Water Project Manager (LEED)

RTI International

Washington, DC or Durham, NC, , US

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in learning, energy, environment, as well as other disciplines. Around the globe, the International Development Group’s Learning, Energy and Environment for Development (LEED) Division is a growing Division with an expanding portfolio of work. The Water Team brings a breadth of experience from around the world in areas of water supply and sanitation development and service provision, natural resources management, water resources management, climate-resilience, biodiversity protection, and low-emissions development.

Position Description:

RTI is currently accepting applications for a Water Project Manager to serve as a senior contributor to our growing Water Team. This position will play a key role in business development, targeted technical research and quality project implementation, ensuring efficient management and quality of work products while working collaboratively with the LEED business development team as well as staff. The work will entail supporting a growing water portfolio of international development projects working primarily in urban/rural WASH service delivery, water and sanitation sector governance, water resources management, sanitation planning and water security.  

This position will be based in Washington, DC or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 30% of the time when COVID restrictions are lifted.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Lead proposals and contribute technical expertise to respond to the water pipeline for proposals, capture, concept notes, and expressions of interest, with particular focus on urban/rural WASH including water resources management and governance.
  • 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.
  • Support the growth and development of LEED’s water portfolio through ensuring highly effective and responsive project management of existing activities and creative thought leadership initiatives.
  • 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 LEED in areas such as environment, conservation, biodiversity and climate change.
  • 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/rural WASH, water sector reform and governance, water resources management, WASH services delivery, sector financing, service provider/utility management and resilience, and sanitation management.
  • Contribute to RTI thought leadership in water-and/or environment technical areas, including published technical articles, blogs, papers, and reports in technical areas, as well as presentations, seminars and workshops on water and environmental resources management topics.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across RTI on technical, administrative, and strategic planning initiatives and support direct coordination with RTI’s Center for Water Resources, Center for Applied Economic and Strategy, and others.
  • Perform 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.
  • Network and collaborate with key sector partners, donors, consultants, host country counterparts and stakeholders to support project implementation, business development and thought leadership activities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 10 years of related work experience; or Master’s Degree in relevant social science or related field and 6 years of related work experience; or Ph.D in relevant social science or related field and 3 years of related work experience.
  • Proven experience supporting the development of technical proposals and reports, such as writing technical sections for proposals and working with project teams to develop technical deliverables. USAID context and projects experience preferred.
  • Proven experience working on international donor development programs in the water sector, especially by USAID and preferably with a mix of field-based technical implementation experience and program management.
  • Experience in technical work planning, program management and technical assistance for water activities. Must demonstrate an understanding of and ability to meet the needs for management and implementation of long-term field-based projects.
  • Experienced in research areas, methodologies, innovations, emerging trends and technologies in technical area.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language preferred.





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