Senior Manager, Natural Resources Management (NRM)
ECODIT is seeking a Senior Manager for NRM to join the firm’s Home Office (HO) team in Arlington, VA. The Senior Manager will supervise staff, and oversee the design and implementation of NRM projects. S/he also will serve as Home Office Project Manager (HOPM), Proposal Manager and IDIQ Manager, when needed, and provide technical and management support to ECODIT projects and proposals in the NRM and related fields. The Senior Manager also will provide strategic direction and leadership to sustainably grow and implement the firm’s NRM work and affirm its reputation as a reliable provider of quality technical assistance in NRM services worldwide. The Senior Manager (NRM) will report to the Senior Project Manager/Environmental Economist currently responsible for oversight of the Water and NRM practice area.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Serve as an ECODIT HOPM when needed, and direct and oversee NRM project work plans, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans and other deliverables, operations, identification and mobilization of quality long- and short-term project staff, subcontractor engagement and management, budget realignments and contract modifications, and resolution of administrative, technical, and personnel issues as they arise during project implementation;
- Play a lead role in ensuring that projects are implemented in line with clients’ and ECODIT’s ethics and standards, and policies and procedures, coordinating with contracts and finance teams to ensure overall contract compliance;
- Provide guidance and support to Chiefs of Party (COPs), Team Leaders and other HOPMs to help them achieve work plan targets and complete high-quality project deliverables on time;
- Act as IDIQ Manager , directing the preparation of progress reports, financial reports, and other technical documents required under IDIQs, and maintain close contact with the assigned IDIQ’s Contracting Officer Representative (COR) ; and
- Provide technical leadership and participate in short-term technical assistance (STTA) assignments as necessary for management and technical oversight, and in response to specific project needs for technical expertise.
Staff Management, Development and Leadership
- Help develop and implement strategic visions and plans in concert with his/her colleagues and as part of the overall strategic vision for the firm;
- Provide critical input for planning the existing and future technical and staff resources and organizational development to ensure sustainable operations and growth;
- Supervise, train and coach NRM staff, including conducting staff performance evaluations and regular goal-setting and feedback meetings for staff reporting to him/her; and
- Lead efforts to expand ECODIT’s knowledge base and market by encouraging and facilitating team activities, including sharing and encouraging the dissemination of project knowledge, experiences and best practices, promoting project results through success stories, facilitating staff and client brown bag discussions as well as promoting knowledge sharing within ECODIT on latest USAID developments, policies, practices, approaches, and programmatic strategies.
Business Development and Relationship Building
- Develop and nurture contacts with USAID Bureaus and Missions, and new clients, and promote ECODIT’s capabilities;
- Develop and manage relationships with ECODIT’s subcontractors, partners and consultants , including other firms, IDIQ partners, and regional and local organizations in developing countries that are active in relevant sectors, and expand ECODIT’s network of high-caliber independent consultants;
- Direct and oversee business capture efforts , including gathering research and intelligence on anticipated opportunities with USAID and other clients, and fielding missions to learn more about country priorities, build collaborative networks with in-country partners and experts, anticipate scopes of work and develop possible technical approaches for new business opportunities; and
- Provide thought-leadership for the preparation of technical proposals in response to solicitations, in collaboration with the Business Development (BD) team, including making final bid/no-bid decisions; identifying partner organizations; identifying long- and short-term personnel; developing technical approach responses; and providing critical review and feedback to improve proposals.
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in environmental or natural resources management, economics and/or policy, sustainable development, international relations, or related field;
- At least 8 years of progressively responsible work experience, including supervising and managing teams of professionals, and designing, managing and implementing NRM projects in developing countries;
- At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in leading or supporting business capture and proposal development efforts for NRM projects in developing countries;
- Strong familiarity with USAID’s strategies, policies, regulations and tools related to the environmental sectors, including business development opportunities, as well as other international development agencies such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the World Bank;
- Good network of contacts and relationships with USAID and U.S. Government contractors and consultants active in the NRM sector;
- Excellent organizational and time management abilities;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English; and
- Proficiency in at least one relevant language other than English (e.g., French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic) is a plus.