United States of America: Senior Project Manager for Latin America, Arlington, VA

Organization: Management Systems International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 04 Mar 2017

Senior Project Manager for Latin America, Arlington, VA

Company Profile: MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI implements nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with more than 80 organizations across all sectors of international development with clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project Summary: **
MSI is recruiting a senior project manager to handle USAID field-based projects in the Latin America region.

Position Summary:
The senior project manager will oversee financial, administrative and compliance aspects of projects of considerable cost and/or technical complexity. She/he will possess specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience to use independent judgment in the performance of their duties and be capable of carrying out work with little guidance or supervision. This individual is a self-starter: bright, motivated and dynamic. Additionally, this position requires proven experience and knowledge of USAID ADS, AIDAR and business practices. This position will also supervise the project manager(s).


  • Responsible for contractual and/or financial management of large international projects.
  • Recruitment of consultants and staff.
  • Assist in development of procedures, policies, recordkeeping, and duties as required related to overall administration of projects, including procurement, grants and preparation of consultant agreements in both Spanish and English.
  • Work with other departments, public agencies, subcontractors, and independent consultants on the implementation of complex project tasks, programming, and other activities for assigned projects.
  • Participate in, or manage the selection, hiring, and development of project staff.
  • Act as the representative in assisting consultants.
  • Plan, prepare and communicate schedules and progress records of projects’ activities and expenditures, and assist others in establishing project schedules and milestones.
  • Develop critical path or project flow diagrams to plan, set and evaluate progress on project tasks.
  • Establish systems for efficient management of subcontractor activities.
  • Review, analyze, and prepare reports and other correspondence on all activities and transactions related to assigned tasks, and provide timely information and status updates on assigned tasks.
  • Prepare and present comprehensive administrative, fiscal, statistical and technical studies, reports, evaluations, specifications and correspondence as required.
  • Supervises the project management team.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • Minimum of 6-10 years of experience in project management type functions.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, international development, or other field required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrable Experience in, USAID contracting, grants and cost-share, USAID ADS, FAR, AIDAR and other USG international regulations.
  • Knowledge of project management procedures for planning and processing international development projects, and for establishing plans, specifications, monitoring and management of the development projects.
  • Experience leading cost estimating and tracking and scheduling for international development projects.
  • Advanced experience with MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Skilled in the principles and practices of personnel supervision and management.
  • Skilled in the recruitment of technical consultants.
  • Ability to work as part of a project team.
  • Proficiency in Spanish.

Ability to:

  • Keep complex projects on schedule and within budget.
  • Coordinate and supervise complex international development projects.
  • Accurately analyze situations and problems relating to complex projects, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement an effective course of action in accordance with general policy and pertinent codes and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing assigned responsibilities.
  • Read and interpret highly complex written material such as technical reports, contracts, and federal regulations.
  • Prepare contract documents for professional services and projects and monitor performance.
  • Utilize all commonly used project management software and project record systems.
  • Supervise and train assigned staff.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com


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