This position can be based in Washington, DC; Yarmouth, MA or East Coast remote
Staff in the office work a hybrid schedule with 2 days/week in the office
The Project Technical and Budget Design Manager is an integral member of the IFAW Program Impact & Operations team and will have global responsibilities. The Manager will work in close coordination with teams in Programs and Fundraising, particularly Institutional Giving for restricted funding, to support integrated technical and financial proposal and project development (and management). The Manager will provide oversight and direct support for the development of new projects and campaigns as well as complex concept pieces, with significant focus on financial components to support IFAW’s large planning efforts globally, but with emphasis in the Africa and Asia geographies. The position will report to the Deputy Vice-President, Program Impact & Operations, and serve cross-functionally.
Role and Responsibilities
- Participates in proposal planning and project design meetings to support alignment among the technical design, partner responsibilities, monitoring and evaluation plan, and cost strategies to ensure that all activities and functions necessary for project efficacy are properly captured in the budget.
- In close coordination with the proposal team, reviews budget templates to ensure organizational considerations, compliance with donor requirements as well as ensure all costs related to the proposal are captured in the budget.
- Coordinates with the Institutional Giving team to provide holistic reviews of supporting documentation for proposal submissions, including technical and budget narratives, log frames, qualification summaries, certifications, partner information and past performance.
- In the post-award stage, provide support to proposal teams as needed with revisions and negotiations up until the official award.
- Participates in budget negotiations with partner organizations in coordination with technical leads and other proposal team members.
- In collaboration with Programs, Communications, and Development teams, leads the development and management of a central repository that generates a pipeline of project ideas into submission-ready funding proposals and concept pieces.
- Develops capacity-building material on best-practice proposal and project budget design, especially for large scale projects, and applies it to train IFAW project staff and external partners.
- Conducting research on, developing and applying best-practice project design standards, including for ensuring technical feasibility, risk assessment, sustainability and exit strategy.
- Capacity building of IFAW project staff on best practices for project design standards.
- Develops and provides guidance for projects on spending forecasts, based on planned project activities, to ensure timely spending and project efficiency.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Two (2) to Four (4) years’ experience with an advanced degree or equivalent of progressive work experience in international relations/development, economics, finance, business or an appropriately related field preferred, and familiarity with conservation or human development project design. Certification such as CGMA, CPA, or other related certifications a plus.
- Track record of developing large bilateral and/or multilateral funded projects, preferably with private sector components. Proven success to create compliant, competitive proposal budgets and compelling budget justifications for diverse donors, including with governments and institutions such as USAID, EU, GEF, GIZ.
- Excellent budgeting skills, including the ability to work with technical leads to build accurate cost proposals. Experience with multiple currencies a plus.
- Working knowledge of conservation, environmental and/or human development fields to collaborate with technical experts in these areas.
- Ability to produce effectively and accurately while managing multiple priorities and often competing deadlines.
- Must possess excellent analytical skills and strong attention to detail.
- Ability to think critically and proactively respond to work requests, as well as demonstrate problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teams across cultures and multiple time zones to achieve stated goals. Requires effective communication, listening, presentation and training skills.
- Proficient with the Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Teams, Word) and database management, with advance experience with Excel.
- Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative data research, interpreting and analysis; create data visualization and reports.
- International experience preferred. Occasional travel may be required.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Foreign language capabilities a plus.
At IFAW, we aim to create and foster a workforce that reflects and contributes to the diverse, global community in which we work to improve the lives of both animals and people. We are dedicated to fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion so we actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Comprehensive benefits including 4+ weeks of vacation and 401K matching program
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