Creative seeks a Senior Program Associate for the Economic Growth Division. The Senior Program Associate (SPA) works under regular supervision and performs a variety of responsible, specialized assignments with a project implementation focus. The Senior Program Associate serves as a member of the HQ-based team, traveling internationally for field projects and reconnaissance activities and contributing to the successful and compliant implementation of assigned projects. The Senior Program Associate serves as a primary financial, contractual, and program backstop for project field teams. This position works with Project Managers, Senior Project Managers and Project Directors to solve potential problems using professional project management skillsets. The Senior Program Associate provides operational, research and logistical support to project staff and consultants, and contributes to drafting of relevant programmatic documents and reports. As part of the HQ team, the Senior Program Associate works closely with field teams, and, as needed, contributes to technical aspects of program design and implementation. The Senior Program Associate is also engaged in business development and proposal activities.
Reporting & Supervision:
Senior Program Associates report to Project Managers or Senior Project Managers and may have a dotted line to a Project Director.
SPAs support project teams in all facets of project ramp-ups, implementation and closedown, contributing to meeting contractual obligations and fiscal targets in line with client and Creative’s administrative, financial, procurement and operational procedures. Creative projects are well-planned and human resource deployments, STTA, procurements are timely and effectively supported by HQ. Project staffing, project obligations, and reporting meet anticipated levels and high-quality standards and develop others’ knowledge and learning. SPAs keep senior project leadership abreast of significant threats, project implementation deficiencies and opportunities.
Projects meet performance targets and revenue projections based on hands-on project and financial management skills where SPAs proactively manage vacancies, non-billables, and foregone revenue. Projects requiring important course corrections or corporate support are elevated to senior management.
Junior project staff are tangibly supported technically and professionally; their professional objectives and personal needs are well understood, as are those of key staff in the field. Contributions to meaningful, constructive and timely performance reviews of junior project staff is key. Projects honor all aspects of programmatic and fiscal compliance and SPAs work diligently to identify opportunities to enhance HQ and field coordination and communication.
New Business Development
SPAs make contributions to proposal development and business development efforts. Creative projects demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and seize opportunities in the local marketplace and pave the way for the realization of new business opportunities. SPAs help Creative’s visibility before stakeholders. Specific new business pursuits are well planned and timely executed.
Learning & Adaptation
SPAs assist in the development of project strategy and program/project implementation from concept to closure. Projects have explicitly defined learning agendas, M&E and Knowledge Management (KM) plans that track progress towards learning, and course corrections that are informed by data. Project information, interventions and innovations are synthesized, shared, tracked and managed within KM plans. Learning events (i.e., Knowledge Share) capture salient programmatic aspects with potential for replication or scale up. Salient activities are celebrated and promoted through Creative’s Communications Department.
Minimum Skills & Qualifications:
Completion of Trainings
Desired Skills and Qualifications
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