Associate, Project Delivery

  • Posted on 24 September 2020
  • Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 24 October 2020

Job Description

Associate, Project Delivery

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Support project start-up and closeout;
  • Serve as a liaison between the project and the Project Excellence & Compliance Hub;
  • Contribute to the preparation and maintenance of project specific components of the project management manual;
  • Learn and contribute to training of project staff on company policies, SOPs and Guidelines and client rules and regulations (covering for example: security, occupational health and safety, risk management, planning, human resource management, monitoring, reporting, finance, procurement, logistics, IT, communications, audit support and all other such implementation matters);
  • Participate in the development, review, and tracking of progress against project work plans;
  • Support the development and presentation of internal and external reporting, (quarterly Internal Project Reviews (IPRs), project risk assessments, annual reviews, and client deliverables) and ensure these outputs are fit for purpose;
  • Ensure project issues and risks are logged, monitored, and updated in the issues and risk portal (aka register) and escalate risks and issues to corporate/project leadership, as required;
  • Learn to review procurements, budgets, reports, and other documents to ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures; may conduct spot checks on processes and internal controls including reviewing asset management procedures and updated asset registers for each project, as assigned;
  • Support development of project subcontractor and grants management procedures compliant with both internal policies and procedures, and client rules and regulations;
  • Assist with internal PMU administration, including drafting weekly meeting agendas, tracking tasks, maintaining calendars and deadline reminders;
  • Work towards anticipating project needs and providing compliant, flexible recommendations on processes, or assigned responsibilities, such as suggesting adequate timelines for reviews and coordination between HQ and field offices, proactively handling PMU administrative tasks, etc.;
  • Contribute to technical assistance through reviews, engaging in work planning and discussions with the field team, etc. to build skills with the goal of taking on a more senior role, such as manager, project delivery or a functional area.

Contract and Client Relationship Management

  • Support the monitoring and maintenance of compliance with head/prime contracts;
  • Manage and supports contract amendments as required;
  • Provide inputs and support to other PMU members on any client communication or reporting needs;
  • Support project advocacy with internal and external stakeholders.

Financial Management

  • Support establishing project account codes, ensuring they are fit for purpose and meet client’s and project’s requirements for cost allocation, monitoring and evaluation, and client reporting;
  • May work with Treasury to assist with project bank accounts set-up including getting any appropriate company or project signatories;
  • Support ensuring the project financial calendar is adhered to;
  • Support monitoring expenditure against budgets and forecasts, including staff costs, operating expenses and procurements; reconciles & reports on all advances monthly;
  • Assist with project financial and cash-flow planning, processes monthly Funds Transfer Requests (FTRs) and payments for assigned projects;
  • Review cashbooks / field vouchers and ensure supporting documentation is complete;
  • Help coordinate service providers and processes work orders and invoices;
  • Assist with internal financial reporting and tasks including accruals and reviewing client invoices.
  • Support preparation of contract action requests (i.e., travel, personnel additions/changes, partner, grant, budget realignment, etc.);
  • Support audit processes and ensures retention of project records is compliant with company policy.

Human Resource Management and Recruitment

  • Coordinate input and support from HR for recruitment and contracting expatriate, TCN, and other key personnel as needed;
  • Coordinate project staff recruitment and due diligence (i.e., posting job descriptions, due diligence, compliance spot checks, biodata verification, record retention, and contract preparation and onboarding);
  • Maintain project data on relevant systems for short-term and long-term staff and consultants;
  • Support the mobilisation and demobilisation of all international staff (short-term and long-term) including contracting, travel management, payments and induction.

Business Development / Other

  • Contribute to company growth by supporting well-managed projects, ensuring Palladium is seen positively by clients for consideration in future business development;
  • Participate in capture planning, providing inputs on implementation requirements;
  • Provide input and supports business development of the company as required.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Reporting requirements

  • The role reports to the Manager, Project Delivery. Reporting requirements include:
  • Attendance at all regular management team meetings,
  • Provision of regular updates to the line manager, including updates on Key Result Areas (KRAs) and any other material matters and/or areas of concern,
  • Monthly submission of financials and forecasts, and contributions to Practice and corporate reporting;
  • Other reporting as requested by the line manager.


  • Internally the role will be required to liaise closely with the project team, the corporate management team, Practice Area
  • Specialists, Project Delivery staff, the commercial management group and most other units within the group.
  • Externally the role will liaise with clients, national governments, business partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Works with respect and dignity for all colleagues and contributes to a cooperative team working environment.
  • Internship, customer service, or prior experience in any business setting is helpful.
  • Basic understanding of management including organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports.
  • Sound problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to travel and work in developing countries for extended periods of time if needed.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team when required.
  • Proficiency in international languages preferred.

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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