William Davidson Institute: International Development Project Administrator

This full-time project administration position is based in our Ann Arbor office; it focuses on international business development, operational implementation of project activities, the preparation of work plans, progress reports and budgets while ensuring overall quality control of project activities.  This opening is an addition to the growing team.

WDI is an affiliate of the University of Michigan; our employees are not University employees. Therefore, this position is eligible for WDI’s competitive employee benefits package; details will be offered to those invited to an interview.

Please visit our website for directions how to apply and to access our required “Application for Employment” form: http://wdi.umich.edu/about/jobs. Please send the application along with your resume and cover letter.

DUTIES include:

  • Provide technical, budgetary and administrative project support to the “Development Consulting Services” (DCS) department.
  • Engage in daily communication with field teams and counterparts to proactively address management issues, troubleshoot potential technical and contractual issues, as well as personnel issues if and when they arise.
  • Provide support in the recruitment of short and long-term international staff and consultants.
  • Closely manage consultants who are abroad and subcontractors who are abroad, including monitoring budgets, obligations, and scope of work negotiation and adjustments.
  • Work with field teams to prepare and monitor implementation of work plans, quarterly reports, and other donor agency deliverables.
  • Serve as main point of contact with the field teams on administrative and contractual issues and on technical issues as raised by DCS. This includes weekly phone calls, consistent email follow-up, and sending all travel, personnel, and procurement related approvals.
  • Ensure compliance with all provisions of donor contracts (e.g., USAID contractual regulations) and WDI policies.
  • Review and refine the language of grant proposals.
  • Lead the realignments and management of project budgets.
  • Respond to all other client requests and requirements in a timely manner as needed.
  • Travel domestically and/or internationally as needed.

To learn more about the William Davidson Institute (WDI), please visit our website: http://wdi.umich.edu/

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree (in business administration, international business, public policy, international studies, languages, or a related field)
  • Two years of relevant project administration or project management experience (internships included)
  • Understanding of grant process
  • Superior communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Experience traveling/working abroad (specifically in emerging economies is highly desirable)
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Form I-9 to verify current employment authorization in the USA and identity.

See comprehensive list on our website: http://wdi.umich.edu/about/jobs

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