Public Financial Management (PFM) Practice Lead, International Development

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 23 June 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 24 May 2018

Job Description

The Practice Lead will report to the Vice President, Economic Policy and Governance. He/she will be supported by and be responsible for leading economists and administrative support staff and will oversee a portfolio of long-term projects that provide technical assistance in PFM, DRM, economic policy reform, and analysis to developing countries. Among these projects is the USAID Leadership in Public Financial Management II project, a Washington-based global program that provides thought leadership, training, and technical assistance to USAID’s E3 Bureau and bilateral missions, in a number of countries including Uganda, The Gambia, and Egypt. The Practice Lead is expected to occasionally provide his/her technical expertise on a short-term basis in the field.

Key Responsibilities

Management and Technical Leadership

  • Supervise the Public Financial Management practice.
  • Supervise and mentor home office and overseas staff assigned to PFM.
  • Oversee a portfolio of USG, donor, host country government, and private sector contracts focused on PFM. Maintain positive client relationships, ensure the delivery of high quality services and contract execution, and manage to profitability.
  • Participate in and contribute to the International Development strategic planning process.
  • Contribute to the development and achievement of the EP&G and PFM Annual Operating Plan (AOP).
  • Serve as a lead PFM technical expert both for EP&G projects as well as other related Nathan activities within each of the corporate Business Lines.
  • Collaborate with counterparts in Nathan London and Nathan India working on similar issues.

Business Development

  • Lead the growth and development of the PFM Practice in accordance with the three-year strategic plan and AOP.
  • Identify new programming trends in PFM and develop concrete, time-bound action plans to strategically position Nathan for new opportunities.
  • Proactively identify new business opportunities including programs funded by USAID, other USG agencies, DFID, multilateral donors, financial institutions, and private sector clients.
  • Plan and oversee BD capture efforts. Lead and participate on specific business development activities, including proposal preparation and management (including serving as the Proposal Director, Lead Technical Writer, or Capture Lead).
  • Ensure excellent quality of proposals submitted by the PFM Practice.
  • Market and outreach to key clients, partners, and stakeholders. Enhance Nathan’s reputation capital by participating in conferences, working groups, and other professional networks.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in public administration, finance or economics with training in international economics, public finance, and/or taxation.
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience, of which at least 10 years working on projects and activities funded by donor agencies (e.g., USAID, World Bank, IMF, ADB).
  • Demonstrated experience in business development, proposal management, and substantive proposal writing.
  • Record of accomplishment providing thought leadership as evidenced by publications, presentations at public events, and engagement in professional fora.
  • Short-term or long-term consulting experience in developing countries (required).
  • Experience in two or more of the following areas: macroeconomics, budget formulation and execution, fiscal policy, tax administration, DRM, banking, finance, governance and microeconomics.
  • Excellent management and mentoring skills.
  • Foreign language skills preferred.

About the Organization

Nathan is a private international economic and analytics consulting firm that works with government and commercial clients around the globe to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results. Whether building frameworks for economic growth or navigating regulatory hurdles, securing infrastructure financing or evaluating and assessing disputes, Nathan’s experts serve as trusted partners, offering clients the analysis, technical advice, and strategies they need for sound decision-making. Known for both technical and service excellence and with corporate offices in the US, London, and India and more than 40 program offices around the world, we offer the following areas of expertise, honed since we opened our doors in 1946: International Development, Litigation & Expert Services, Infrastructure Project Development & Finance, Advisory Services

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