Director / Senior Director, Project Delivery Team

Development Alternatives   •  

Bethesda, MD

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


11 - 15 years

Posted 63 days ago

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2. New Business

Significantly contributes to the development and implementation of the geography's New Business strategy. Throughout the year, pre-positions, researches, champions, writes, manages and/or participates on proposal teams.


3. Technical

Ensures that the proper resources, support and guidance are provided through the home office project team to the COP and field team to enable the project to deliver quality technical and financial results, and that activities and funds are designed and expended to meet overall project objectives and contract deliverables. Establishes and nurtures collaborative relationships with the COP and the client in the field. Serves as a sounding board for the COP on strategic project decisions. Leads Knowledge Management for their portfolio and Africa region: Engages DAI Technical Services Team to assist in capturing technical achievements, lessons learned, best practices, etc. Encourages cross-project learning with Technical Services and throughout Africa to deepen development solutions that are locally relevant, successful, and sustainable. Provides STTA and New Business support to projects or geographies within the Director’s technical area of expertise. Attends and presents at conferences or working groups as required. Engages in on-going strategic recruitment efforts and as needed in project level recruitment in support of STTA and LTTA vacancies.


4. Project Management

Participates in Quarterly Project Reviews (QPR) on technical and financial project performance. Responsible for monitoring client satisfaction (minimum of 2 calls/meetings annually with COR) and works with the COP and Project Manager to develop corrective action plans, as needed.  Promotes exceptional client service with home office staff and field teams. Communicates critical home office initiatives to COP. Engages Human Resources on field and PDT personnel issues as needed. Capacity and experience to serve as start-up or close-down team leader or Acting COP.


5. Contract Management

Reviews and approves all budget realignments, contract modifications, subcontractor SOW or ceiling modifications, key personnel approvals and changes. Reviews and approves Statements of Work for subcontracts and advises on technical issues for all US based subcontractors and partners.


6. Financial Management

Responsible for ensuring projects are within budget and meet financial performance targets.  Works with team to strategize how to address financial issues.  Ensures that Project Manager and COP have identified associated risks and are taking appropriate steps to address issues to mitigate the risks (e.g., staff vacancies, missed targets, high Non-Billables (NB), etc.). Participates in monthly financial reviews. Reviews technical justification and seeks Managing Director (MD) approval for "At Risk" Requests in line with SOA. Reviews quarterly ETC projections and ensures projections are reasonable/achievable. Works with team to strategize how to address shortfalls.


7. Geography/Cross-DAI Support

Provides short-term coverage for travelling Managers or Managers performing proposal management responsibilities.


8. Staff Management

Supervises and mentors two or more Project Managers and two or more COPs and understands and supports their personal development/growth objectives. Conducts performance reviews and goal setting meetings. Responsible for ensuring all members of the Project Delivery Team (PDT) have the required training as per the Learning Plan, skills, and support to successfully carry out their SOWs.  Encourages learning and knowledge sharing across USG, the geography, and the directorate. Oversees the hiring process for all members of the PDT.


Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 12 : Minimum of 13 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree; or 11 years of experience and a Master’s degree; or 9 years of experience and a PhD.
  • Grade 13 : Minimum of 17 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree; or 15years of experience and a Master’s degree; or 13 years and a PhD.
  • Knowledge of USAID Programs and Regulations.
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large complex projects.
  • Business Development experience (prior experience with Proposal Management, Championing or Writing USAID proposals). 



  • Advanced professional proficiency in French.
  • Experience in providing technical and financial oversight to large projects.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in client management
  • Strategic thinker and decisive evidence based decision making skills.
  • Experience in relevant technical area such as Feed the Future, economic development and enterprise and investment led growth and competitiveness
  • Field experience.
  • Experience with strategic recruitment.