Project Management Associate

U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 20

Position description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team that will deepen the impact of international cooperative development projects in the field. If you are someone who is thoughtful in your approach to international development, excited about learning and research, and open to helping shape a new initiative, this may be the opportunity for you!

About OCDC

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) is an association that has been existence for 25+ years to serve member cooperative development organizations that conduct international development work throughout the world, including through the USAID funded, Cooperative Development Program (CDP) and other sources. OCDC members are global leaders in cooperative development in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, working in a wide range of sectors and applying their expertise and approaches in a wide range of settings and countries. OCDC carries out various public outreach activities on cooperative development to Congress, the Administration and others.

About the Research Group

The OCDC Research Group is a division of OCDC focused on developing knowledge through rigorous research and disseminating objective evidence and lessons learned about cooperatives and cooperative development in developing countries in order to deepen impact and expand the use of cooperative development as a sound basis for equitable, self-reliant development around the world. The RG is currently implementing Cooperative Research, Education, & Dissemination (CRED) which fosters a robust learning community in order to support enhanced implementation and impact of cooperatives in vulnerable communities around the world. CRED activities cover topics including the social and economic effects of cooperatives, side-selling, cooperative law, and governance. 

Overview: Reporting directly to the Research Group (RG) Director, the Program Management Associate (PMA) plays a crucial role in the management of CRED Cooperative Agreement and is responsible for overseeing, reporting, monitoring of compliance requirements and advising on all management aspects of the CRED to help to ensure conformity to program goals and deliverables. As with all members of the RG, the PMA is expected to work as a team member supporting and collaborating with the other members of the RG. She/he is the person within the RG team who will be responsible for understanding all aspects of the Cooperative Agreement for CRED (and other future grants and contracts) and keeping the RG CRED team aware of its requirements at appropriate times. The PMA is expected to work closely with OCDC’s finance team.

Key Tasks: The PMA assists in the overall management of CRED and in ensuring the integration of the three components (research, education/learning, and dissemination) in accordance with the approved Work Plan. Activities include but are not limited to: Assisting in the preparation of, updating and monitoring USAID-approved annual work plan, assessing progress against targets and budget in a systematic way, providing monthly reports to the RG Director, and other related tasks.

Project Management:

  • Monitoring activities and related USAID reporting including: annual workplans, travel requests, semi-annual reports, etc.
  • Assisting in developing and monitoring of CRED’s performance indicators, including data collection and analysis, working in close collaboration with the Senior Research Associate and reporting to USAID as required.
  • Preparing management and other reports for use by the RG Director and others in communicating with CRED and the RG’s key constituencies.
  • Providing input into the RG’s CRED implementation strategy, playing a key role at CRED learning events, and assuming responsibility for discrete program-related activities as requested by the RG Director. 
  • Preparing special reports and other documents that are required of the RG.
  • Overseeing and providing day to day supervision to the Program Assistant in procurement and related activities under her/his purview, coordinating as necessary with the Senior Research Associate and the RG Director.
  • Carrying out other tasks as required and as assigned by the RG Director and Senior Research Associate.
  • Compliance & Financial Management:
  • Working in close collaboration with the OCDC accountant, reviewing and adjusting as necessary financial forecasts, with the guidance of the RG Director and Senior Research Associate. 
  • Overseeing and, as necessary, preparing Agreements, Contracts, Purchase Orders, and Amendments and reviewing and documenting all CRED procurement activities and related activities including timeliness and accuracy of all document prepared by the Program Assistant.
  • Tracking invoices against contracts and agreements to monitoring spending and notifies Research Director if an issue arises or a modification is needed.
  • Managing procurement processes including drafting or overseeing RFPs/RFAs and calls for consultants, ensuring compliance, reviewing proposals, and managing the selection process.
  • Remaining knowledgeable about current with changing compliance regulations applicable to CRED and working with the RG and the CFO to ensure CRED is at all times in compliance with USAID requirements.


  • BA in International Development or equivalent with 3-5 years of project management experience for USAID cooperative agreements for implementing partners; MA with previous qualifications preferred
  • Experience implementing USAID funded activities, compliance experience and field experience preferred including contracting, project monitoring, and reporting
  • Strong financial management skills, including proficiency with Excel and experience with project budgeting, forecasting, and reporting 
  • Ability to think creatively within the USAID guidance, rules & regulations
  • Decisive and independent decision making based on research and experience
  • Team player: positive and effective communication, willing to collaborate and work as part of a team, take responsibility
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cooperative development preferred
  • Experience working across cultures 
  • Excellent organizational skills; writing and other communications skills; and interpersonal skills 
  • French or Spanish desirable

Application instructions

Please email your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample by 5pm EST on May 31. 

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