Project Manager - Beatrice Rogers Reseach, Friedman School of Nutrition - (19001638)
The position is approved through Jan 31, 2020 with a strong possibility to extend by one more year (to Jan 31, 2021). This is a grant funded position and is not suitable for severance pay.
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, established in 1981, is the only self-governing graduate and professional school of nutrition in North America. Its mission is to improve the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through:
The creation of new knowledge
The application and dissemination of evidence-based information and
The education and training of future leaders in the field
This mission is fulfilled by bringing together experts from the areas of clinical nutrition, social and public policy, and biomedicine. Faculty at the school include biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians, political scientists and psychologists who focus on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in fostering the growth and development of human populations.
The United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Food for Peace awarded the Food Aid Quality Review Phase III contract to Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for the period covering February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2019 with two option years (February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2021). The Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) seeks to provide USAID and its partners with actionable recommendations on ways to improve nutrition among vulnerable people for whom the direct distribution of food aid can make a significant impact. The first phases of FAQR involved reviews of nutrition science; FAQR Phase I recommendations were published in Improving the Nutritional Quality Of U.S. Food Aid: Recommendations For Changes To Products And Programs .
FAQR Phase III will conclude Phase II activities, while also responding to additional (new) FFP priorities. FAQR Phase III will focus on generating links between research on food product formulation with recommendations on cost-effective programming and policy-level action among national and multilateral institutions engaged in food assistance. The FAQR Phase III Option Year 1 will build on activities from the base year period and seek to provide USAID/FFP and partners with tools and resources to implement findings and recommendations from FAQR Phase III. Tufts will work closely with several key domestic and international collaborators, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and with United Nations (UN) partners, all of whom are committed to strengthening the evidence base for use of specialized food products for targeted nutrition goals.
The Project Manager works with the Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI (the core management team) to design and implement the vision, goals, and objectives for FAQR Phase III including the Option Years.
The Project Manager works closely with FAQR team members to create project work plans, strategies, and implementation plans for the completion of FAQR Phase III activities. The Project Manager provides guidance to team members on activity implementation and supports final development of all FAQR outputs. The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring final deliverables are successfully created and submitted on time to the funding agency. The Project Manager directly contributes to technical work related to recommendations for the USAID/FFP Commodity Portal and facilitating tasks related to domestic and international inter-agency coordination.
The Project Manager manages all financial, grants management, and administrative tasks. Responsibilities include managing project budget and expenses; designing, implementing, and evaluating all administrative and financial tracking systems; overseeing all project subawards and contracts, ensuring the smooth flow of resources to contractors, and compliance with all USAID contract requirements. The Project Manager assists the PIs in writing proposals for continued and future funding.
The Project Manager supervises the FAQR communications team on external and internal relations (policy briefs, press releases, social media presence, internal guidance documents). This includes managing all project communications including mandatory donor reporting. As needed, the Project Manager designs and delivers presentations on the FAQR activities at USAID meetings and other meetings/conferences. This also involves contribution to reports, articles for publication, poster presentations, summits, and workshops. The Project Manager is also responsible for representing the project at key events and maintaining connections in policy-focused stakeholder networks.
In addition to providing guidance to team members, the Project Manager manages hiring and training of staff and contributes to staff evaluation as needed. The Project Manager directly supervises the project's Administrative Assistant, a part-time graduate student Communications Research Assistant and periodic undergraduate interns.
5 years of related work experience in project administration/management. Preferably some prior experience working on USAID contracts. 1 or more years of related field experience is a plus
Master's Degree in nutrition, public health, international relations, business administration or related field.
CITI training (can be completed after hiring)
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, reference management software, and social media applications (e.g. Twitter). Ability to work with budgets in Excel. Familiarity with data analysis program (such as STATA, SPSS, or NVivo) is a plus
Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, ability to work independently under deadlines, willingness to travel both domestically and internationally (approximately 4 times per year).
Ability to lead a team and manage tasks.
Academic training in survey research methods including qualitative research methodologies, preferred.
Demonstrated excellent leadership and administrative skills, attention to detail, and; familiarity with statistical analysis programs desirable;
Excellent research skills including document search (published and unpublished).
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Previous professional experience managing a large, complex team.
Experience working in a developing country.
Previous experience managing USAID or other US government-funded projects is a plus.
Special Work Schedule Requirements: This position will involve travel and will require considerable flexibility in working schedule. This may involve working outside normal hours in order to meet the demands of the team members located in others parts of the world in varying time zones.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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