Project Director, Stabilization and Development

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 13 January 2019
Posted on 14 December 2018

Job Description

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Project Director in its Stabilization and Development Practice Area. The Project Director assumes responsibilities for projects assigned within the Practice Area, mentors and supervises the Project Chief of Party (COP) and team members in Headquarters, and oversees project design and implementation efforts. The Project Director is responsible for work plan implementation from project concept to closure, and coordinates efforts across HQ and field teams to achieve project objectives. The Project Director oversees all aspects of the project and manages junior staff providing project backstopping support for financial, contractual, procurement, grants and programs, to include client interface and collaboration. The Project Director travels internationally to oversee field project and reconnaissance activities.

This position serves in a leadership role to manage and solve problems in project implementation and support, and to assure implementation of fully compliant projects in the field. The Project Director is responsible for the development of programmatic deliverables and reports and provides operational, research, and logistical support to project staff and consultants. As part of the HQ team, the Project Director serves in a lead role on technical aspects of program design, implementation and support. The Project Director is also a lead in business development and proposal activities within the Practice Area.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Project Director reports to the Director, Stabilization and Development.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Responsible for assigned project teams in all facets of project ramp-ups, project implementation, and project close-downs, ensure program implementation success and compliance in line with USAID’s and Creative’s administrative, financial, procurement, and operational procedures;
  • Help lead project strategy and program/project implementation from concept to closure; work directly with multiple HQ and field teams;
  • Assure that project implementation is executed with best practices and compliant project and financial management skills;
  • Develop junior project management staff in USAID and Creative’s policies and procedures;
  • Responsible for enhancing HQ-field coordination/communication for improved project management; and
  • Lead efforts in proposal development and business development efforts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for project activity design, development, implementation, tracking, and disbursements;
  • Oversees the implementation of approved activities, monitoring of timelines, tracking budgets, and supporting subcontract development; resolves issues in project start-up and close-down;
  • Responsible for continuous improvement to project management standard operating procedures;
  • Manages overarching aspects of project implementation including project backstopping, key field personnel support, and consultant agreement development and execution; prompt and compliant processing of project finance transactions, approval and handling of all travel and related logistics, and grant management implementation;
  • Assures that all project-related documentation including program work plans, staff records, communications, and transactions are compliant, properly documented, and organized;
  • Manages project budgets and subcontractor budgets; makes projections and submits regular reports;
  • Works with Contracting Officer on specified project activities;
  • Contributes to regular reports on project success stories and deliverables;
  • Responsible for representing the project externally with the client, partners and/or donor organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Serves in a lead liaison role working with support divisions in HQ including HR, Contracts, Procurement, Field Operations, Communications, and Finance, to support project implementation;
  • Serves in a key role with business development on proposals; and
  • Manages activities regarding reconnaissance and fact-finding trips in preparation for bids.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and twelve years or up to fifteen years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree and ten years or up of relevant experience;
  • Field experience as a senior manager such as Operations Manager, Grants Manager, Deputy Country Representative or extended (10 months or more) short term technical assignments;
  • Two or more “task” specific international development field assignments;
  • Experience in supervising the work of junior staff members;
  • Experience in HQ project management including budget realignments;
  • Experience working with and managing COPs;
  • Experience in making formal presentations to clients, peers, and other groups;
  • Experience in reviewing and approving project procurements, grants, and purchase order agreements;
  • Experience in leadership of project start-ups and close-downs;
  • Experience in conflict areas;
  • Ability to assume responsibilities for project up to $35M or more in funding;
  • Extensive skill and experience in U.S. government donor regulations;
  • Excellent communications skills; skills in developing and managing proposal and project budgets;
  • Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently;
  • Ability to work in high stress environments, and an ability to multi-task under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel internationally on short notice.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a language other than English, preferably Arabic;
  • Familiarity with Stabilization programming;
  • Familiarity with Middle East programming.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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