Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in learning, energy, environment, as well as other disciplines. Around the globe, the International Development Group’s Learning, Energy and Environment for Development (LEED) Division is a growing Division with an expanding portfolio of work. The Environment Team brings a breadth of experience from around the world in areas of biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, climate change and adaptation, climate-resilience, low emissions, sustainable landscape planning, as well as familiarity applying cross-cutting USAID priorities, including private sector engagement, GYESI, improved governance an inclusive planning approaches to programs related to climate, environment and natural resource management.
RTI is currently accepting applications for an Environment Project Manager to serve as a senior contributor to our growing Environment Team. This position will play a key role in business development (specifically USAID), targeted technical research and quality project implementation, ensuring efficient management and quality of work products while working collaboratively with the LEED business development team as well as staff. The work will entail supporting a growing environment portfolio of international development projects working primarily in biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, climate change and adaptation, climate-resilience, low emissions, sustainable landscape planning,
This position will be based in Washington, DC or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time when COVID restrictions are lifted.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Support programmatic strategies and activities within the biodiversity conservation, climate, environmental crime and natural resources management technical areas, including contributing to the development of technical approaches and tools.
- Perform project management, technical assistance, and proposal role as defined within RTI’s established project management structures, providing project management support to moderately complex to complex climate, natural resources, and environment projects.
- Perform technical program support and technical assistance, including facilitating work planning, to project portfolio in given technical area of expertise. This may include field-based short-term technical assistance.
- Provide significant contribution to the development of technical proposals, concept notes, and expressions of interest.
- Contribute to other business development activities which will include capture, partner identification and development, Salesforce updates, leading and/or writing proposals and other related tasks.
- Collaborate with key sector partners, donors, consultants, host country counterparts and stakeholders.
- Collaborate with colleagues across RTI on technical, administrative, and strategic planning initiatives.
- Develop project abstracts, briefs, impact summaries and success stories.
- Contribute to technical developments in CNRW technical areas.
- Contribute to the development of published technical articles, papers, and reports in technical area.
- Contribute to presentations, seminars and workshops on international economic development topics.
- Bachelor’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 10 years of related work experience; or Master’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 6 years of related work experience.
- A mix of field-based technical implementation experience and program management in the one or more of the following areas: biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, environmental crime; climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation; sustainable landscape planning and management; sustainable supply chains; clean energy; green growth; forest conservation; green finance; sustainable urbanization; empowerment of natural resource-dependent groups and communities.
- Familiarity applying cross-cutting USAID priorities - including private sector engagement, improved governance, and inclusive planning approaches - to programs related to climate, environment, and natural resource management.
- Proven experience supporting the development of technical proposals and reports, such as writing technical sections for proposals and working with project teams to develop technical deliverables. USAID context and environment projects experience preferred.
- Experience in USAID technical work planning, program management and technical assistance for environment activities. Must demonstrate an understanding of and ability to meet the needs for management and implementation of long-term overseas-based projects involving grants/subcontractors. $10 million or greater preferred.
- Experienced in research areas, methodologies, innovations, emerging trends and technologies in technical area.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong relationship management skills across teams, with clients and counterparts.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines under pressure, and multi-task.
- Proficiency in a foreign language preferred.