Project Manager I/II, MENA

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 February 2020
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 6 March 2020

Job Description

Job Title/Grade: Project Manager I (Grade 8)

Project Manager II (Grade 9)

Department: Delivery, MENA / Afghanistan Region

Reports to: Director, Project Delivery Team

Function of the Position:

This position in the Project Delivery Team (PDT) provides home office technical, financial, contractual, and management oversight and has decision-making authority for one or more projects. Enables projects to achieve quality programming and development outcomes. Also participates in new business initiatives within the assigned geography.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Manager Functions

The incumbent of this position manages home office functions for one or more projects in Afghanistan and must be prepared to travel to Afghanistan multiple times per year. Manages resources across these teams and encourages collaboration within broader directorate and geography. Makes timely decisions; escalates to appropriate decision-maker as needed; keeps PDT Director informed of key management or technical issues on the projects. Participates in management or technical STTAs. May serve as Acting COP or DCOP. Executes authorities listed in SOA.

New Business

Participates in research, pre-positioning and/or proposal management efforts. This would represent on average 15% of incumbent’s time depending on portfolio.


Identifies home office technical experts (e.g., from Technical Services) that will serve as resources to the COP and component leads on the project. Works with COP to ensure that contract deliverables are completed and submitted in a timely manner, that project activities are implemented in accordance with the contract scope of work and approved work plan, and are of high quality. Develops scope of work documents (SOW) and identifies, interviews, and approves project STTA and LTTA candidates and manages their recruitment. Participates and provides support as necessary to the COP and field team during all strategic planning sessions. Manages project extension or modification proposals. Reviews, supports, and edits (with COP) project deliverables (monthly, quarterly and annual reports, work plans and other deliverables) and STTA deliverables as requested by field. Contributes to Knowledge Management and Learning for directorate and geography: responsible for promoting project through success stories, DAI website updates, hosting project brown bags, etc. Contributes to cross-project learning with Technical Services and throughout geography to deepen development solutions that are locally relevant, successful, and sustainable.

Project Management

Leads Quarterly Project Review (QPR) process. Responsible for scheduling Client Satisfaction Surveys twice a year, to be carried out by the PDT Director and for following up on any action items and/or taking measures for improvements as needed. Monitors day-to-day activity on the project and manages home office tasks, including:

  • Providing oversight of operational activities, such as mobilization and demobilization of staff, home office-based procurement, etc.
  • Troubleshooting complex, or cross-departmental problems
  • Ensuring compliance with DAI policies and procedures and, in consultation with support groups, providing recommendations for best practices (in areas such as inventory management, insurance, record management, export control, etc.)

Serves as the primary point of contact for the COP and HO staff on technical, management, operational, and financial issues. Engages HR on field and PDT personnel issues as needed. Manages communication, relationship and quality of service with subcontractors. Responsible for the success of start-up and close down of his/her projects and may serve as Start-up or Close-down Manager or Team Leader as appropriate. Proactively identifies and analyzes areas of risk, advises project team on solutions and preventative measures. Ensures compliance with internal and external audit findings.

Contract Management

Ensures overall contract compliance with client and DAI rules, regulations and procedures. Resolves complex contractual issues with appropriate escalation and collaboration with Contracts and PDT Director. Manages preparation of budget realignments, contract modifications, and subcontract modifications. Ensures team drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates. Writes Statements of Work for subcontracts and serves as primary point of contact for all US based subcontractors and partners.

Financial Management

Accountable for managing project financial performance targets (with COP); leads project financial reviews, analyzes and troubleshoots financial issues. Monitors and approves project non-billable costs; responsible for minimizing non-billable costs. Responsible for ensuring accuracy of project financial transactions and monthly project invoices. Reviews and approves home office payments (e.g., expense reports, vendor invoices). Monitors accuracy of project budget and provides analysis and solutions; understands financial structure of contract and advises COP and home office on profitability implications. Assists home office team and field with quarterly ETC projections and provides final ETC review.

Geographic/Cross DAI Support

As a Project Delivery Team member, provides support as needed and collaborates with colleagues. Reviews new policies and procedures and, where needed, proposes changes for existing policies and procedures. Delivers trainings and acts as QA reviewer. Provides short-term coverage for traveling Managers or Associates, or Managers performing proposal management responsibilities. Drafts technical justification and seeks Director approval for At Risk Requests.

Staff Management

Supervises, trains and coaches Project Associates and Assistants. Ensures COP receives DAI orientation and appropriate training. Ensures Project Associates and Coordinators have the required training as per the Learning Plan, skills, and support to successfully carry out their SOWs. Encourages learning and knowledge sharing across USG, the geography, and the directorate. Conducts performance reviews and goal setting meetings for Associates and Assistants.

Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Qualifications :

Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 8: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of experience and a master’s degree.
  • Grade 9: Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of experience and a master’s degree.

Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

  • Experience providing administrative and management support to international donor- funded projects (large complex projects preferred)
  • Knowledge of U.S. government regulations, policies and procedures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able and willing to travel to Afghanistan and possibly other regional travel in the Middle East (including Iraq) on short-term assignments for DAI projects (minimum one assignment per year)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Field experience, ideally in Afghanistan
  • 2 years of supervisory experience
  • Business development experience, including proposal writing
  • Experience managing and tracking financial budgets

Supervisory Requirements: May supervise one or more Project Delivery Team Associate(s) and/or Assistant(s)

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE- Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

About the Organization

DAI is an international development companywith corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Nigeria, and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Named one of the world’s top 40 international development innovators, DAI has delivered transformational development results in more than 150 countries for clients including development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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