Technical Director, Architecture & Engineering

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 June 2019

Job Description

Cardno Emerging Markets is seeking a Technical Director for our Architecture & Engineering group in our Communities, Infrastructure, & Environment practice unit. The Technical Director 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 Responsibilites

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 area.


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

About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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