Project Coordinator, Food Security and Agriculture

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 1 June 2020

Job Description

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute providing research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. The Food Security and Agriculture (FS&Ag) Division within the International Development Group is seeking a Project Associate to support our work in Food Security & Agriculture. The successful candidate will provide mid- to advanced-level operational support and technical assistance in all aspects of home office project management and implementation as well as proposal development for the division. The position will primarily support the Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) project, but may be assigned to support other projects and business development efforts as needed.


This position is to be based in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC with strong preference given to Washington DC. Position requires international travel to Somalia up to 25%.


Responsibilities:
  • Provide advanced day-to-day operational support to projects and project management teams that ensure compliance with RTI and client requirements.
  • Develop and maintain project management schedules, project work plans, and other general project management resources.
  • Lead budget formulation, monitoring and reporting support, including tracking key financial metrics like budgets, obligations, and forecasts.
  • Lead cost performance monitoring and reporting, including expenditures, invoices, advances, and accruals.
  • Ensure accurate and compliant record keeping and administration performance, including tasks such as conducting/managing file desk reviews and spot checks.
  • Provide general project management reporting to project management teams.
  • Liaise and coordinate support services from business partners as appropriate.
  • Liaise with technical specialists in coordination of technical development and support to projects, including ensuring the review of project technical deliverables for quality and timeliness of submissions.
  • Monitor and lead correction process to ensure project documentation, deliverables and data are maintained consistently in accordance with policies and standards.
  • Take lead responsibilities on specific project phases to include Project Start Up, Close Out, managing sub-contractors, etc.
  • May engage with Project Leadership in the definition and execution of project activities and development of plans and schedules.
  • Work with the Project Management team to identify and manage risks.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to projects as defined by the Project Manager.
  • Provide input, review and/or submit client communications as required.
  • Support conference planning, logistics and reports, as appropriate.
  • Perform business and proposal development needs as assigned.
  • In a matrix environment supervise and provide regular feedback to assigned staff.
  • May perform Project Manager role per IDG PMI for part of assigned portfolio as directed.
  • Perform business and proposal development needs of the assigned program as directed.
  • Perform other Program and project duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development or related field and 6 years of related work experience; or master’s degree in relevant social science or related field and 4 years of related work experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in project management in international development, experience with USAID-funded activities is required.
  • Advanced proficiency in administrative and operational support skills and abilities, experience working with budgets exceeding $10 million annually is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with food security, agriculture, value chains, Somalia and/or similar technical area preferred.
  • Proven ability to work across technical and operational areas within business group.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Excellent ability in communication (verbal and written).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability.
  • Proven ability to manage and support complex and geographically disparate portfolios.
  • Strong ability to partner and influence.
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Arabic preferred.
  • Must be willing to travel to Somalia in addition to other international and domestic travel as assigned 25%.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

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