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.
The Management Associate, Political Transitions Capture or Political Transitions Capture Manager will lead the Practice Area's capture pursuits in conjunction with the Political Transitions Practice Area Director and the Communities in Transition Business Development Director. S/he will lead capture efforts, develop and refine USAID/OTI capture methodologies and tools; train relevant staff on use of methodologies and tools; identify best practices on former and current transitions programs to contribute to successful capture and proposals; and, ensure that learning is incorporated into political transitions business development efforts. The Capture Manager will be a technical expert on the competitive landscape within the political transitions sector and inform proposal design.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Political Transitions Capture Manager will report to the Political Transitions Practice Area Director.
- Business development strategic guidance to the Political Transitions Practice Area, especially in relation to opportunity tracking and market trends;
- Technical leadership and management of capture efforts;
- Development of capture methodologies and tools for the Practice Area;
- Training, mentoring, and coaching of staff on capture methodologies and tools;
- Dynamic representation of the Practice Area before critical audiences.
The Capture Manager will manage the Practice Area’s capture efforts, adhering to corporate policies and procedures, in support of the Practice Area Director and Division Business Development Director. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop a Practice Area strategy, methodologies, and tools for capture of USAID/OTI and other political and security transition efforts, to include both programmatic and operational aspects;
- Under the Practice Area Director’s supervision, and in conjunction with the Division Business Development Director, serve as the Practice Area lead for business development;
- Lead capture efforts, including international travel for design and program development;
- Identify internal and external resources and expertise to contribute to capture and business development efforts in political and security transitions;
- Train, mentor, and coach relevant staff on capture methodologies and tools;
- Contribute substantially to proposals, including as Technical Lead or lead technical writer;
- Develop best practices from past and current transitions programming and apply to new business efforts;
- Develop enhanced methods for gathering and applying lessons learned from current and past OTI programs to incorporate into proposal design;
- Identify trends in the security transitions space that can impact Creative’s approach to tactical-level policy implementation thereby helping the PA to position itself for OTI Task Orders and OTI follow-on programs;
- In conjunction with the HR Recruitment team, identify potential field candidates and maintain the PT personnel bench;
- Inform approaches and responses to Case Studies, Key Personnel, Management, and Start up.
- B.A. or B.S. Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Business, International Relations, Political Science or a related discipline;
- A minimum of 7-8 years of professional experience working in international development;
- A minimum of two (2) years of project management/development experience with a USG implementing partner;
- Solid understanding of U.S. Government operational and contractual requirements;
- Proven experience in proposal writing and project design;
- Solid understanding of development in transitional and post-conflict environments, particularly on USAID/OTI projects, as well as understanding the constructs of a resilient state;
- Proven ability to lead and manage team efforts and manage time and workloads;
- Strong negotiation skills; and
- Excellent speaking, writing and analytical skills;
- Able and willing to travel globally up to 30%.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
- Three years of experience living and working in a conflict environment, preferably in a management role;
- Familiarity with small grants;
- Strong interpersonal skills, particularly in multi-cultural environments;
- Evaluation and/or facilitation skills; and
- Fluency in a second language strongly desired.
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