning documents for external dissemination;
  • Curate both external and internal resources repository around global learning, tools, and best practice in Graduation programming;
  • Support the development of presentations and other content for key meetings, and other technical events; and
  • Act as supportive liaison within UPGI to provide technical sources that inform external advocacy activities (e.g. directing communications/advocacy team to relevant resources).



The candidate for Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative should have a proven interest in  international development, economic empowerment, and the eradication of ultra-poverty.

Education and Experience:

  • Required Bachelor’s degree, with a preference given to candidates with degrees in social sciences, international development, or another relevant field;
  • Experience applying strong interpersonal skill-set to support teams in a fast-paced and multicultural environment;
  • Exceptional ability to communicate with internal and external audiences; and
  • Creative problem solver; able to easily adapt to changing workflow/team needs.

How to Apply

This is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly-effective, collaborative and innovative non-profit. BRAC USA offers a competitive package including base salary, medical/dental/vision insurance, FSA, life insurance, 401k, annual professional development stipend and generous paid time off. Note that some benefits are subject to a waiting period and more information can be provided to shortlisted applicants, upon request.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with state and federal law.

To apply, please visit, and upload your resume, detailed cover letter, references, and writing sample.

No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.

The deadline for applications is February 22nd, 2019




BRAC is one of the world’s largest development organizations, dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. Working across 12 countries in South Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 120 million people worldwide. BRAC takes a holistic approach to alleviating poverty with programs that include microfinance, education, healthcare, food security programs and more.

Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative

Through its Graduation programs, BRAC targets the poorest people in a community, known as the ultra-poor, and uses a holistic, time-bound approach to help them improve their health, learn financial skills, and start a profitable business. More than 95 percent of participants in Bangladesh continue on a positive economic trajectory five years after the program ends. To date, BRAC has ‘graduated’ more than 1.7 million households out of ultra-poverty. BRAC’s approach has gained widespread recognition and adaptations have taken root worldwide.

In 2013, BRAC launched the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative. The Initiative aims to position Graduation as a key driver to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms, everywhere. It does this by:

  • Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, development finance agencies, national governments, Non-governmental organizations, and microfinance institutions.
  • Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach in countries around the world, supported through advisory services, technical assistance and training for external stakeholders interested in, or currently implementing Graduation programs.

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