Project management and new business manager | UKD | London | 2019

Chemonics seeks a project management and new business manager to monitor and complete tasks related to project management, new business, technical advisory support, and management and leadership in East Africa, West Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and for multi-regional or global activities. The project management and new business manager will primarily focus on U.K.-based international development funding agencies, including the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). Primary functions include managing contract administration and financial and administrative tasks, as well as participating in multiple roles for new business. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide day-to-day support to project teams and the client, communicating and assisting with field-office requests and overseeing the field team’s adherence to contract requirements and government regulations, including allowances, quarterly reports, and inventory reports
  • Oversee financial aspects of the project’s contract by reviewing monthly invoices to ensure accuracy and compliance with contract provisions while monitoring monthly costs using the contract budget monitor and tracking contract expenditures against budget and total obligated funds
  • Liaise with project subcontractors; manage subcontract administration issues, budgets, and invoice reviews; and assess deliverables to ensure they meet technical and quality standards
  • Recruit long- and short-term project personnel in accordance with Chemonics’ practice and pertinent government regulations
  • Conduct periodic field visits to monitor project administration, conducting training, performing or responding to audits, providing input to work planning, and carrying out technical research
  • Lead, design, and deliver relevant technical or project management products and training, such as in context and political economy analyses and gender and vulnerable groups inclusion training; and project, risk, and budget management training for field offices in coordination with responsible Chemonics support departments
  • Review and provide commentary on project technical work and project reports
  • Review draft documents, including approval requests and employment agreements, and take the lead in drafting documents
  • Initiate and develop effective working relationships with clients, potential partners, counterparts, stakeholders, subcontractors, technical specialists, and donor agencies
  • Travel to the field as a Chemonics representative to gather market intelligence and meet with stakeholders, including the clients, potential subcontractors, and partners
  • Promote Chemonics externally, representing company history, values, and standards by attending events, networking with clients and counterparts, and displaying a clear understanding of the past and present portfolio
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy in updates for the Corporate Proposal Tracker
  • Oversee management of new business consultants and partners, including timesheet management, invoice processing, and ensuring processing for payments in a timely manner
  • Act in various proposal leadership roles to ensure that Chemonics’ best practices and quality standards are followed during preparation and submission
  • Apply knowledge of indirect cost rates to provide early estimates of proposal profitability, prepare cost proposals independently and in compliance with Chemonics’ standards, and mentor others in such tasks
  • Learn and promote strategies for effective teamwork and leadership development and cultivate collaborative working relationships across the company
  • Engage actively in technical practice relevant to areas of interest or focus, sharing information and best practices learned with the company
  • Provide organizational, planning, and management support to outside facilitators and undergo training to serve as in-house facilitator for meetings, including green teams and new business training
  • Expand professional and technical knowledge through a variety of internal and external training and resources
  • Delegate, supervise, and evaluate performances for assigned staff, setting professional development goals for oneself and those supervised while providing regular, constructive performance feedback and taking prompt action to resolve performance issues
  • Foster and demonstrate a workplace that creates opportunity, serves others, builds trust, encourages innovation, and exceeds expectations


  • Relevant professional work experience and staff supervisory experience, experience with DFID or FCO preferred
  • Degree in relevant subject or equivalent work experience required; advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated, thorough understanding of U.K. donor client requirements and preferred methods of business
  • Understanding and fluency in administrative, accounting, and management systems with a demonstrated ability to mentor staff in these areas
  • Experience writing proposal or report sections of at least 10 pages
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad for extended periods, including fragile and conflict environments; experience living or working in developing countries preferred
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Foreign language proficiency in a region in which we operate preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Project management and new business manager” in the subject line to no later than March 1, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Only finalists will be contacted. Selection will be based on merit. We encourage persons with disabilities to apply.

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