Organizational Development Advisor

Organizational Development Advisor

Organizational Development Advisor

The Center for Victims of Torture
May 10, 2022
Remote, Minnesota
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring Organizational Development (OD) Advisors to work in partnership with independent organizations based around the world providing torture treatment services so the organizations are better able to seize opportunities and adapt to challenges. The position focuses on developing features at the institutional level that bear on organizational effectiveness and sustainability, including leadership, management, and administrative capabilities; staff care and resilience; and resource development. The position works collaboratively as a part of a team of other advisors on the Helping Survivors Heal (HSH) program.


The position will provide technical expertise to partner organizations by co-facilitating (with a CVT team of advisors/subject matter experts) organizational assessments to determine strengths and needs; developing capacity-development plans for these areas; and providing or coordinating related technical support, coaching/consultation, and training to partner organization staff both online and in-person.


Location: United States

Remote status: 100%

Number of Positions: 2

Hiring range: $79,000 - $99,000 per year, depending on qualifications



The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Georgia and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.



Capacity Development with Partners: Conduct initial and ongoing assessments of organizational systems at partner organizations. Collaborate with partners to develop plans to strengthen organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Facilitate, train, mentor, and coach partner organization staff on OD topics through in-person and remote support. Collaborate with and support partner organization staff to develop organizational policies, structures, and systems. Conduct periodic visits to international partner organizations. Develop training materials, presentations, policies, and manuals for remote consultation, workshops, and webinars on topics including leadership, management, and administrative capabilities; linkages with other institutions; compliance; staff care and resilience; and resource development. Instruct and/or facilitate online programming, discussions, communities of practice, and other activities in line with project plans. Identify local OD consultants as needed and support their work with partner organizations.


Strategy, Planning, and Coordination: Collaborate with other project staff including program management and program technical staff. Participate in a team of OD subject matter experts by contributing to and receiving cross-partner consultations, strategy development, peer review, and other activities under the direction of the OD SME (subject matter expert) lead. Provide technical supervision, management, and oversight to OD consultants working with partner organizations, if applicable. Document major tools, decisions, analyses, etc. in clear, accessible locations and formats. Adhere to project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan requirements, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation tasks, reflective activities, team discussions, and other learning initiatives.


Reporting: Track and document activities. Produce dissemination products for internal and external audiences. Contribute to regular donor and/or CVT reports in alignment with organization needs, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements. Cooperate / collaborate with internal evaluation staff and project management staff, including responding to queries.


Other Responsibilities: Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Post-secondary degree (Master’s preferred) in management, organizational leadership, international development, business administration, public administration, healthcare administration, organizational development, or other related field
  • 8+ years of experience in management, organizational development, or leadership within international development or humanitarian projects/nonprofits/NGOs
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and/or leadership, strategic planning, and fundraising
  • Experience developing and conducting trainings on organizational development topics, in both in-person and web-based formats
  • Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants, and reports to funding entities
  • Experience facilitating and engaging teams of people with diverse backgrounds in internal learning activities
  • Experience working in international and intercultural settings


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Arabic
  • Experience integrating racial, gender and social inclusion principles into organizational systems and policies
  • Experience working with refugees and/or survivors of torture or other gross human rights violations
  • Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants and reports to funding entities


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Sufficient mastery of organizational development concepts to (a) perform and (b) build the capacity of others to:
    • Assess existing organizational policies, structures, and systems at external partner organizations and support the development/adaptation of new ones
    • Develop an organizational sustainability (funding) strategy
    • Develop a performance management system
    • Facilitate strategic planning sessions
  • Ability to develop training, capacity development, and dissemination products in various forms (e.g., reports, presentations, facilitated sessions, action learning teams) for audiences with varying levels of familiarity with OD concepts
  • Ability to apply academic/theoretical ideas and knowledge in concrete, real-world, settings
  • Experience facilitating collaborative and participatory processes with groups
  • Flexibility and experience with adaptive management concepts
  • Ability to independently produce technical reports for program teams and donors
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to engage substantively in team processes, including peer review to give, receive, and utilize substantive feedback about technical products
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds; including an openness to non-traditional and/or non-Western models of leadership and management
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional, collaborative relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Commitment to engaging in human rights work, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail, and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


Supervisory Responsibilities: No administrative supervision.


Work Environment:

  • CVT has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate in place for US-based employees
  • Typical office environment
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 90%
  • Time spent in virtual meetings is approximately 50%


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, of up to 5 pounds.


Travel: Ability to travel internationally, up to 35% of the time. Travel may be to remote and/or politically unstable environments lacking in amenities. If travel requires it, must be able to present valid COVID-19 vaccination credentials or adhere to entry and exit requirements for international travelers.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and physical demands


Responsibilities described above are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time as necessitated by organization needs



To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by May 16, 2022 to


CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.

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