The purpose of the role is to support mid-level and senior-level Delivery Unit staff in maximising development impact, and meeting project gross profit targets by providing high quality project management, monitoring and coordination support.
Key tasks, duties and responsibilities:
- Assist in the development and maintenance of project management tools, playing an active role in business process improvement initiatives
- Undertake independent research as assigned to by line manager
- Document required changes and updates to project systems and processes policies
- Promote and support to aggregation of monitoring data from field project staff, team leaders and operations managers
- Provide support to Project Managers on relevant project management tasks as directed
- Support quality assurance protocols including complying with ISO9001 + ISO14001
- Maintain relevant databases for current projects including start and end dates, project status updates, annual reviews, mid-term reviews, extensions and current expenditure against budget
- Prepare and update regional capability statements and other marketing documents, company experience and information sheets
- Accompany the Project Managers and/or Director(s) on in-country project monitoring visits, when needed
- Work with the Recruitment team in identifying appropriate staff for projects; tailor and format CVs and maintain communication with current/ potential in-country project staff/ consultants
- Deal with routine administrative matters related to the supervision and support of ongoing projects, including liaison with subcontractors
- Be familiar with relevant projects contract terms and conditions
- Monitor the financial elements of contracts and liaise with Project Accountants to ensure the financial projections are on course to be met and profitability forecasts and expenditure forecasts are accurate
- Ensure project information is contained on project dashboards on DAI connect (through shared platforms) are produced promptly, in the correct format and regularly updated whilst maintaining quality and accuracy of information
- Facilitate information sharing within the Delivery Unit, across DAI Europe and with other DAI corporate and project offices, and external partners
- Proof read, edit for language/ grammar accuracy, format technical reports in preparation for client submission
- Serve in Project Manager role on selected assigned projects
- Liaise with BDU to ensure Business Tracker is updated and accurate, and contribute to winning new business.
Qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent
- Demonstrable understanding of and interest in international development and working in an international/ multi-cultural environment
- Excellent communication skills in English both written and verbal
- Strong organisational skills
- Proactive, assertive and action-oriented with strong intellectual agility and ability
- Excellent interpersonal skills – able to establish and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally
- Able to be flexible, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment whilst maintaining effectiveness
- Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
- Numerate with a high level of attention to detail
- Strong knowledge of MS Office
- Ability to travel internationally (if required)
- Experience of working with DFID and other government departments or EU and other major European donors
- Experience supporting consulting services or international development projects
- Experience of working overseas, ideally in a development environment
- Experience of quality management systems
- Fluency in another language
The salary offered for the Associate Consultant role will be commensurate with relevant experience. The successful candidate will work alongside colleagues in the DAI Europe offices in Apsley, Hertfordshire.
DAI offers a generous benefits package including, after a qualifying period, company pension scheme, private health scheme, life assurance, income protection, gym membership and cycle to work schemes.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
If this role sounds interesting and you would like to be part of DAI’s growing business, bidding for and managing donor-funded projects round the world, we look forward to hearing from you.
Closing date for applications is 17th February 2020 and interviews will be held progressively.