Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development 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.
The Senior Associate for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) will be responsible for contributing at a senior level to all aspects of the Washington DC-based CVE practice area. Primary among his or her responsibilities will be supporting a detailed, company-wide
CVE learning agenda and representing that knowledge to current and prospective clients. Second is management of a variety of activities from concept to detailed execution. This practice area with a small, but high-quality team, simultaneously develops and
supports multiple proposal development opportunities, high activity-based projects, and thought leadership initiatives. Given the nature of CVE, the Senior Associate will provide technical and administrative guidance to headquarters staff across the company.
S/he will also work directly with senior members of the project field teams, and must be prepared to fill in for Chiefs of Party from time to time. S/he will also support the Practice Area’s business development pursuits in conjunction with the Division Business
Development lead. The Senior Associate will also be a primary representative of the Practice Area to the other support offices within Creative, such as contracts, finance, HR, etc., and to clients in the US and other governments.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Senior Associate will report directly to the Practice Area Director.
- Expert-level CVE contributions to the CVE Practice Area, as well as other Practice Areas requiring CVE knowledge;
- An ambitious, company-wide, executable learning agenda for CVE;
- Efficiently and effectively managed projects;
- Strong technical and well-composed CVE proposals;
- Dynamic representation of the Practice Area before clients and critical audiences.
The Senior Associate will provide thought leadership and rigorous management of any/all activities and initiatives s/he will undertake. S/he will help to implement Creative’s operating procedures and client policies, in support of the Practice Area Director
and the Technical Director and Senior Advisor for Peacebuilding, across all the practice area does. S/he will also serve in Acting roles, which could require interacting with Creative Senior Leadership, field staff, and clients. Specific responsibilities
include, but are not limited to:
- Providing in-depth and conceptual input to the Practice Area’s learning agenda and strategy;
- Support the Practice Area’s Business Development efforts in conjunction with the Practice Area Director and the Division Business Development lead, serving as capture manager for business development activities including international travel for design
and program development; cross-cutting design, proposal writing; and other assistance to multiple tasks of the proposal development team;
- Providing rigorous analytical guidance and input to proposals;
- Assisting in proposals outside of CVE when technical experience aligns to another Practice Area’s proposal;
- Providing CVE-specific advice and information to COPs, donors, and activity development staffs
- Support CVE projects in terms of supervision of administrative, financial and procurement systems, operating procedures and client policies and procedures;
- Supervising and managing HQ CVE Practice Area staff, to include the conducting of annual performance evaluations;
- Reviewing periodic progress reports for clients;
- Working closely with Project Directors to develop annual work plans inside on-going field programs;
- Monitoring subcontractors’ performance, including contracts, budgets, and deliverables.
- Working closely with the Practice Area Director resolve potential problems to ensure contractual compliance and project integrity;
- Maintaining a working knowledge of contract requirements and budgets;
- Overseeing the preparation, tracking and realigning of project budgets; final review for quarterly financial reviews; and
- Travel to field project to provide technical expertise for start-up, close out or to provide technical STTA when required.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum B.S. Degree or higher in National Security, Public Policy, Business, International Relations, Political Science, Peacebuilding or a related discipline and a minimum of eleven years of professional experience working in international development;
- Minimum five years of experience in direct CVE work;
- Strong managerial skills – ability to manage from start to finish any initiative begun, with attention to detail;
- History of conducting rigorous analysis, as evidenced by academic experience or published works;
- More than 5 years of project management experience, preferably in the Development field and as a U.S. Government contractor/grantee;
- Understanding of U.S. Government operational and contractual requirements;
- Experience overseeing large and complex budgets, technical activities and work flows;
- Proven experience in capture and proposal writing and project design;
- Understanding of development in transitional and post-conflict environments as well as understanding the constructs of a resilient state;
- Proven ability to lead and manage team efforts, supervise staff, and manage time and workloads;
- Strong negotiation skills;
- Excellent speaking and writing skills;
- Strong inter-personal skills.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
- Published CVE pieces;
- At least two years of experience living and working in a conflict environment, preferably in a management role;
- Evaluation and/or facilitation skills; and
- Fluency in French or Arabic is a plus.
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.