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Project Associate, Learning, Energy and Environment for Development (LEED)

Project Management
International Development Group
210P3 Requisition #

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in learning, energy, environment, as well as other disciplines. Around the globe, the International Development Group’s Learning, Energy and Environment for Development (LEED) Division is a growing Division with an expanding portfolio of work. The Energy Team supports the development and implementation of low emission energy technology alternatives to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. The Environment and Water Team brings a breadth of experience from around the world in areas of natural resources management and biodiversity conservation, water resources management, climate-resilient and low-emissions development, and combating wildlife trafficking.

Position Description:

RTI is currently accepting applications for the position of Project Associate to support LEED’s Environment, Water or Energy program areas. This position will work closely with other project management team members and provide a wide range of financial and operational project and proposal support tasks. The position is expected to support projects 80% of the time, proposals 10%, and other tasks as required, 10%.


This position will start remote and will be expected to be based in Washington, DC or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 25% of the time when COVID restrictions are lifted.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Support daily project and team activities including managing the calendars, agendas, and meeting notes for the project and or technical activities meetings.
  • Maintain project files on shared drives and SharePoint
  • Process consultant agreement requests, modifications and create and maintain Level of Effort (LOE) trackers
  • Review consultant invoices and work with Accounts Payable to ensure on time payment
  • Process subcontractor sub task orders (STO), modifications, invoices, create and maintain budget trackers.
  • Support engagement of subcontractors, consultants, and/or other vendors by assisting with collecting necessary documentation and preparing subcontract/purchase order requests
  • Support the recruitment and onboarding of field- and home-office based project staff and other human resources processes
  • Under supervision of Project Managers and Coordinators, create project cheat sheets/trackers with key funding, contractual, and technical information; lead and manage project trackers
  • Support project staff with financial monitoring and tracking


  • Liaise and coordinate support services from RTI business partners
  • Under the supervision of project coordinators collaborate with other project team members and division management to identify and mitigate risks related to implementation.
  • Under the supervision of project Coordinators, support the technical team with participating in procurement processes and ensuring compliance.
  • Draft approval requests for client for proposed new project staff or consultants including years of experience, qualifications, SOW, and salary as needed
  • Prepare travel and consultant approval requests, consulting agreements, information for contract modification requests, and other actions for submission to clients.
  • Under the supervision of Project coordinators, support project management activities within LEED from project start-up to closeout
  • Support budget planning, consult with technical teams, business partners, regional offices, and project team members to support improved forecasting as needed
  • Perform discrete tasks on projects and or proposal development efforts under the supervision of other Project Management staff
  • Perform other tasks as directed and delegated by the direct supervisor or Project Coordinator in the assigned project.
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  • A Bachelor’s degree in international relations, or relevant social science discipline, with at least two years of related professional experience. Master’s degree preferred 
  • Experience working with project management teams and matrix environment. 
  • Proficient administrative support skills and abilities; Experience in project administration for USAID funded projects preferred.
  • Ability to manage and support complex and geographically disparate portfolios.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English
  • Proven excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent soft skills, including strong interpersonal and communication skills, a problem-solving attitude, and being a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player.
  • Language skills in Spanish or French preferred.

The anticipated pay range for this role is between $50,000-60,000 

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example:  established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program.  Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging  in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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