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Project Management
International Development Group
190JJ Requisition #
Around the globe, RTI International is working to develop and implement low emission energy technology alternatives, raise private financing for energy infrastructure, work with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks in energy generation and consumption, and increasing access to green energy to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. We serve as a chosen partner for USAID’s Power Africa program in sub-Saharan Africa, and we are looking to expand our knowledge and practice to support the electrification of Papua New Guinea.

To build on these efforts, RTI is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated upcoming USAID energy project in Papua New Guinea. The DCOP will be responsible for providing day‐to‐day project leadership in the management operational staff and oversight of monitoring, evaluation, and grants under contract. The goal of the USAID PNG Electrification Partnership Activity is to contribute significantly to achieving the goal of 70% electrification by 2030. This will be a senior level position, and candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and the ability to navigate complex political environments. This position reports to Chief of Party (COP) and will be based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


• Serve as DCOP on the project, assisting the COP in management and decision-making and ensuring that project activities are meeting client and stakeholder expectations;
• Oversight of the project’s operations reporting functions to ensure compliance with the terms of the agreement, including oversight to grants program;
• Supervise the project’s administration staff, providing oversight to the overall project management and human resources functions.
• Ensure adherence to RTI and USAID administration policies and procedures;
• Oversee subcontract and/or grant to local partners; train and provide guidance to subcontract/grantee finance managers on managing project expense to annual work plan and contract budgets, as needed; ensure that all contractual documentation is complete and compliant with the terms of the reference in the contract.
• Provide leadership and support during project start-up and close-out with regard to setting up the project office, operations and logistics, recruitment, on-boarding and staff administration, etc.;
• Serve as the project liaison with human resources on employee relations matters and documentation for adverse events.
• Minimum of Master’s degree in public administration, financing, economics, accounting or a related field;
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in operations management, with 5 years direct international work experience in developing countries;
• Prior experience managing administration / operations for large-scale USAID programs;
• Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and/or experiences in financial planning and management, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions, as required;
• Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
• Demonstrated skills, abilities, and experiences to manage sub-contracts and sub-grants;
• Strong verbal and written English communications skills.
•Experience working in conflict or post conflict zones or fragile states
•Experience working in Papua New Guinea preferred

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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