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Project manager - International Education

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald’s International Development Services division operates as four separate portfolios within the international development arena, Environment and Water, Economic and Social, Education and Health. International Education operates under the Mott MacDonald Cambridge Education brand.

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.

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

This role is envisaged to require a period of time UK based with a few to a longer term posting overseas to one of the projects.

UK based responsibilities:

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 include:
  • Dealing directly with the client as main contact for the project/programme assisting 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.

Long-term overseas responsibilities:

These responsibilities are project dependent but are likely to include:

Project inception - assisted by Project Establishment and Security Team as appropriate:
  • Set up office and MM processes and systems
  • Organise and conduct recruitment
  • Ensure that The Inception Team receive adequate operational and logistical support

  • Support Team Leader to agree project approach and take responsibility for documenting agreement (signed contract, variations etc.)
  • Establish project budget, project plan of work and project control systems including risk and BMS – signed off by Team Leader / Project Principal. Keep all financial and control systems up to date monthly
  • Manage costs and resources with input / direction from Team Leader and Project Principal
  • Maximise sustainable profit and minimise capital employed
  • Support Team Leader to assure technical/professional quality of work
  • Monitor project progress against project management plans and budgets
  • With Team Leader develop a strong relationship with Customer,

  • Be engaged with the process of continuous improvement and seeking ways of increasing efficiency
  • Demonstrate behaviours which emulate our PRIDE values
  • Accept other tasks and responsibilities which may reasonably be requested by their line manager.

Candidate Specification


Ability to manage and lead a
team of other support staff
Commercial and financial acumen
Resource management and task allocation
Strong stakeholder relationship building
Good written and verbal communication
Proficient in using MS packages, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint (creating documents, formatting, manipulating data, creating graphs, etc.)
Contract management and risk management
Able to establish good working relationships with colleagues
Ability to prioritise and work under pressure.
Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
Understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences in developing countries


Managing and leading teams to successful outcomes
Experience in providing administrative, logistical and financial support to projects
Extensive experience of PMD and setting up project budgets.
Experience in project procurement and contracting requirements.


High degree of commercial acumen and knowledge of planning and project controls
Good understanding of contractual issues and risks relating to delivery of projects

Desirable criteria

Experience of working in overseas locations and supporting projects in development setting.
Monitoring budgets and costs and take appropriate action.
Working towards professional project management qualification.
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