Project Manager - PDU

Burlington, VT; Washington, DC; or Remote within U.S. /
Government Services – Project Delivery Unit - Home Office /
/ Remote
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Resonance is an award-winning, Certified B Corporation consultancy that delivers market-based solutions to address the world's toughest challenges. We enable a variety of donor, commercial, and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. 

Position Mandate  
The Project Manager is part of the Project Delivery Unit (PDU), providing both technical and management support across a portfolio of projects to deliver excellence to clients. This is a full-time position reporting to a PDU Director, PDU Deputy Director, or Senior Manager.    

This role manages day-to-day tasks for USAID and other client activities by contributing to client relationship management, overall program and task management, financial management, project compliance, and technical excellence. This individual works closely with clients and partners to plan, implement, and troubleshoot project implementation issues and collaborates with the Project Operations Unit to ensure compliance with Resonance policies and client regulations, using Resonance tools and systems. This role may supervise staff members (Senior Analyst/Analyst and/or Assistant). You can expect all the challenges and benefits of a fast-paced, roll-up-your-sleeves, entrepreneurial environment – wide-open space for ideation and agile strategy and execution, and optimal opportunity to have a direct and positive impact on the success of the company.   

This individual works closely with the PDU and Technical Sector Teams to ensure technical excellence is integrated throughout project delivery and establishes ongoing communication and collaboration with relevant Technical Sector Team members to ensure technical alignment across project activities. 

The primary focus of this position is to manage the implementation of Resonance’s Government Services project portfolio, however, strategic support to Resonance’s business development efforts and Impact Advisory clients will be assigned as necessary

Outcomes / Essential Functions
1. In partnership with the PDU Director, PDU Deputy Director, and individual Project Management Units (PMUs), manage prime contracts and subcontracts to achieve outstanding, efficient, and compliant technical delivery, including:  
 ·       Recruits local and international consultants and project staff as needed
·       Identifies and manages subcontractors (facilitates subcontract approval process, drafts subcontract and corresponding modifications, monitors subcontractor performance, reviews subcontractor invoices, and reviews all subcontractor deliverables to ensure compliance with terms of the agreement)
·       Supports management and oversight of technical scopes of work (SOWs), contracts, reporting, activities, and deliverables
·       Manages project budget to meet financial targets, supports monthly invoicing, financial reporting as needed, ensuring that required financial forecasts are uploaded accurately and in a timely manner
·       Liaise with the Project Operations Team to ensure contract compliance  
·       In partnership with cross functional teams, designs and develops project work plans and project activities, ensuring preparation and submission of high quality and timely deliverables
·       Supports the start-up and implementation of large, complex USG-funded field-based projects, including establishing a field office, hiring local staff, opening a bank account, engaging local lawyers, and facilitating the contract registration process to ensure compliant field operations
·       Supports timely and compliant close-out of large, complex USG-funded field-based projects 
2.  Trains field-based staff in company and client rules, regulations, systems, and procedures
3.  Provides targeted support to technical workstreams and billable assignments, both domestically and overseas as appropriate in one or more of the following areas: private sector engagement; partnership development; facilitation; innovation; enterprise development; innovative finance; natural resource management; economic growth; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning
4.  Liaises with the client on technical and project management matters to ensure excellence in project delivery 
5.  Manages and mentors other home office and project field staff 
6.  Provides project support to the Impact Advisory team, as needed 
7.  Provides targeted business development support as needed

Required Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree in International Relations, Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration, or another relevant field; or a bachelor’s degree in these fields plus 7 years of international development experience  
    • 5+years of progressive experience in roles focused on project management in a global development context, preferably for USAID or other USG-funded projects – competency in project management is measured by: 
    • Experience recruiting and onboarding project staff as well as local and international short-term consultants 
    • Experience managing subcontractors from award to implementation to close-out 
    • Experience drafting scopes of work, project deliverables (e.g., annual work plans, quarterly reports, annual reports), and processing contract modifications 
    • Knowledge of USG rules and regulations (e.g., Federal Acquisition Regulations, USAID Acquisition Regulations, Automated Directives System) 
    • 2+ years of technical experience in one or more of the following areas:  private sector engagement; partnership development; facilitation; innovation; enterprise development; innovative finance; natural resource management; economic growth; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning 
    • 2+ years of client management/client facing experience (e.g., written correspondence with client to obtain required approvals, addressing client comments on project deliverables, making presentations to client, among others) 
    • People leader experience (prior experience supervising at least one person)  
    • Strong Excel budgeting and spreadsheet skills 
    • Ability to travel up to 30% on short notice 
    • Eligibility to work in U.S. 

Preferred Education, Experience

    • Grant management experience 
    • Experience supporting start-up, implementation, and close-out of large, complex USG-funded field-based projects 
    • Experience supporting innovation among key stakeholders through co-creation facilitation 
    • Experience working with private and public sector clients to launch and manage innovation competitions 
    • Experience in private sector engagement 
Salary Expectations:

Travel Expectations:
Ability to travel up to30% for periods of up to 4 weeks on short notice. 

Work Authorization:
US work authorization is required. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of Resonance is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation) parental status, genetic information (including family medical history) political affiliation, military service, age, veteran status, disability, or marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs. Consistent with these obligations, Resonance also provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices.

Resonance believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables each associate to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on any of the above-mentioned characteristics.

We expect and require the cooperation of all employees in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.