Project Manager, Stabilization and Development

Creative Associates International, Washington, United States

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st March, 2018

Job Description

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. 

Position Summary:

The temporary Project Manager will support two State Department funded programs operating in the Middle East and contribute to at least one anticipated proposal for a State Department program along with other business development.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Temporary Project Manager will report to the Regional Director and Technical Manager.

Expected Outcomes:

Proposal inputs:

  • Completed Executive Summary, Technical Narrative, Intermediate Results (IR) sections;
  • Draft of country context subsection (e.g., background, coordinating projects) describing the current situation and outlining proposed interventions and technical strategies;
  • Draft of annotated outline;
  • Proposal draft Technical Approach section;
  • Developed Work Plan.

Project Management:

  • Completion of all contractual requirements and deliverables;
  • Review of project documents such as Activity Sheets, POAs, to Consultant Agreements to ensure compliance with Creative and donor policies;
  • Proposed solutions for ad hoc issues that arise based on program need, and compliance requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Review Draft and Final Proposal Solicitations and advise proposal team on areas of uncertainty requiring clarification from State Department;
  • Review background materials and meeting notes from design sessions, and collect technical inputs from field staff to include in proposal;
  • Participate in technical meetings, design sessions, and proposal reviews;
  • Identify missing information and communicate regularly with Technical Lead;
  • Conduct research and provide insight into current context and issues in design sessions;
  • Provide recommendations on how to enhance programs in order to strategically address current context;
  • Identify and recommend methods for coordinating across existing projects;
  • Provide quality control with editing and proofreading over the written product throughout the review process; and
  • Support for additional business development as needed.

Program Management Support:

  • Serve as a DC-point of contact for the field Program Manager and Chief of Party and provide day-to-day support to the project field team, ensuring completion of all required tasks under the contract.
  • Ensure completion and submission of all project deliverables, and ensure all deliverables meet Creative’s quality and technical standards.
  • Liaise with Field Operations, Procurement, Human Resources, Finance, and Contracts Units to ensure Creative procedures and practices are instituted and utilized throughout the life of the program.
  • Liaise with donor representatives as needed, and respond to donor requests for program information;
  • Prepare and/or review Activity Sheets, POAs, Consultant Agreements and other documents that require HQ approval;
  • Support development of cost and no-cost extension budgets, and budget realignments as necessary;
  • Collaborate with the project staff in the field on programmatic tracking and payment issues as needed; and
  • Support for other Creative programs as needed.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 4 years of experience in project management or backstopping international development programs;
  • Experience designing and tracking budgets;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, including experience preparing proposals or reports for clients;
  • Experience working with and managing a diverse staff;
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills;
  • Experience living in conflict or other high-stress locations;
  • Experience with international programs funded by the US Government, United Nations, World Bank, or similar organization; and
  • Solid understanding of client regulations and procedures.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree;
  • Arabic or Turkish language skills are a plus, but not required.


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