Project Manager

Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
ID
2020-6258
Function
Project Manager

Introduction

EIU Public policy

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group and the world leader in global business intelligence.  Created in 1946, we have 70 years’ experience in helping businesses and governments to understand how the world is changing and how that creates opportunities to be seized and risks to be managed. Consistently rated one of the best for-profit think tanks for the quality and accuracy of our data and forecasting.


The EIU’s Public Policy Consulting Practice in Washington, D.C. is looking for an experienced project management professional to join our growing U.S. Government (USG) team. The Project Manager will report directly to the USG New Business Director. Primary responsibilities are to manage existing EIU projects; provide technical consulting to projects as fits with individual technical experience; and develop proposals for new business opportunities.

Accountabilities

How you will contribute:

 

  • Project management and thought leadership
    • Participate in the technical leadership and services provided by the Trade Practice to projects, new business endeavors and other internally and externally facing initiatives
    • Engage with Team Leaders and project teams to identify, adapt, and refine technologies, tools, solutions and approaches that advance the project’s goals. These solutions may be technical or operational
    • Support projects as requested by Delivery to ensure a high standard of technical excellence in delivery of results according to client expectations
    • Participate in cross-sector, cross-practice and cross-business unit initiatives that foster and build EIU’s technical leadership or advance process improvements across teams
    • Undertake short-term technical assignments for projects including training, high quality technical reports, assessments, recommendations and other deliverables as requested
  • Build relationships with strategic partners and USG funding agencies:
    • Support the USG New Business Director and build and maintain strategic partnerships with other firms and with USG funding agencies (e.g. USAID and DOE)
    • Help to prepare marketing materials including slide decks for presentation to prospective partners and clients
    • Assist in coordinating marketing events and preparing communications pieces that advance EIU’s standing and opportunities for new business acquisition
    • Coordinate preparation of pre-teaming and teaming documents to establish strategic partnerships
  • Proposal Development:
    • Engage in a portfolio of proposal development efforts
    • Draft proposal sections, either with others or independently. Review and revise proposal text
    • Serve as the information hub on proposals, liaising across EIU teams

Experience, skills and professional attributes

Ideal skills for this role are:

  •  6+ years of USG project management experience (ideally with USAID and/or MCC) and a track record of selling strategic intelligence and evidenced-based research services to senior decision-makers within the USG
  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent work experience. Masters Degree in a field such as International Affairs, Public Policy, Business or Economics is desirable
  • A network of established relationships/contacts across USG agencies and a diversity of USG contractors (large corporate, NGO, and small/minority)
  • Knowledge of USG thematic and functional policies and regulations
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and writing.
  • Proven experience working independently as well as in a team
  • An understanding of public policy issues and experience with a specific technical area such as business environment reform
  • Ability to create qualified opportunities to pipeline through relationship building, matching client needs with EIU Consulting solutions and capabilities, and identifying project funding sources

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