Chemonics seeks a Project Management Director to support the anticipated Honduras Quality Reading Materials Activity (QRMA) in the Global Health Supply Chain Office (GHSCO). This is a senior management position responsible for direction in the following areas for the regional Business Unit (RBU): project management, technical capacity, new business, and management and leadership. The director operates at advanced levels of authority and accountability for achieving results. The director provides staff development and supervision, operates in leadership roles and provides technical assistance for one or more projects, new business development, and/or technical assignments.
The Quality Reading Materials Activity is a $8-10M, 3-year RFTOP which aims to increase the availability of quality reading materials for first to sixth grade students and teachers, in target schools, by strengthening the Ministry of Education (MOE) stewardship for supplying quality learning materials for reading instruction to schools. Please note this position is contingent upon successful award of the project .
- Develops effective and collaborative working relationships with clients, counterparts and stakeholders and continually promotes outstanding client service with home office staff and field teams.
- Plans and directs home office and field technical activities for project start up, briefing the field team on the contract proposal and award process with special emphasis on the technical approach strategy and resulting initial work plan.
- Closely collaborates with the SVP to discuss options and recommendations on the moving forward with the project(s) direction.
- In collaboration with Chief Of Party (COP), develops and supervises implementation of strategies to optimize contract profitability and reduce cost overruns. Supervises contract financial performance and budget management, oversees project closeouts and final report preparation, and ensures prompt resolution of implementation issues.
- Conducts regular supervisory field office visits to assess the status of project activities or to participate in technical or evaluation work. Assumes role of acting COP as necessary.
- Applies in-depth technical expertise to projects’ technical goals and objectives, new business efforts, and Chemonics knowledge base. Conceptualizes and leads or supervises technical assignments.
- Advances body of knowledge and quality standards in primary discipline and practice networks. Formulates interdisciplinary approaches to guide project work, new business efforts, and technical assignments, and advises clients on technical trends and programming priorities.
- Participates in activities to build a strong knowledge culture by sharing best practices and important innovations through practice networks and knowledge management systems.
- Leads in proposal development efforts including analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage. Generally assumes role of proposal czar or technical writer, providing vision and leadership to proposal teams, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices throughout the entire proposal process.
- Supports the company’s new business by analyzing funding trends and priorities, formulating strategies, conducting periodic travel to explore new business opportunities, representing Chemonics, and/or gathering information to write a technical proposal. Interacts with key client and counterpart staff to strategically influence new programming decisions, and develops and negotiates strategic partnerships with local firms.
- Supervises the COP and Project Management Unit staff.
- Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback and prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competency areas. Promotes staff development through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating professional growth opportunities.
- Fosters and demonstrates a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, fostering innovation and exceeding expectations.
- Performs additional duties and responsibilities as required by the immediate supervisor, such as special task forces.
- Minimum 8 years of project management, or technically relevant work experience.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s/PhD preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in relevant technical competency area.
- Spanish language proficiency required.
- Field experience leading or serving in a management role on a USAID project preferred.
- Ability to solve complex technical, managerial or operational problems and evaluate options based on relevant information, resources, well-rounded experience, and knowledge.
- Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets and resources to produce and take responsibility for results.
- Ability to problem solve and develop solutions independently and lead teams efficiently and effectively with guidance and recommendations from SVP.
- Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year; experience living or working in developing countries, preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and lead presentations, training courses, and effective meetings.
- Strong knowledge of MS Office applications.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, remote staff and other initiatives.
- Knowledge of company’s main client and its operations preferred.
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