Project Overview and Role:
The role encompasses business development and technical delivery on projects, principally financed by USAID, that have objectives related to economic growth, competitiveness, private sector development, trade and investment, finance, agriculture/food security, resilience, and market system development.
The role reports to the Vice President, Economic Growth and Governance of the Americas Business Unit of Palladium International LLC.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Identify, assess, and lead positioning and teaming for new business opportunities;
- Serve as capture manager (responsible for technical direction, teaming, staffing, and budgeting) for proposals in conjunction with technical writers, recruiters, proposal coordinator, pricing manager, and other team members;
- Serve as lead writer and/or capture manager of technical proposals drawing upon economic growth/trade/investment/policy reform as applied to specific country contexts;
- Facilitate storyboarding sessions and set overall win themes and technical approaches that guide other members of proposal teams;
- Conduct short-term technical assignments on topics such as trade policy and trade facilitation, policy reform, business environment, institutional development and governance, among other relevant topics;
- Lead the design and technical direction of international development projects for USAID and other international donors;
- Maintain strong and mutually respectful relationships with partners and consultants that can provide technical expertise to Palladium-managed projects;
- Provide thought leadership (writing blogs and white papers, conducting speaking engagements, etc.) and work with others to promote and market Palladium's technical capability;
- Serve as Project Director on one or more USAID field or HQ projects;
- For assigned portfolio projects, interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review, and report on projects as needed and requested;
- Provide support to project work planning, budgeting, and progress/financial reporting;
- Provide technical support to projects as required;
- Manage partner organizations (such as subcontractors) on the contractually compliant delivery of agreed inputs and achievement of agreed outputs and outcomes.
- The role reports to the America’s Regional Partnership through the Vice President, Economic Growth and Governance.
- The role will work with all parts of the company and will actively support and collaborate with the Business Units, other
- Practice Areas and the Corporate Services.
- The role will actively build and maintain client and consultant relationships.
- The role carries a high degree of autonomy with appropriate consultation where applicable.
- The role will be required to manage, analyze and make sound recommendations to the Vice President, Economic Growth and Governance and potentially to others within and outside of the practice, as requested.
- The role will be responsible for the effective management of direct reports in the practice in accordance with all company policies and procedures.
Key competencies required:
- Fluency in English.
- Current and up-to-date understanding of USAID programs and policies.
- Broad and deep familiarity with developing country contexts.
- Substantial project management training and experience.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Experience conceptualizing and writing successful bid proposals.
- Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyze financial reports.
- Sound problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Professional expertise preferred:
- Master’s degree in economics, international development, business, or another relevant field.
- Extensive relevant work experience in several or all of the following topics: private sector development, competitiveness, finance, trade, investment, market system development, and agriculture/food security/resilience.
- Extensive client project management experience with government clients, and/or business development experience.
- Experience working in a developing country or in a project-based environment.
- Proficiency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, or Arabic.