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Project manager - International education

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald’s International Development Services division operates as three separate portfolios within the international development arena, Environment and Water, Education and Health.

Cambridge Education specialises in improving education systems in low- and middle-income countries, through strategic thinking – policy-level evaluation, analysis and design – and actual programme implementation. We make people's lives better by helping to improve teaching, learning and the running of education systems and in all our activities, the goal is not a static event, but developing resilient, sustainable improvement processes. We're global leaders in providing consultancy services to government agencies at national and local level, and to international development agencies and partners as they seek to enhance people's skills and economic prospects.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.


Job Description

On assigned projects, be responsible for project / programme management tasks including:
  • Review and monitor progress against milestones
  • Identify and manage commercial and contractual risks
  • Develop project programmes
  • Deliver projects to time, quality and budget
  • Independently undertake financial management of projects
  • Generate and submit invoices to clients
  • Complete debt management
  • Review, recommend and process consultants invoices
  • Monitor project / programme budgets, report status, identify possible problems and suggest solutions

Work in a Bid Manager capacity, which will including:
  • Dealing directly with the client as main contact for the project/programmeassisting in the development of commercial proposals and budget models in line with specific requirements for Technical Assistance controlling the internal and external commercial aspects of projects across a range of contractual arrangements

Produce, format, and distribute documents including:
  • Bid and project proposals
  • Expressions of Interest
  • Project reports
  • Presentations for internal meetings
  • CVs
  • Ensure project files and reports (both paper and electronic) are updated, maintained and archived in a timely manner
  • Make sure projects are compliant with the requirements of the Business Management System (BMS)
  • Communicate effectively with clients, consultants, suppliers, local offices and other stakeholders
  • Contribute to the process of
    managing sub consultant contracts
  • Provide training and guidance for more junior members of the operations team when appropriate (potentially line manager responsibilities).
  • Support project / programme inception with visits (10-20 days) to the project location and undertaking tasks including recruitment, facilities management, systems set-up, local staff induction, etc.Additionally, the Project Manager will be required to:
  • be engaged with the process of continuous improvement and seeking ways of increasing efficiency
  • demonstrate behaviours which emulate our PRIDE valuesaccept other tasks and responsibilities which may reasonably be requested by their line manager or the Assistant Commercial Manager.

Candidate Specification

  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent
  • Previous experience in a similar role and/or environment
  • Highly proficient with MS packages, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and previous experience of financial management software
  • Excellent attention to detail and high levels of accuracy
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities
  • Team working skills, willing to provide support where needed
  • Excellent communication skills (for speaking, writing and listening)
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Able to plan and
    organise own work and support others with the same
  • Numeracy skills and previous experience of working with large budgets and
    complex financial management systems
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative to solve problems and seek opportunities for continuous development
  • Patience and ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences in developing countries
  • Willingness to travel to project sites in developing countries
  • An interest in the international development sector
  • Must be willing to travel on short term overseas assignments
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