Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance 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.
Creative seeks a Senior Project Manager to provide HQ-based management of and support to the USAID-funded West Africa Partnerships for Peace Program (P4P). The five-year program partners and consults with stakeholders at the regional, national, and sub-national level across several West African countries, to develop a shared foundational understanding of counter violent extremism (CVE) in the region. The findings will improve institutional capacity of organizations and governments to implement more effective and coordinated CVE approaches.
The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for guiding activities through work plans from concept to closure, working with and through multiple teams and ensuring continued coordination and collaboration between HQ and the field. The Senior Project Manager travels internationally for field projects and reconnaissance activities and contributes to the successful and compliant implementation of assigned projects. The Senior Project Manager drafts relevant programmatic documents and reports; coordinates operational, research, and logistical support to project staff and consultants. As part of the HQ team, the Senior Project Manager works closely with field teams and contributes to technical aspects of program design and implementation, as well as business development and proposal activities.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Senior Project Manager reports to the Political Transitions Practice Area Director and manages junior staff.
- Supports project activity development, implementation, tracking, and disbursements;
- Oversees implementation of approved activities, monitor timelines, track budgets, support subcontract development, resolve issues, and ensure successful project startups and closedowns;
- Reviews and recommends improvements to project management processes;
- Backstops field projects on technical, financial, and administrative tasks, as assigned;
- Supports key field personnel; may coordinate mobilizations and demobilizations;
- Develops and monitors consultant agreements, assures coordination of travel and logistics, and oversees the facilitation of payment requests; may handle grants management activities, as needed;
- Oversees the processing of project-related documentation including invoices, ensuring program files and transactions are compliant, properly documented, and organized;
- Prepares, tracks and realigns project budgets and subcontractor budgets;
- Oversees contractual requests to the Contracting Officer for all travel approvals;
- Contributes to weekly and monthly reports, project success stories, and other deliverables;
- Monitors the implementation of contract requirements, deliverables, and budgets;
- Develops and maintains strong working relationships with partner and/or donor organizations;
- Works closely with support divisions in HQ including HR, Contracts, Procurement, Field Operations, Communications, and Finance to support complex project needs as they arise;
- Actively works with business development on proposals; and
- Takes a lead role in planning reconnaissance and fact-finding trips in preparation for bids.
- Master’s degree in a study relevant to CVE, M&E, international relations, public administration or a related field;
- Experienced project manager/director with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing) preferably those funded by USAID;
- Extensive knowledge of CVE theory and CVE program implementation;
- Fluency speaking, reading and writing in English and French;
- Experience supervising the work of junior staff members;
- Experience with providing contractual oversight of USAID-funded contracts, and extension knowledge of US government regulations including CFAR, FAR, AIDAR, ADS and OMB circulars;
- Experience supporting multi-national team/s and demonstrated ability in strengthening team cohesion through collective action and individual initiatives, involving facilitation of multi-stakeholder consensus;
- Experience in writing reports and developing and monitoring proposal and project budgets;
- Experience in procuring goods and services and working with consultants and vendors;
- Strong writing and editing skills; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills;
- Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines; ability to travel internationally on short notice; and
- Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft programs (Excel, PowerPoint, MS project, etc.).
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
- Previous professional experience in West Africa.
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