BRAC Global Lead, Government Systems Jobs in Kenya

BRAC Global Lead, Government Systems Jobs in Kenya

About the Opportunity

  • TheBRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Global Lead to build a new unit on Government Systems. This is the first position in a new global unit that will drive BRAC’s learning about how government systems can be best leveraged to optimize the delivery of Graduation style programming. This is a global position working across multiple countries in Africa and Asia.

  • The delivery of all social services are shaped to a large extent by the architecture of government systems that enable, constrain and structure how social services reach people. Government systems involve many pieces of government infrastructure such as lD systems, social registries (and other government databases), government office infrastructure, civil service and staffing rules, procurement requirements and the use of technology.

  • This includes forward looking possibilities, such as the ability of governments to leverage data (big data, satellite imagery, national databases) in better targeting and social services delivery. Governments are also enabled and constrained in the extent to which they can partner with community based organizations or other private parties in service delivery.

  • Governments systems also deliver an array of services, often through multiple ministries. Scaling new services or augmenting existing ones depends heavily on how to work with a government’s existing strengths and to work around its limitations or constraints. Government systems are also shaped by politics and how the political system of a given country or region chooses to shape its social service programs.

  • This new position will help to shape a new unit, building on a broad assessment they will undertake of where Graduation has gained scale and how Government Systems have enabled and constrained scale and quality, compiling evidence from multiple country case studies; identifying where Graduation programs have become large and the Government Systems used to enable such scale.

  • After this initial enquiry and learning phase, the position will support the development of a new unit that will develop insights, guidance and tools that will position and enable Governments to scale high quality Graduation programming within and alongside their other programs.

  • This position reports directly to UPGI’s Managing Director and will have scope to hire a number of consultants or firms in the first year or two of formation. This new position and unit at BRAC’s UPGI has a global mandate and can be based anywhere, with some preferences for one of BRAC International's hubs in Washington DC, New York, London, the Hague, Nairobi, or Dhaka.

    Primary Responsibilities

  • As a new position in a new unit, this role calls for a high degree of experience and creativity. The role will also come with a substantial budget to hire and engage consultants, firms, or other services in pursuit of the agenda. It is envisioned that in addition to this position, that at least two experienced consultants would be identified to support unit development as well.

  • This senior role will be tasked with developing UPGI’s understanding of the key barriers and enablers to scale in government systems, and scoping the remit and responsibilities of a new Government Systems unit within UPGI. In particular, building on their extensive experience work with government systems in social sectors, this role will be responsible for:

  • Identify key lessons on the enablers and barriers to scale for Graduation programming and establishing base hypotheses about barriers to scale, conditions for scale to happen;

  • Develop government system archetypes and assessing how each functions and the scope for different archetypes to scale Graduation style programming;

  • Research and
    catalog existing graduation programs being delivered by government - drawing on secondary data sources, including that developed by the Partnership for Economic Inclusion at the World Bank (where BRAC sits on the Steering Committee);

  • Recommend the kinds of capacities and tools UPGI needs to access in order to effectively influence and enable governments to adopt Graduation programmes at scale; and

  • Build the new unit’s communications, coordination and collaboration with other units in UPGI and across the BRAC organization.

  • In a second phase and based on the initial learnings, the position will help to shape the new unit, including taking a lead role in recruiting and onboarding new team members, and leading the team’s efforts to develop key tools, knowledge, expertise or insights on government systems.

  • For example, this might include: expertise in AI systems to help leverage government databases for better targeting; Administrative manuals and MIS that equip government systems with the ability to scale; Recommendations on modes of public/private partnership that strengthen last mile delivery; The use of technology to economize participant engagement; Political analysis on how to to structure programs in ways that support inter-ministerial cooperation.

  • The role would involve considerable planning ahead, vision, oversight of other staff and engagement with the Managing Director and senior members of the UPGI management team.

    Safeguarding Responsibilities

  • Establish a safeguarding culture across all level of the programme by implementing the safeguarding policy. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.

  • Responsible to ensure team members are appropriately trained, supported and have access to resources regarding issues that are identified and actioned in accordance with the safeguarding policy and procedure.

  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.


  • We are looking for a person with a range of experiences in lower-income countries and particularly with direct experience managing, delivering or advising social service delivery systems. A strong candidate would have worked within a government ministry or been a close advisor or financer of government programs.

  • Strong candidates would have substantial experience working with some (not necessarily all) of the Government Systems noted: IDs, social registries, data/analytics, procurement, IT, political analysis.

  • Proven experience improving government service delivery and government systems would be desirable. Experience in data analytics, database management, and the use of technology in service delivery would be significantly advantageous.

    Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Strong organization and planning

  • Ability to analyze complex systems and describe well in written and visual modes

  • Understanding of government operations, rules, limitations

  • Ability to approach and easily engage government officials, building trust and rapport

  • Ability to thrive in work environments that are diverse, fast moving, entrepreneurial, and located in multiple time zones.

    Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of work experience, with a strong preference for significant portions of this in Africa or Asia.

  • Masters or higher postgraduate degree in a relevant field, such as Public Policy, Business Administration, IT.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; BRAC Global Lead, Government Systems Jobs in Kenya

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