Project Associate, Climate, Natural Resources, and Water Team

RTI International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

RTI's Climate, Natural Resources, and Water (CNRW) Team supports environmental development around the world by strengthening targeted countries’ policies, management, and practices to achieve measurable impacts. RTI is currently accepting applications for the position of Project Associate to support our work in CNRW. The Project Associate will be responsible for a wide range of administrative and technical project and proposal tasks. When not working on project work, the Project Associate will work on tasks in support of RTI’s CNRW program, and in all cases, will work as a member of the CNRW team and in support of the program’s goals. This is a great way to gain entry to a career in international development! This position is to be based in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC, and will require some domestic and international travel.

• Support daily project and team activities including managing the calendars, agendas, logistics, and meeting notes for project and or technical unit meetings and events
• Maintain project files on shared drives and SharePoint
• Process consultant requests; assemble salary history documentation for rate determination by Project Managers
• Review consultant invoices and work with Accounts Payable to ensure on time payment
• Prepare requests for travel advances
• Draft approval requests for international travel
• Support engagement of subcontractors, consultants, grantees and/or other vendors by assisting with collecting necessary documentation and preparing subcontract requests
• Under supervision of Project Managers and Coordinators, create project cheat sheets/trackers with key funding, contractual, and technical information
• Work with Project Coordinators to track completed/approved deliverables across a project portfolio, especially those required for DEC and/or website, and keep lead editor and project website manager informed
• Support project staff with tracking VAT approvals and processing VAT requests 
• Assist with annual DBA calculations and international insurance reporting
• Draft approval requests for client for proposed new project staff or consultants including years of experience, qualifications, SOW, and salary as needed
• Support budget planning; consult with field offices, partners, and project team members to support improved forecasting as needed
• Support property tracking in RTI’s asset management system; work with project teams to ensure information in the system is up to date
• Perform discrete tasks on projects and or proposal development efforts under the supervision of other Project Management staff
• This position is expected to support projects 60% of the time, proposals 20%, and other tasks as required 20%


• A Bachelor’s degree in international relations, environmental, conservation, or natural resources field, with two years of related professional experience, or a Master’s degree 
• Critical thinker, able to identify issues and opportunities, provide solutions and reach consensus with multiple stakeholders
• Strong written and verbal communications skills in English
• Proven excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines under pressure
• Excellent soft skills, including strong interpersonal and communication skills, a problem-solving attitude, and being a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player

Strongly Preferred:
• Experience supporting the development of proposals, particularly for USAID
• Language skills in Spanish or French
• Prior experience working, studying, or traveling in developing countries

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