Program Associate, Creative - Education for Development Division

Requisition Number 16-0138
Post Date 4/20/2016
Title Program Associate
City Washington
State DC
Program Associate / Education for Development Division

Position Location: Washington, DC


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, stabilization and democratic development. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary:
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year Northern Education Initiative Plus program (The Initiative) will strengthen the ability of the Nigerian states of Bauchi and Sokoto to provide access to quality education— especially for girls, orphans and children enrolled in non-traditional schools—and improve reading skills for more than 2 million school-aged children and youth.

Position Summary:
The Program Associate position provides a combination of technical, financial and administrative support to The Initiative project within the Education in Conflict (EIC) practice area for the Education in Development (ED) division. The Program Associate: (1) Provides technical input for project design and implementation; (2) Monitors contract compliance; (3) Supports EIC business development efforts by identifying opportunities and writing parts of technical and management sections; (4) Attends and represents Creative’s Education team in relevant meetings and events and embraces professional development opportunities; and (5) support other Education Division priority initiatives as requested.

Reporting & Supervision:
The Program Associate will report to Nigeria’s Northern Education Initiative, Project Director.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Effective program support that ensures accurate and on-time deliverables related to program implementation, budgeting field staff support and HQ support;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project environment: client, subject matter, technical area, etc.;
  • Contributions made to the accomplishment of Practice Area, Divisional and Corporate level objectives extending beyond project work and including business development and proposal writing efforts; 
  • Demonstrated competency and adherence to Creative policies, procedures and donor rules and regulations. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical, administrative, financial, and operational support to the project team by following Creative’s and the Client’s procedures and processes.
  • Provides technical input for project and activity design and implementation, including development of annual work plans.
  • Monitors subcontractor performance, including contracts, budgets and deliverables;
  • Contributes to the preparation of quarterly, annual, final and progress reports, project success stories and other project material as required;
  • Supports consultant engagement and deployment, develops and monitors agreements, coordinates travel and logistical arrangements, and processes payments;
  • Supports business development/proposals by identifying opportunities and writing parts of technical and management sections;
  • Supports key personnel in field projects; 
  • Supports project team in ensuring responsiveness to and ensuring good relations with the Client;
  • Trains and mentors Program Specialists as appropriate.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, international development or related field;
  • 2-4 years’ work experience in a related area;
  • Previous experience implementing or back-stopping donor-funded projects;
  • Excellent communication, analytic and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills;
  • Ability to develop and monitor program/project budgets, work plans and other management and reporting instruments;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office);
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple concurrent tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to work well in team environment and under tight timelines.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, international development or related field;
  • Knowledge and experience working with USAID structure and assistance mechanisms;
  • Field experience in international development settings; 
  • Understanding of international education and development issues; 
  • Previous experience in education, at-risk youth and/or disadvantaged children;
  • Familiarity with basic research methods, database management, and statistical analysis.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.

Position requires Fitness for Duty to travel to most Field locations.

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