Project Coordinator, Food Security and Agriculture

RTI International - Washington, DC3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $52,000 - $69,000 a year
RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute providing research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. The Food Security and Agriculture (FS&Ag) Division within the International Development Group is seeking a Project Associate to support our work in Food Security & Agriculture, primarily on the USAID Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment, and Livelihoods (GEEL) project. The Project Coordinator will support the program, and in all cases will work as a member of the FS&Ag team and in support of the program’s goals.

This position is to be based in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC with strong preference given to Washington DC. Position requires international travel to Somalia up to 25%.

Provide advanced operational support to projects and project management teams.
Develop and maintain project management schedules, project work plans, and other general project management resources.
Perform budget formulation, monitoring and reporting support.
Support cost performance monitoring and reporting.
Ensure accurate and compliant record keeping and administration performance.
Provide general project management reporting to project management teams.
Liaise and coordinate support services from business partners as appropriate.
Liaise with technical specialists in coordination of technical development and support to projects.
Monitor and lead correction process to ensure project documentation, deliverables and data are maintained consistently in accordance with policies and standards.
Take lead responsibilities on specific project phases to include Project Start Up, Close Out, managing sub-contractors, etc.
May engage with Project Leadership in the definition and execution of project activities and development of plans and schedules.
Collaborate with Project Management team to identify and manage risks.
Provide technical assistance and support to projects as defined by the Project Manager.
Support conference planning and logistics
Perform business and proposal development needs as assigned.
May perform Project Manager role per IDG PMI for part of assigned portfolio as directed.
Perform business and proposal development needs of the assigned program as directed.
Perform other Program and project duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree in international development or related field and 6 years of related work experience; or Master’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 3 years of related work experience.
Experience supporting the proposal development for donor-funded projects, particularly USAID, strongly desired.
Advanced proficiency in administrative and operational support skills and abilities supporting international development programming with at least 1 year of USAID experience required.
Prior experience working, studying, or traveling in developing countries a plus.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines under pressure.
Demonstrated critical thinking, as well as ability to identify issues and opportunities, provide solutions, and reach consensus with multiple stakeholders.
Excellent soft skills, including include strong interpersonal and communication skills, a problem-solving attitude, and being a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player.
Strong written and verbal communications skills in English.
Proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Arabic preferred.
Proven excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
Ability to travel to conflict zones, like Somalia, up to 25% time.
Must be eligible to work in the United States.