Job DescriptionThis role will support both project and proposal work, ensuring effective management and quality of work products, working collaboratively with other Learning, Energy and Environment for Development (LEED) operational staff, and engaging substantively on business development.
RTI International•s International Development Group seeks a technical and operational contributor to be part of the LEED Division. This person will join our Climate, Natural Resources and Water (CNRW) team, supporting technical and operational excellence and business development growth.
This position is an opportunity for a professional seeking an opportunity to expand her/his project management and technical implementation experience. The Project Coordinator [RTI internal job title: Program Management Specialist 3] backstops the field offices to provide operational assistance for his/her assigned programs. S/he liaises with the client, home and field offices, subcontractors, and consultants in order to support timely and high quality work in programs under implementation. S/he adds value by developing and implementing operational and administrative processes and systems which adhere to RTI, USAID and/or other Client protocols. Additionally, s/he works to promote new business opportunities and research initiatives by pursuing both geographic and technical areas under RTI•s strategic vision. This position will be based in either Washington, DC or the Research Triangle Park, NC (RTI headquarters) and will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time
•Works closely with the Project Manager (PM) and supervises and mentors Project Associates (PAs) as required to provide home office operational support to active projects in the field.
•Provides home office budgetary, operational and financial management support on one or more projects, supports project field teams/offices, and monitors project activity against established workplans and contractual milestones.
•Ensures overall contract compliance with client and RTI policies and procedures.
•Assumes increasing responsibility in business and proposal development efforts, covering all aspects of the proposal process such as market research, recruiting, project performance summaries, corporate capability statements and writing sections of the technical proposal, as appropriate.
•Support capture efforts for new business opportunities including desk research, partner meetings and information gathering trips.
•Prepares formal documentation for projects including budgets, quarterly financial reports, periodic progress reports and other deliverables.
•Supports the management of project financial performance targets, leads project financial and operational reviews, and analyzes and troubleshoots operational and financial issues.
•Participates in work plan development, monitoring and evaluation processes and reviews of project performance.
•Manages financial, budgetary and administrative components of subcontractors and vendors.
•Drafts scopes of works for short-term technical assistance under the overall guidance and direction of the PM and/or Technical Field staff.
•Participates in project startup and closeout teams, as needed, including coordination of operational requirements such as banking, staffing, office facilities, and developing start-up/close out work plans.
•Supports project grants programs as needed, including timely and compliant grants management, reviews of grants proposals, verifying grantees• reports, and evaluating grantees• finance and administrative procedures for compliance with USAID and other client regulations.
•Writes and edits success stories, documents best practices on current programs and disseminates relevant information to promote cross-project learning and knowledge management.
•Engages in research and technical development activities across a range of global challenges and geographic settings relevant to the Climate, Natural Resources & Water team, in particular water resources, natural resources, biodiversity, sector governance and countering wildlife crime.
•Contributes to strategic planning and initiatives.
•Carries out other duties as required.
• Bachelor•s degree, focused on international relations, water resources management, natural resources management, or a related field and at least 4 years of relevant experience, or Master•s degree and at least 2 years of relevant experience.
• Work experience in program administration and/or project development preferred, especially for USAID-funded contracts and/or cooperative agreements.
• Experience in water resources management, biodiversity, and/or natural resources management technical areas preferred.
• Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask.
• Ability to communicate clearly with people with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets.
• Experience with budgeting and financial procedures, as well as USAID rules and regulations.
• Demonstrated writing skills.
• Strong networking skills in order to maintain current and develop future contacts.
• Ability to independently research upcoming projects and technical areas and participate in new business development.
• Fluency in English required with professional fluency in at least 1 additional language strongly preferred.
• Ability to travel internationally approximately up to 30% time, including to conflict-prone countries.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.
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