Water Resources Project Manager

RTI International
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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RTI International’s International Development Group seeks an experienced technical contributor to be part of the Learning, Energy, and Environment Division (LEED). This person will be a key contributor to our Climate, Natural Resources and Water (CNRW) team, driving technical and implementation excellence and supporting business development growth.

This position is an opportunity for an experienced water professional seeking to expand her/his technical implementation, management, business development, and research experience. The work will entail supporting a growing water portfolio of international development projects working primarily in urban WASH, water sector governance, water resources management, and water security.  This position will be based in either Washington, DC or the Research Triangle Park, NC (RTI headquarters) and will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.

This position will play a key role in project and proposal work, ensuring efficient management and quality of work products while working collaboratively with other Learning, Energy, and Environment Division (LEED) staff. Candidate will perform technical assistance, manage programs, support business development, and conduct research in technical areas described below.

Essential Duties

  • Along with the support from the Director of CRNW, lead the growth and development of LEED’s water portfolio through ensuring highly effective and responsive project management of existing activities and leadership and support to business development efforts for new projects.
  • Serve as Project Manager, as defined within IDG’s established project management structures, providing project management support primarily to water sector focused projects, contributing or backstopping as needed to other projects within the CNRW portfolio in areas such as environment, conservation, biodiversity and climate resilience.
  • Support programmatic strategies and activities, including contributing to the development of technical approaches and tools across RTI’s water sector work. These areas may include, but not be limited to, urban WASH, water sector reform, water resources management, sector financing, utility management, sector governance, groundwater management, and demand reduction.
  • Lead and/or contribute technical expertise to CNRW pipeline for proposals, capture, concept notes, and expressions of interest, with a particular focus on water.
  • Contribute to other business development activities across RTI International as appropriate and needed, which will include capture, partner identification and development, Salesforce updates, solutioning, leading and/or writing proposal sections and other related tasks.
  • Provide technical program support and technical assistance, including facilitating work planning, to project and program portfolio in given technical area of expertise. This may include field-based short-term technical assistance.
  • Collaborate with key sector partners, donors, consultants, host country counterparts and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across RTI on technical, administrative, and strategic planning initiatives. Specifically, serve as LEED’s main partner and PoC for collaboration with RTI’s Water Resources Management Division.
  • Develop project abstracts, briefs, impact summaries and success stories.
  • Contribute to technical developments in CNRW technical areas.
  • Contribute to RTI thought leadership in CNRW technical areas, including published technical articles, papers, and reports in technical areas, as well as presentations, seminars and workshops on water and environmental resources governance topics.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

Master’s Degree in water resources, environmental/natural resources management, international relations, business administration or related field with at least 10 years of relevant work experience; or Ph.D. in water resources, environmental/natural resources management, international relations, business administration or related field with 9 years of related work experience.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Proven experience managing international development programs in the water sector, preferably with a mix of field-based technical implementation experience and program management. Must demonstrate an understanding of and ability to meet the needs for management and implementation of long-term field-based projects.
  • Experience in technical work planning, program management, technical assistance, and technical report writing for water activities.
  • Experience in managing USAID projects is required; experience managing other donor-funded projects, such as DFID, is a plus.
  • Experience leading the development of technical proposals, such as leading or participating on capture teams, identifying and securing strong partners, supporting solution development, and writing technical sections for proposals.
  • Experienced in research areas, methodologies, innovations, emerging trends and technologies in technical area.
  • Field experience working in developing countries
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong relationship management skills across teams, with clients and counterparts.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines under pressure, and multi-task.
  • Ability to work independently and within matrix project and program teams.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to travel internationally for extended periods as needed.
  • Culturally sensitive and respectful. Proven ability to work effectively in cross-cultural teams and a wide variety of operating environments.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, such as French, Spanish and/or Arabic, preferred