Technical Director, Economic Growth and Governance

Employer
Cardno Emerging Markets USA
Location
Arlington, VA
Posted
Sep 15, 2020
Closes
Sep 17, 2020
Ref
1202444743
Industry
Other
Hours
Full Time
The Technical Director, Economic Growth, and Governance will be responsible for management, business development, and technical consulting. Specifically, the position will entail management and technical oversight of donor or private client funded projects as well as leading business development efforts across the ID Division, including the expansion of business into new geographies and clients. The Technical Director will be a recognized leader in the field of Economic Policy, Public Finance, and/or Tax Administration and/or Policy both within Cardno and with clients.Job Description:Cardno is a global provider of integrated professional services, which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years' experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. Cardno International Development (ID) manages a number of donor-funded programs throughout the world and engages in international development as a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated process. Strengthened by our geographic and market diversity, we are committed to providing innovative and integrated solutions that create opportunities for significant, lasting change in emerging economies. Collaborating with multilateral and bilateral donors, private clients, governments and communities to develop sustainable solutions to complex challenges, we work with local counterparts to achieve meaningful impact.The Technical Director of Economic Growth and Governance will be responsible for management, business development, and technical consulting. Specifically, the position will entail the management and technical oversight of donor or private client funded projects as well as leading business development efforts across the ID Division, including the expansion of business into new geographies and clients. The Technical Director will be a recognized leader in the field of Economic Policy, Public Finance, and/or Tax Administration and/or Policy both within Cardno and with clients.Position Responsibilities:Project Management (30%)Oversees technical assistance in all projects that include significant activities in Economic Growth and Governance.Interacts with Chief of Party/Team Leader and project management team on strategy and technical assistance.Ensures technical assistance and deliverables are of high quality and reflect best practices and innovation.Employs effective and timely decision-making.Obtains regular client assessment of project progress and helps Chief of Party/Team Leaders and project management teams apply learnings to project management and activities.Challenges and enhances project profitability based upon best practice and experience.When acting as Project Director, ensures compliance with client regulations, contract terms and Cardno requirements of quality and efficient financial management including billing and collection issues.Business Development (40%)Applies a thorough understanding of market trends and overall international development business. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of international development and technical direction, Economic Growth and Governance in order to identify cross-selling opportunities.Identifies business opportunities and leads qualification process; responsible for moving leads to capture, including preparation of capture scorecard.Leads and manages capture efforts and develops proposals.Responsible for long-term position of the business with key clients and manages client relationships.Determines priorities among opportunities within technical area, in collaboration with the Unit Director.Takes a planned and logical approach to penetrate the market and sell.Demonstrates a strong focus on generating leads and the ability to make appropriate contacts.Identifies and promotes the development of new delivery capabilities and/or channels to satisfy evolving market requirements.Develops and maintains relationships with experts, particularly Chief of Party/Team Leader candidates.Ensures the development of high quality, compliant and innovative proposals.Ensures proposal solution meets or exceeds profitability targets.Ensures business development activities are aligned with the strategic marketing plan.Partners with current clients, proactively addressing their needs.Technical Assignments (20%)Provides technical leadership in the areas of budget planning, macro-fiscal analysis, tax policy, and administration.Carried out research in the areas of economic policy that lead to stronger government institutions in developing countries.Consults and integrates with senior management to ensure seamlessly integrated services are provided to clients.Anticipates trends and impacts of economic and political environment on donor and client expectations and feasibility of options.Provides strategic direction and management to projects and identifies appropriate tools and/or content based on best practices and experience.Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.Identifies and manages input to develop innovative, analytical approaches to complex problems.Evaluates options with client and produces technical assistance, training and deliverables that reflect donor and beneficiary client needs.Ensures deliverables match with engagement scope and client expectations.Builds plans for follow-up to ensure that changes implemented will be sustainable.Corporate and Financial Management (10%)Demonstrates senior leadership skills in the management of people, providing constructive feedback and mentoring.Sets very high standards for service performance and quality of products/deliverable for all projects in the technical area/service line and constantly strives to improve them.Keeps Unit Director abreast of any issues or potential risks, and works collaboratively with Director and colleagues to resolve or mitigate them.Operates effectively in a fast-changing environment and mentors others to do the same.Embraces change and leads others through change.Participate in the continual improvement of corporate systems and tools.Ideal Candidate:EducationMaster's degree in Business, Economics, International Relations, Public Administration or related field required. (Technical fields, eg Engineering, Law, Environmental Studies, etc.)ExperienceA minimum of 12 years of related experience. 15 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.Knowledge & SkillsStrong supervisory and mentoring skills, with management experience overseeingvarious activities;Strong leadership and organizational skills demonstrated ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail;Strong communication and coordination skills, with experience overseeing, reporting on, and building the capacity of local organizations and staff; andHigh level proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.CompetenciesAbility to work across various teams with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build consensus and navigate complex operating environments, including demonstrated experience managing and supervising financial, administrative, and procurement personnel;Demonstrated cultural sensitivities;Able to work u