Are you chief-of-party material?

The responsibilities and challenges of managing a large project aren’t for everyone. But leading a team isn’t an opportunity you should pass up if given the chance, shared Benjamin Piper, chief of party and education team lead for RTI International in Kenya.

“I wouldn’t have even said it was for me a few years ago,” Piper said of his current role leading Kenya-PRIMR, an education research project.

But Piper, who has a background in research and statistics, said he was able to provide technical and budget support for several small research studies. In doing so, showed he could carefully manage several small budgets.

You won’t be trusted to manage a $20 million dollar a year project unless you can first show you are capable of managing a smaller project, maybe $100,000, he said.

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.