Program Associate, Economic Growth

Creative Associates International

About the organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Duties

Backstops field projects on technical, financial and administrative tasks for assigned projects and provides financial and administrative support to the project team in the field;
Supports key personnel in the field, including mobilizing and demobilizing expatriate key personnel;
Supports project consultants by developing and monitoring agreements, coordinating travel and logistics, and facilitating payment requests;
Supports grant management by monitoring and facilitating payment for HQ-managed grants and subcontracts to international organizations;
Reviews and processes project-related documentation including invoices, ensuring program files and transactions are compliant, properly documented, and organized;
Assists in the preparation, tracking and realignment of the project budget and subcontractor budgets, and prepares quarterly financial reviews and projections;
Supports the development/submission of contractual requests to the Contracting Officer for all travel;
Contributes to weekly and monthly reports, project success stories and other deliverables as required;
Acquires intimate familiarity with contract requirements, deliverables and budgets;
Develops and maintains strong working relationships with partner and/or donor organizations;
Works closely with support divisions in HQ including HR, Contracts, Procurement, Field Operations, Communications, and Finance, to support complex project needs as they arise;

Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field and four (4) years of relevant experience, Master’s degree is preferred;
Prior project backstopping experience for a USAID or Department of State project;
Prior experience in international development in a donor funded setting;
Prior experience in developing and monitoring proposal and project budgets;
Experience working with consultants and vendors;
Experience organizing and managing program/project knowledge/information;
Experience supporting small grants programs;
Strong knowledge of U.S. government donor regulations;
Strong writing and editing skills; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills;
Ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently;
Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines;
Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, etc.); and
Ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 20-25% of the time.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:

Professional proficiency in Spanish, French and/or Mandarin;
One short term technical assignment and/or experience working in a developing country;
Solid project backstopping experience for U.S. or other government funded projects;
Demonstrated ability to develop and monitor program and proposal budgets; and
Knowledge of agricultural systems and markets, inclusive economic development, and/or value chain analysis.

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