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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.

Project Manager, Delivery Unit

Location: Europe
Location: United Kingdom
Job Code: 3759


DAI is looking for two Project Managers, to work as part of their busy Delivery Unit within the Economic Growth and Governance teams.   The positions will be based within DAI Europe; located in spacious, bespoke offices in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, adjacent to fast rail links to London and southeast England.

Main purpose of role:

The primary purpose of this role is to support the Economic Development and Governance teams with Delivery to: provide support to business development efforts (win); ensure strong management of existing portfolio to deliver profitability targets (manage); provide technical support to our portfolio of programmes (deliver); define approaches for delivery on our portfolio of programmes and to distil lessons and track and document development results (build).  To achieve set objectives.


Key Accountabilities


  • Network at the appropriate level with clients, partners and external consultants to enhance client awareness of DAI services and capabilities.
  • Develop leads for the new business pipeline across DAI Europe clients, supporting BDU to develop and prioritise opportunities.
  • Cultivate client relationships and support upcoming needs of our clients and beneficiaries, positioning for upcoming bids (in conjunction with BDU) complying with all DAI ethics and business development policies and representing DAI’s experience and capabilities.
  • Support the technical dimensions of allocated bids, including feasibility of proposed approaches and teams, writing technical sections and/or providing input for client proposals.


  • manage the project mobilisation process
  • monitor project implementation against workplan and logframe
  • work with the Principal Project Manager/Project Director to develop ability to carry out head contract negotiations
  • provide technical and operational support linking the field team to DAI Europe resources
  • review project reports before client submission
  • coordinate quarterly project reviews with designated projects
  • work with project teams and Project Accountants to manage designated project budgets and maintain project profitability, monitoring burn rates and non-billable expenditure
  • act as the day-day support and backstop for designated projects
  • promote and develop sound management practices to maintain and increase profitability on all projects
  • promote and support feedback loops from field project staff, team leaders and operations managers


  • Support technical direction for programme delivery on allocated programmes and others as directed by the Director, ensuring programme needs are met and participating in Quarterly Project Reviews (QPR’s) as required
  • Provide technical support at the appropriate level to team leaders, Business Development efforts, serving as an in-house technical specialist and resource in respective area of expertise.


  • Contribute to building the knowledge base across the inclusive economic growth and governance teams as required on key technical and management topics.
  • Establish and manage a limited set of priority knowledge management initiatives, managing associated overhead time, with particular focus on initiatives that drive promising approaches and to help communicate our development results.
  • Build own professional knowledge and stay up to date with relevant developments in the field.
  • Identify ways to provide technical support to clients, within or separately from the delivery of DAI’s programmes.
  • Assist with the recruitment of high quality technical personnel for effective programme implementation and business development by cultivating networks of partner firms and consultants and in collaboration with the Recruitment Team and BDU.
  • Co-ordinate with broader DAI Inclusive Economic Growth and Governance practice (USG/Global) on priority areas for knowledge management along the lines outlined above.  KM includes communicating effective approaches and development results on a topic of importance to current and potential clients in ways than can be applied to DAI’s portfolio, our business development, and to development work more broadly.

All the above accountabilities are set in coordination with the post-holder’s supervisor, to meet the objectives of the Delivery team.


Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Degree in a field relevant to inclusive economic growth or governance
  • At least three  years’ work in international development in respective technical area.
  • Working experience in a development environment alongside experience working with European and International Donors.
  • Commercially astute with demonstrable aptitude in client service and management
  • Good understanding of proposal development, programme management systems and standards and best practice in respective technical area.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English with ability to negotiate effectively and ability to write technical text.
  • Driven and motivated combined with the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally to deliver against programme and business targets thus achieving the goals of DAI Europe.
  • Flexibility, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to strict deadlines.
  • Driven and motivated to establish and deliver against programme and business targets.



  • Post-graduate degree in relevant field
  • Additional language skills


Travel will be required to any of DAI’s operating locations and other locations as required.

Salary offered commensurate with relevant experience. A generous benefits package includes company pension, private health scheme, cycle to work scheme and contribution to gym membership (after a qualifying period).

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom.

The closing date for applications is Monday 30th July 2018, and interviews will be held late progressively.

If you believe you have the above skills and experience, and you have the right to work within the EEA, we look forward to hearing from you.

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