Technical Director – Architecture & Engineering

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 May 2019

Job Description

The Technical Director – Architecture and Engineering (A&E) will be responsible for ensuring technical quality in business development efforts and program management of A&E services. S/he will have strong technical relationships with donors (particularly USAID) and partners and deliver sound management and positive growth outcomes for the business.

Job Description:

The Technical Director – Architecture and Engineering (A&E) will be responsible for ensuring technical quality in business development efforts and program management of A&E services. S/he will have strong technical relationships with donors (particularly USAID) and partners and deliver sound management and positive growth outcomes for the business.

Job Responsibilities:

Business Development

  • Leads technical proposals, writes technical component­­­, conceptualizes and develops technical packets.
  • Contributes to business development by growing opportunities in new and current markets, through close collaboration with governments, private sector entities, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, donors and coalitions
  • Contributes to current and new technical services initiatives
  • Identifies new market spaces and cultivates innovative ways of working by adopting multisector approaches, and by effective partnering

Technical Leadership

  • Generates high impact innovative ideas and confidently considers and introduces new approaches to complex problems.
  • Confident in ability to take on and apply new and different solutions.
  • Anticipates trends and impact of economic and political environment on donor, partners, host governments and client expectations and feasibility of options.
  • Implements strategic direction and management to projects from a technical perspective, from lessons learned, successes, tools, best practices and cross-pollination.
  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Corporate and Financial

  • Accountable for delivery of work program and ensuring timely delivery and overall quality of technical output in a fiscally responsible manner.

People Management

  • Drive and inspire technical excellence by creating an environment of learning and innovation that attracts and develops the best talent reflective of the diversity of our clients.
  • Provide strong leadership by example, leveraging strong organizational, managerial, technical, process, and people management skills that can motivate a team.

Eminence Building

  • With VP, Technical, forge partnerships and maintain excellent relationships with government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and donors to implement the technical agenda.
  • Strong willingness to work outside of the office, specifically identifying and developing technical eminence in the field
  • Establish a community of practice in technical service line.
  • Create visibility and credibility to appropriately position Cardno as a strong leader in technical areas


Required Minimum Education

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Architecture

Preferred Minimum Education

  • Graduate degree in Engineering or Architecture with commensurate registration (such as PE) or a graduate degree in a related technical field

Required Minimum Experience

  • At least 15 years of project management experience, with a minimum of 5 years working in international development, including overseas experience, and deep experience executing US government-funded projects.

Preferred Minimum Experience

  • Experience managing IQC/IDIQ contracts

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated success leading, and executing technical strategies.
  • Technical knowledge and skills in the planning, design, procurement, construction oversight, commissioning, capacity building, or M&E in one or more of the following infrastructure sectors: water resources, water supply, wastewater, environmental, transportation, energy telecommunications and vertical structure.
  • Experience leading technical initiatives through cross-functional, matrix environments using strong program and project management tools and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to make timely and bold decisions that have broad impact across organizational boundaries and stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated success leading and managing teams.
  • Technical eminence in the A&E field, demonstrated through presentations at conferences, publications and other thought leadership pieces.
  • Demonstrated skills in practical problem solving and translating knowledge into implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience navigating varied cultural, political, and societal environments and possesses a high aptitude for working cross-culturally.
  • Demonstrated integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Cardno’s mission.
  • Proven experience working with USAID and other donors.
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the technical aspects of a proposal.
  • At least three years based overseas—Africa and/or Asia preferred.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) required.
  • Proficiency in another language desirable.


  • Ability to lead teams for successful growth and project management outcomes.
  • Ability to assume overall technical responsibility for the effective, efficient, and timely implementation of all activities under an A&E program.
  • Ability to write technical proposals and manage client relationships.
  • Ability to prioritize and solve problems.
  • Ability to manage through systems.
  • Ability to build and maintain useful and wide ranging networks of contacts at institution, country or regional level.
  • Ability to quickly understand regional/country context and local sensitivities.
  • Ability to balance speed and thoroughness even in the face of ambiguity.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with an effective range of external contacts.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively combining logic and reason with interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Physical Demands: +/-20% international travel

Equal Opportunity statement for US based applicants

Cardno has a long standing policy of Equal Opportunity in employment. Our practice is to fill positions by selecting applicants who can perform the work in a competent and professional manner. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status. At any time, if you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources.

Cardno does not accept unsolicited resumes from any 3rd party agencies. No fee will be paid to 3rd parties who submit unsolicited resumes to any Cardno employee. Resumes from approved vendors must be specifically requested by Cardno and approved by the Cardno Talent Acquisition Team

About the Organization

Cardno has a 50-year history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. Through the expertise of professionals operating in more than 100 countries, we investigate the causes of poverty and focus on improving the physical, economic and social infrastructure that sustains communities.

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