Director, Governance - Washington, D.C.
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Project Overview and Role
To lead Palladium's expansion in the governance sector in the USAID and other US Government market, building on our wealth of governance experience for UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The role encompasses business development, project management, and technical delivery on projects, principally financed by USAID, that have objectives related to accountable economic governance and transparent mobilization and management of public resources, or public financial management (PFM). Opportunities will encompass requests for task order proposals issued under the Public Financial Management (PFM) II IDIQ, of which Palladium is a prime holder, but will also extend to other business development and technical delivery roles within Palladium's Economic Growth and Governance Practice.
The role reports to the Vice President, Economic Growth and Governance of the Americas Business Unit of Palladium International LLC.
- Identify, assess, and lead positioning and teaming for new business opportunities, including those issued under the PFM II IDIQ, of which Palladium is a prime holder;
- Serve as capture manager (responsible for technical direction, teaming, staffing, and budgeting for proposals in conjunction with technical writers, recruiters, proposal coordinator, pricing manager, and other team members;
- Serve as lead writer and/or capture manager of technical proposals drawing upon economic governance and PFM expertise as applied to specific country contexts;
- Facilitate storyboarding sessions and set overall win themes and technical approaches that guide other members of proposal teams.
- Conduct short-term technical assignments on topics such as political economy analysis, inclusive policy dialogue, transparent revenue administration, budgeting, and expenditure management, and/or public sector capacity building, among other relevant topics;
- Lead the design, planning, and delivery of international development projects for USAID and other international donors;
- Maintain strong and mutually respectful relationships with partners and consultants that can provide technical expertise to Palladium-managed projects; and
- Provide thought leadership (writing blogs and white papers, conducting speaking engagements, etc.) and work with others to promote and market Palladium's technical capability.
- Serve as Project Director (home office) for relevant projects, assuring strong client relationships, effective linkages between the home office and the field, results-focused work planning, accurate forecasting, compliant procurement (including grants), and compelling reporting and public communications on governance-centered projects;
- Manage partner organizations (such as subcontractors).
Minimum education and experience required, include:
- A Masters' degree in a relevant field;
- Minimum of 15 years of work experience in international development, including familiarity with USAID and other international donors;
- Demonstrated expertise and professional network in PFM and/or economic governance, including hands-on field implementation experience in developing countries;
- Track record of business development success, including as capture manager and lead technical writer;
- Consulting experience involving business development and/or project management for USAID contracts;
- Preferred: Fluency in one or more of the following languages: French, Arabic, Spanish.
- Key competencies and professional expertise required:
- Strong technical writing and editing skills, and the ability to conceptualize project design and implementation in the field of PFM and economic governance;
- Familiarity with USAID and other donor-funded PFM and economic governance program design, implementation pitfalls, and innovative tools & approaches;
- Ability to work under tight deadlines, with multiple tasks and across time-zones;
- Excellent written and verbal communication;
- Sound problem-solving and decision-making;
- Well-organized with high attention to detail; and
- Ability to travel and work abroad.