Senior Project Management Specialist, Food Security and Agriculture

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 9 December 2019

Job Description

RTI’s Food Security and Agriculture Division within the International Development Group is seeking a Senior Project Management Specialist to provide mid to senior-level operational support and technical assistance in all aspects of home office project management and implementation, primarily for disaster response activities in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The successful candidate may be assigned to a single project or portfolio of projects and support one or more project management teams. Projects may span the disaster response, agriculture, and nutrition technical areas.

This position requires travel (both international and domestic) up to 30% and will be based in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC.

  • Provide advanced, fast-paced operational support to projects and project management teams.
  • Develop and maintain project management schedules, project work plans, and other general project management resources.
  • Support grants and procurement management and compliance.
  • Perform budget formulation, monitoring and reporting support.
  • Support cost performance monitoring and reporting.
  • Ensure accurate and compliant record keeping and administration performance.
  • Provide general project management reporting to project management teams.
  • Liaise and coordinate support services from business partners as appropriate.
  • Liaise with technical specialists in coordination of technical development and support to projects.
  • Monitor and lead correction process to ensure project documentation, deliverables and data are maintained consistently in accordance with policies and standards.
  • Take lead responsibilities on specific project phases to include Project Start Up, Close Out, managing sub-contractors, etc.
  • May engage with Project Leadership in the definition and execution of project activities and development of plans and schedules.
  • Collaborate with Project Management team to identify and manage risks.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to projects as defined by the Project Manager.
  • Perform business and proposal development needs as assigned.
  • Perform Project Manager role duties for small to mid-size project(s) per IDG PMI for part of assigned portfolio as directed.
  • Perform and/or lead business and proposal development needs of the assigned program as directed.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, natural resource management, agriculture, business administration, or other relevant field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant working experience supporting donor-funded programming or Master’s and 6 years of related work experience.
  • At least 4 years supporting USAID projects required.
  • Proficiency in Spanish required; additional proficiency in French and Portuguese a plus.
  • Experience with business development for USAID and other donor proposals strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of disaster response, agricultural development and/or nutrition preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge in project management in international development, including operational and administrational backstopping.
  • Proven ability to manage and support complex and geographically disparate portfolios.
  • Proven ability to work across technical and operational areas within business group, as well as ability to partner and influence as needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly (verbal and written).
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

About the Organization

IDG Food Security and Agriculture

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