Position: Project Manager
Location: Washington DC (remote possible)
Status: Full-time, Exempt. Short-term contract (six months).
LINC is a small business, headquartered in Washington DC, dedicated to strengthening local actors and systems. At LINC, we believe that a practical approach to engaging committed, capable local actors, increases international development effectiveness and sustainability. Awarded USAID’s “Small Business of the Year” distinction in 2017, we are a team of reflective practitioners, passionate and energetic in our work, and committed to locally led development. We partner with major universities, foundations, local NGOs, consulting firms, and international cooperation agencies, like USAID. Our country experience spans Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. For more information on LINC, please visit www.linclocal.org
LINC’s programs portfolio is rapidly growing and we plan to bolster our team during a particularly busy period by adding a Project Manager on a short-term (six month) contract. Depending on future awards, this position may transition into a permanent hire, and the incumbent should therefore be available and interested to transition into a permanent hire, if offered.
The Project Manager will provide management and operational support to LINC’s portfolio of projects. As a member of the Project Management Unit (PMU), the Project Manager manages operational, financial, and administrative aspects of projects. The Project Manager will oversee and execute the backstopping of multiple concurrent projects, working with project teams to ensure timely, high-quality implementation, results reporting, invoicing, and payment.
As a member of the PMU, the Project Manager is expected to both support and/or serve as lead of project teams, as assigned by the Senior Program Director. The Project Manager should exhibit strong communications skills and managerial potential, in addition to having a strong foundation in donor-funded project management, program cycle, finance, and operational requirements. This should include demonstrated skills in program and financial reporting and M&E. The Project Manager will be expected to coordinate extensively with project team members, including LINC’s Technical Support Unit (TSU), PMU, field staff, and consultants. The Project Manager may also be asked to support LINC’s business development efforts. The Project Manager should be able to travel internationally approximately 10%, contingent upon in-country health conditions and travel restrictions.
The Project Manager will support and lead project teams as delegated by the Senior Program Director. The Project Manager will report to the Senior Program Director.
LINC’s dynamic environment requires the successful candidate to be capable of managing multiple projects and their operational, reporting, and delivery requirements simultaneously. The Project Manager should have well-honed communications and management skills and be flexible enough to undertake a number of program management and support functions as needed. The Project Manager will also ideally be able to support discrete business development tasks.
- Management and operational support to multiple concurrent project activities in the form of project lead and/or PMU support.
- Tracking and supporting progress of multiple concurrent donor-funded projects, ensuring that deliverables are met on-time and to-specification.
- Coordination with project team members to ensure timely preparation of periodic reporting documentation, including program and financial reports, success stories, communications materials.
- Supporting measurement, documentation and assessment of project-level monitoring, evaluation and learning, if and as applicable on a project-by-project basis.
- Travel to program field locations to support program management, new program start-up, or other needs, as appropriate.
- Oversee agreements with sub-partners, monitoring sub performance, collecting and reviewing progress reporting; participate in or contribute negotiations of sub-partner agreements or change orders.
- Oversee agreements with consultants.
- Proactive identification of issues or delays facing project implementation and the means to address them.
- Keep communications team up-to-date on upcoming noteworthy activities and provide background/content for internal and external communications efforts as appropriate; and
- Manage and ensure compliance of contract and grant agreements with donors in consultation with finance/operations team as needed.
Program financial management:
- Prepare project budgets and oversee on-going expenditure tracking for assigned projects.
- Conduct Quarterly Project Reviews in coordination with LINC’s finance/operations team.
- Work with finance/operations team on preparation, review, and submission of project invoices and financial reporting documentation.
- Oversee collection of invoices and financial reports from sub-partners, vendors and consultants associated with project activities.
- Develop project spending pipelines.
- Support discrete business development tasks including, but not limited to, recruiting and interviewing candidates, formatting CVs, authoring proposals sections, collecting pricing information, and supporting budget development.
- Other tasks as may be assigned.
Skills and Qualifications
LINC is a small, growing business that encourages proactive, flexible, and team-oriented staff to thrive and grow with us. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, team-oriented international development professional with excellent organizational and communications skills, technical and/or management experience in the areas in which LINC works, and a passion for improving the effectiveness of social change efforts around the world. Specific qualifications include:
- Undergraduate degree in international development, social sciences, public administration, business administration or related field.
- 3-5 years of professional experience managing/backstopping donor-funded projects, including ones funded by USAID.
- Experience in preparing and reviewing both program and financial reporting documentation.
- Experience supporting business development efforts, including capture and proposal development.
- Demonstrated understanding of financial, administrative, and compliance requirements of donor-funded projects.
- Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
- Demonstrated communication and coordination skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and within deadlines.
- Interest and availability to transition this short-term contract into a permanent hire, depending on LINC’s future awards.
Additional desired skills and qualifications include:
- Experience living and/or working in low income countries.
- Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Arabic.
- Advanced degree.
Please send resume/CV to email@example.com with the subject line “Project Manager”. All applications will be reviewed, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC LLC is an equal opportunity employer.