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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.

Development Coordinator, Africa (4)

Location: North America
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code: 4265


Notice to Applicants: This posting is for 2 openings in DAI’s Africa region. The openings in each region/division are posted individually. Please apply directly to the Development Coordinator opening to which you would like to be considered.


Job Title/Grade:     Development Coordinator (Grade 4)

Department:           Africa Region. DAI traces its corporate roots to Sub-Saharan Africa. Today, we help African governments, businesses, private organizations, and communities overcome their most pressing challenges.

Date:                       February 11, 2019


Program Description: DAI‘s entry-level rotation program is a year-long training and development program designed to introduce new professionals with an interest in international development to the important aspects of the business. Through a series of phases, Development Coordinators will learn the basics of business development, project management and operations, federal compliance, internal audit, project finance, and technical excellence at DAI and gain a holistic view of the international development business. Upon successful completion of the rotation program, Development Coordinators will have the opportunity to apply to a full-time Associate position in DAI’s Delivery unit directly supporting projects in the Africa Region.


Function of the Position:

Development Coordinators will be assigned to the Africa region and will support the work of the Business Development unit, Project Management unit, the Internal Audit unit, the Project Finance unit, and the Technical Services unit during a year-long rotation. Each phase has a specific set of tasks and duties that align with the responsibilities of each department.  This position is most appropriate for someone who likes a fast-paced work environment, teamwork, and developing diverse responsibilities. The roles and responsibilities for each rotation are outlined below.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Phase 1 - Delivery - Project Management (6 months)

  • Under the guidance of Regional Finance and Operational Manager (RFOM), provides backstopping and support to projects in an Assistant capacity, helps with day-to-day project operations, and assists with ad hoc tasks as requested by from Project Delivery Teams.
  • Supports project procurement of goods and services, grant implementation and design, drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates, and assists with project recruitment, including mobilization for Long Term (LTTA) and Short Term Technical Assistant (STTA) positions.
  • Processes sector and project financial transactions, as required.


Internal Audit & Project Finance – Integrated Program Phase 1

  • Assists the Internal Audit team with planning and responding to requests and required research for internal and external audits and investigation.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and assesses the soundness of project records and documentation.
  • Actively participates in the formulation of project financial forecasts.
  • Learns and utilizes key finance and operations systems as they pertain to project management.
  • Works with project accountants to generate invoice to the client.


Phase 2 - Business Development (6 months)

  • Supports teams developing proposals for economic, social, or political development projects in the region. DAI's main clients are the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other US government agencies.
  • Provides support to new business efforts at a variety of stages, including research and analysis, budgeting, recruitment, and logistics support.
  • Undertakes other new business-related tasks as required.
  • Illustrative tasks include: compiling past and on-going project experience; organizing information on potential subcontractors and resource organizations; creating charts, tables, and staffing matrices.


Technical Services - Integrated Program Phase 2

  • Supports the development of technical tools to enhance project success.
  • Conducts research on key technical topics.
  • Contributes to technical white papers and reports.
  • Shadows technical experts.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 4: Minimum one year of relevant administrative experience and BS/BA degree
  • Demonstrated understanding of/interest in the international development field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Applications must include a CV along with a cover letter stating reasons for interest in a particular region/division


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional working proficiency in a foreign language (French preferred)
  • Experience living or working internationally preferred


The anticipated start date for this position is June 17, 2019.


Supervisory Requirements:  None


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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