RTI’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, and other donors and clients.
RTI is currently accepting applications for the position
of Senior Project Coordinator to support our work in international
education. Working closely with other project management team members, the
Senior Project Coordinator provides operational and coordination support
to projects and project management teams within RTI’s International Education
Division. The position will be based in Research Triangle Park, NC or
Washington, DC and will require international travel.
The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of USAID and/or DFID
rules and regulations, and will be able to provide operational support to large
international development activities. The successful candidate will be expected
to have an exceptional ability to plan and organize work, develop tools,
prepare and summarize reports and other materials, and follow through on agreed
upon actions, while maintaining a positive and productive attitude with other
team members in a fast-paced and demanding environment. S/he must be a
strong communicator, be energetic and show initiative, demonstrate a
willingness to take on challenges, while at the same time appreciating the
scope of the position and his/her role within the team.
This position is responsible for a wide range of administrative,
financial, coordination, and operational project and proposal support tasks,
with expectation for growth in technical and proposal work areas.
Specific responsibilities will include:
- Supporting all phases of
project implementation, from project start-up to close out with a focus on
operational and financial tasks.
- Developing and
maintaining project management schedules, work plans, and other general project
management resources and tools, in collaboration with field and home office
- Establishing and
maintaining financial tracking tools and project budgets, monitoring expenses on
a monthly basis and helping to design and implement strategies that address
financial performance issues and help to identify risk. Rebudgeting of projects
within contractual constraints may be required from time to time.
- Review monthly
expenditures for projects to ensure contractual compliance, and ensure invoices
are submitted to the client on time.
- Supporting the
recruitment and onboarding of project staff and other human resources
processes, including the identification of short-term technical assistance
needs and resources.
- Preparing travel and
consultant approval requests, information for contract modification requests,
and other actions for submission to clients.
- Supporting the
contracting and monitoring of subcontractors and consultants, reviewing
invoices; modifying contracts when needed; ensuring payments are made in a
- Participating in
procurement processes and ensuring compliance.
- Liaising and
coordinating support services from RTI business partners and regional offices.
completed/approved deliverables, especially those required for USAID’s
Development Experience Clearinghouse and RTI managed websites.
- Ensuring accurate and
compliant record keeping; monitoring and leading any correction process
required to ensure project documentation, deliverables and data are maintained
consistently in accordance with policies and standards.
- Providing general
reporting to project management teams.
- As appropriate and
identified by senior project staff, directly providing technical assistance and
support to projects.
- Supporting business and
proposal development as assigned; this may include reviewing proposal budgets
and do crosswalks of budgets and technical volume of proposals, as well as
supporting other aspects of business development.
- Performing other duties
position is expected to support projects approximately 70% of the time,
proposals 15%, and other tasks as required 15%.
- A Master’s degree in
education or a relevant social science with six years related professional
experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree in education or relevant social science with
10 years of relevant work experience.
- Experience in donor-funded work on
project administration for USAID and/or DFID. Strong knowledge of USAID rules
and regulations. Experience with proposal development a plus.
- Experience in direct or indirect
field management preferred.
- Outstanding critical thinking
skills and proven ability to identify issues and opportunities, provide
solutions, and build consensus among multiple stakeholders.
- Proven ability to interact
effectively with team members, partners and donors.
- Proven excellent interpersonal and
communication (oral and written) skills.
- Proven excellent organizational
skills and attention to detail.
- Advanced budgeting, financial
analysis and spreadsheet skills; strong Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
- Ability to work in a fast-paced
environment and meet deadlines under pressure, being a self-starter who
works both independently and as a collaborative team player.
- Language skills in French, Arabic
or Spanish highly desirable.
- Course work or certification in
project management highly desirable.
- Prior experience working,
studying, or traveling in developing countries highly desirable.