Creative is seeking solution-oriented and mission driven candidates to serve as Senior Program Associate (SPA) for the Economic Growth Division. The SPA’s primary focus will be on business development efforts that leverage Creative’s pioneering work in co-investment grants, blended finance, trade, and private sector engagement. Business development efforts include, but are not limited to, researching countries of interest, conducting competitor analysis, participating in design sessions, liaising with partners and stakeholders, and writing sections of proposals. The SPA may also take on project management and support for new and existing projects, serving as the primary administrative, financial, contractual, and program backstop for a specific project field team. The SPA must be able to multi-task under tight deadlines and work well in a team environment as well as independently. The SPA must be able to travel internationally on short notice.
The SPA reports to the Practice Area Director for Trade, Investment and Private Sector Engagement.
SPAs make contributions to proposal development and business development efforts. Creative projects demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and seize opportunities in the local marketplace and pave the way for the realization of new business opportunities. SPAs help Creative’s visibility before stakeholders. Specific new business pursuits are well planned and timely executed.
SPAs support project teams in all facets of project ramp-ups, implementation, and closedown, contributing to meeting contractual obligations and fiscal targets in line with client and Creative’s administrative, financial, procurement and operational procedures. Creative projects are well-planned and human resource deployments, STTA, procurements are timely and effectively supported by HQ. Project staffing, project obligations, and reporting meet anticipated levels and high-quality standards and develop others’ knowledge and learning. SPAs keep senior project leadership abreast of significant threats, project implementation deficiencies and opportunities.
Projects meet performance targets and revenue projections based on hands-on project and financial management skills where SPAs proactively manage vacancies, non-billables, and foregone revenue. Projects requiring important course corrections or corporate support are elevated to senior management.
Junior project staff are tangibly supported technically and professionally; their professional objectives and personal needs are well understood, as are those of key staff in the field. Contributions to meaningful, constructive, and timely performance reviews of junior project staff is key. Projects honor all aspects of programmatic and fiscal compliance and SPAs work diligently to identify opportunities to enhance HQ and field coordination and communication.
SPAs assist in the development of project strategy and program/project implementation from concept to closure. Projects have explicitly defined learning agendas, M&E and Knowledge Management (KM) plans that track progress towards learning, and course corrections that are informed by data. Project information, interventions and innovations are synthesized, shared, tracked, and managed within KM plans. Learning events (i.e., Knowledge Share) capture salient programmatic aspects with potential for replication or scale up. Salient activities are celebrated and promoted through Creative’s Communications Department.
Business Development (primary role)
Program Management (secondary role)
This is an Early Career Opportunity, the Minimum Eligibility Criteria are as follows:
If the minimum requirements outlined above are met, candidates will be further evaluated against the following criteria: candidates not meeting the minimum requirements will not be further evaluated.