United States of America: Principal Project Specialist – International Development

Organization: American Institutes for Research
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Apr 2018


American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change. We are currently seeking a Principal Project Specialist for our International Development Team. The position is a home office position, based in AIR’s North Bethesda office.


• Program leadership, management, administrative, and technical support to USAID-funded reading projects in Latin America
• Design and develop annual project workplan
• Be main point of contact with the client and within AIR for the project; carry our representational functions and coordinate with related initiatives
• Track portfolio against project timelines, budget, objectives, and deliverables
• Design and implement specific program activities
• Develop and monitor budgets and ensure accountability of all project activities
• Oversee the implementation of sub awards with multiple grantees
• Ensure compliance in field projects with host country laws, including labor policies, tax reporting and regulations
• Liaise closely with field staff to integrate project management and technical oversight in support of effective program delivery
• Monitor project management staff performance, including performance reviews
• Provide training and development opportunities and serve in mentoring role for direct reports
• Manage the selection, hiring, and development of new project staff and project management team members
• Review and provide oversight on financial and administrative reports and other correspondence on activities and transactions related to projects in his/her portfolio
• Support proposal development by conducting reconnaissance trips, writing sections of proposals, reviewing and editing, and other duties as assigned


• The successful candidate will have experience in pedagogy, teacher training, instructional materials, and/or policy in both domestic and developing countries
• Master’s degree, or higher, in a discipline related to education, business management or international development preferred
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in project management functions
• Demonstrable experience in managing USAID contracts, cooperative agreements, and/or grants, along with knowledge of 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 managing the administration of education projects
• Demonstrated experience leading and mentoring junior staff and conducting internal training
• Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multi-task, and ability to work under and adhere to tight deadlines
• Excellent cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills; ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into a form easily comprehensible to non-technical audiences
• Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; must be a team player and demonstrate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in dealing with diverse audiences
• Fluency in Spanish is required, proficiency in French desired
• Ability to travel (up to 15 percent time)

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