CAPDEV boasts a team that includes senior officials as well as junior staff. The expertise of CAPDEV’s senior officials includes extensive experience in development work and capacity issues drawn from years of working in the UN system, the World Bank and senior management positions in national, regional and international institutions and University networks within the African Diaspora. Senior members have also worked extensively with AU, NEPAD, RECs, African countries, CSOs, NGOs in Africa as a whole.
The junior staff team works closely with senior experts and interfaces with international organisations, regional and sub-regional organisations, CSOs and private sector organisations. In addition, there is opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in the strategic planning processes of development organisations, the provision of development services, and capacity development initiatives.
Working languages for the team include English, French, Spanish and various African languages (Swahili, IsiZulu, Sesotho, Setswana, etc.).
The shared relevant skills and employment experience of CAPDEV’s senior officials includes the following, amongst others:
- Representation/Coordinator of UN agencies and other development partners;
- Extensive experiences in African and international programmes and projects on: democratic governance and election planning, food security/agriculture, foreign policy, diplomacy, inter-trade investments, environment including climate change, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS challenges, gender, capacity development.
- Experience with other development issues such as: security; conflict recovery; humanitarian crises; conflict and post conflict development work including peace building, peace keeping activities and post conflict reconstruction and development; aid effectiveness, coordination and donor arrangements; public and private sector activities etc.;
- Project/Programme development and management involving identification, design, formulation, implementation, review, monitoring and evaluation;
- Implementation of projects that focus on strengthening capacity development through skills training and learning initiatives;
- Strategic planning and management including scenario building and strategic choices;
- Development and financial modelling, economic and entrepreneurial development projects, resource/funds mobilisation;
- Policy development and formulation including comparative policy analysis and integration of complex emerging development issues; Policy oriented analysis
- Resource mobilisation and management, budgeting and financial management;
- Iinstitutional and organisational development;
- Communication and training skills;
- Electronic networking and information sharing;
- Facilitation of seminars and workshops, research analysis, report preparations and writing;
- Designing and deploying training modules based on needs assessments
- Providing translating services (documents and for international speakers)
- Formal graduate/post-graduate qualifications for the team include: Development Economics, Economic Planning and Policy Analysis, Engineering, Environmental Management Standards, International Politics, The team has also undertaken various professional and specialized training courses, including in the areas of: leadership, business, organizational and strategic management, evaluation/assessment, programme formulation, change management, planning.
Junior Professionals in Training (JPIT)
Individuals selected for these positions are associated with the work of CAPDEV and other partner organisations. The work of the selected individuals is under the guidance, training and support of senior officials. The JPIT team works closely and interfaces with international organisations, regional and sub-regional organisations, civil society and private sector organisations. In addition, there is opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in the strategic planning processes of development organisations, the provision of development services, and capacity development initiatives.
Training in challenging work activities such as international trade and related research, international co-operation on trade, south-south cooperation, intra-African trade, and post conflict reconstruction and development is also facilitated.