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Project Management
International Development Group
180TT Requisition #
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Required Skills and Qualifications

The successful applicant will have extensive experience in managing complex, multi-dimensional, and multi-year programs that focus on strengthening the institutional and managerial capacity of organizations in Laos. She/he will be results-driven, able to absorb and respond to information in a timely manner and possess strong team-building and negotiating skills in order to engage local partners / beneficiaries.  


The candidate must be a strategic thinker with a proven ability to develop innovative program approaches to strengthening local capacity (beyond training) that can be successfully implemented and sustained. Experience in mentoring and coaching, peer-learning, and training is highly desirable.  


Excellent management, organizational, and interpersonal skills and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, partners, and the donor are essential to the role. Applicants must be able to successfully work with a wide range of NPAs and other local stakeholders. Applicants should possess:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in international development, public administration, public policy, finance management, economic policy, or related field.
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience in increasingly responsible positions implementing and managing development projects.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a senior management role within a development project of equivalent size and scope.
  • Substantial experience in working with organizations in Laos and strengthening their institutional capacities.
  • Successful experience in non-traditional approaches to capacity development, such as peer-to-peer learning and mentoring and coaching.
  • A proven track record in managing staff.
  • An ability to manage and track budget expenditures to achieve outcomes with limited resources.
  • Effective cross-cultural and communication skills so that she/he is able to create a shared vision on project objectives and activities among diverse stakeholders.
  • An ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.
  • Fluency in English and Laotian.
  • Experience in managing a project by USAID or another international donor is highly desirable.

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Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

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.

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.

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