Job DescriptionRTI’s International Education Division is supporting education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, DFAT and other donors and clients.
RTI International seeks an experienced and energetic Senior Education Manager to support our work in international education.• The Senior Education Manager will serve primarily as a project manager for large-scale international education projects, being responsible for a range of managerial, technical, business development and mentoring activities, working closely with RTI staff, partners, local counterparts, and donor and ministry representatives.• This position will ensure projects are implemented in an efficient manner and that they result in high quality technical and administrative delivery.•This position•s business development related responsibilities include managing and leading proposals for a range of donors and clients and, as appropriate, writing or contributing content. The Senior Education Manager will be based in either Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC (RTI headquarters) and will be expected to travel internationally approximately 25% of the time.
Role and responsibilities:
- Act as a home office-based project manager for select projects and ensure timely delivery of high quality and impactful technical and managerial deliverables.
- Plan and manage the financial, material and personnel resources needed to carry out assigned project and program activities on time and with quality
- Supervise Chiefs of Party and other select team members, providing mentoring support and identifying growth opportunities where needed. Act as an interim Chief of Party in times of transition and personnel changes.
- Provide technical input into the design of new and existing activities.
- Monitor and support project implementation, including:- Tracking progress on targets and deliverables and ensuring that contractual requirements are being met and identifying issues to be addressed.
- Managing technical relationship with clients from a project management perspective and ensuring satisfaction. •
- Developing or reviewing scopes of work, budgets and invoices for subcontractors, suppliers and consultants.
- Monitoring performance of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants.
- Playing a key role in the development and review of quarterly and annual reports, technical reports, costed work plans, and other deliverables.
- Monitoring and supporting identification and onboarding of key project hires.
- As needed and appropriate, providing technical assistance and participating in or leading policy dialogue, high-level project planning and implementation discussions with ministry counterparts.
- Periodically lead business development efforts. Seek out new relevant project work, and lead, write or contribute to proposals, including:- Identifying, researching and evaluating new opportunities.
- Leading proposals and proposal teams, including planning, managing and assuring the quality of the technical, financial and contractual proposal response.
- Overseeing and contributing to the development budgets for proposals in collaboration with RTI finance and budget staff.
- Writing or contributing to technical narratives.
- Supervising and coordinating proposal contributions by a range of team members from across the International Education Division and RTI.
- Developing management plans and collaborating with RTI recruitment specialists to develop staffing structures, drafting job descriptions and contributing to other staffing-related efforts.
- Identifying strategic partners, developing their scopes of works and overseeing partners• proposal contributions.
- Contribute to RTI•s mission, to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice, working collaboratively within the International Education Division and across RTI International.
- Master•s Degree and a minimum of 9 years of experience in international education; or PhD in Education or related field with 6 years relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated experience and proven success in project management, team leadership, and mentorship, and application of a collaborative and effective management style.
- Experience working on USAID-funded projects and proposals, and an in-depth knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
- Prior experience serving in a long-term resident position overseas preferred.
- Experience working closely with ministry counterparts, donors, local country counterparts, partners, colleagues and consultants.
- Experience contributing to business development efforts, including proposal management and writing.
- Strong oral and written communications skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with a problem-solving, proactive attitude, and capacity to work•both independently and as a collaborative team player.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.
- Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to travel internationally up to 25%.
- Strong computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- English required, and French or Arabic a plus.
- Experience working in Africa preferred.
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