Vice President of Ecosystem Advocacy & External Affairs

Vice President of Ecosystem Advocacy & External Affairs

BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

Remote/Flexible Location, Global   |   February 24, 2021

About BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

The Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (“UPGI”) is a global program of BRAC that was founded in 2016 to build off of the success of BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation program in Bangladesh. BRAC UPGI aims to position the Graduation approach as a key driver to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide. It does this by:

  • Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, national governments, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and
  • Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach in countries around the world, supported through technical assistance and capacity strengthening for external stakeholders.

In 2002, BRAC pioneered the Ultra-Poor Graduation (“Graduation”) approach in Bangladesh – a holistic intervention to help people lift themselves from extreme poverty – after recognizing that existing poverty alleviation programs were not reaching the poorest people. Through the provision of livelihood assets, cash transfers, and continued mentoring and training, the Graduation approach addresses participants’ multidimensional needs within the local context and ‘graduates’ people from extreme poverty into sustainable livelihoods.

To learn more about BRAC UPGI, please visit

The Opportunity

BRAC UPGI is seeking its inaugural Vice President of Ecosystem Advocacy & External Affairs to help support the global organization as it scales aggressively over the next six years and beyond. This role is a critical leadership position in BRAC UPGI’s next chapter.

An essential externally focused leader, the Vice President of Ecosystem Advocacy & External Affairs will manage and evolve UPGI’s external positioning in the global and regional ecosystems. The VP of Ecosystem Advocacy & External Affairs will provide functional leadership, scaling, standardization, and management across Ecosystem-level Advocacy, stakeholder engagement, Communications, and Fundraising.

Expressing Interest

Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director Global Practice, and Domino Gehred-O’Connell, Vice President Executive Search of Koya Partners, have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

BRAC UPGI is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Read and download the position profile HERE.