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DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Assistant, Africa (Grade 4)

Location: North America
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code: 3712


Job Title/Grade:           Assistant, Africa (Grade 4)

Department:                 Delivery

Reports to:                   Regional Finance and Operations Manager (RFOM)

Date:                            June 11, 2018


Function of the Position:

This position supports the Africa Delivery sector to coordinate financial, logistical and operational functions for the Africa Sector. The incumbent provides administrative supports one or more projects.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Sector Coordination

Under the guidance of Regional Sector Managing Director (RMD) and Regional Finance and Operational Manager (RFOM) provides general operational and logistical support to the Africa Sector on sector and project related logistical and administrative tasks, including new business opportunities. Provides short-term coverage for traveling Associates.  Any other tasks as requested by management.


  • Contract Management

Submits requisitions for requesting purchases for goods and services and drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates.   Assists project with project recruitment and mobilization for Long Term (LTTA) and Short Term Technical Assistant (STTA) positions and coordinates the processing of payments. Drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates.


  • Financial Management

Responsible for processing sector and project financial transactions, including:

Auditing sector and project iExpense reports.

Processing Independent Consultant invoices and supplier/vendor invoices for review or approval per the Schedule of Authorities.

Assisting with outstanding invoices and closed project finances.


  • Project Management

Provides backstopping support to projects in an Assistant capacity and helps with day to day project operations. Under the guidance of the RFOM, assist with ad hoc tasks as requested by from Project Delivery Teams for projects on a surge capacity.


Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 4: Minimum one year relevant administrative or technical professional experience and a BS/BA degree.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of/interest in the international development field

Equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in international development
  • Experience with project management
  • Business development experience
  • Proficiency in a second language


DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

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