Development Specialist


About the organization

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno's team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. Cardno is an international company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:CDD].


Job Description:

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) is seeking a Development Specialist (DS) to join our Economic Growth and Governance team. We are searching for an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial high performer who has a passion for international development and experience in a dynamic office environment.

The DS will contribute to project management and business development opportunities. Primary responsibilities include:

Project Management

Serve as project coordinator for overseas projects—overseeing administrative, contractual, human resources and financial aspects of projects;
Work with the Finance Department to track project spending and develop financial forecasts;
Maintain project databases;
Review subcontractor and consultants’ invoices and expense reports;
Recruit and mobilize consultants;
Provide operational and administrative assistance in program start up and close out;
Conduct research, as needed;
Manage project deliverables and reports;
Conduct data analysis and prepare draft reports for senior staff.

Business Development

Serve as proposal coordinator; research and write sections of project proposals;
Contribute to proposal and pre-proposal development efforts in research and other areas as required;
Liaise with recruiters and field staff to identify the best candidates for upcoming projects.



B.A./BS. in business, international development/affairs, economics, or related field;
A minimum of three years of experience in a backstopping or an administrative role relevant to the international development field;
Strong analytical and computer skills, including spreadsheet and financial tracking;
Ability to work in a team environment;
Ability to multitask and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Strong attention to detail skills;
Strong writing skills, which will be assessed during the hiring process;
Excellent conceptual skills;
Proficiency in the English language required; and
Permanent U.S. work authorization required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong language skills in French, Spanish or Portuguese. Other languages spoken in the developing world will be considered;
Experience in economic growth issues preferred, inclusive of private sector development, international trade, and business enabling environment;
Relevant overseas work or internship experience in a developing country context; and
Experience with USAID-funded and /or other donor-funded projects strongly preferred

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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