Abt Associates Global Technical Director - Economic Growth - International Development Division in Rockville, Maryland
Abt Associates is seeking a Global Technical Director to serve as an economic growth leader to grow and implement Abt’s economic growth portfolio (public financial management, impacting investing, trade, agriculture, and private sector engagement) with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of the International Development Division. This leader will serve as a technical leader responsible for overseeing the planning, design, and implementation of proposal and project work and serve as the primary client contact for economic growth work. This position will also spend considerable time building Abt’s reputation and capability in economic growth, including publications, conference presentations, and thought leadership.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
Serve as a key advisor to Abt and USAID on international economic and development issues, including emphasis on innovative financing instruments, impact/social investment, fin-tech, private sector engagement, agriculture, and food security and market systems approaches.
Create vision and direction for the Abt’s economic growth strategy and implement strategy to deliver results that focus on key issues, tasks, and priorities related to international economic growth and Abt’s clients and cooperating countries.
Oversee and manage significant business development activities, including developing proposal technical strategy and designing content that addresses client solicitations.
Direct efforts to identify and recruit staff to implement Abt’s economic growth work around the globe.
Maintain an industry presence as a subject-matter expert, by publishing regularly and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings.
Manage complex and large projects with primary responsibility for stakeholder relations. This includes leading the scoping of technical assignments, work planning, and budgeting to be responsive to donor clients and host-country counterparts.
Build collaborations with bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, government agencies, and private sector organizations.
Support delivery of all economic growth programs across Abt Associates, through experience sharing, short-term technical assistance, and mentorship.
Build diverse, collaborative, and high performing teams, capable of meeting and exceeding goals.
Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Agriculture, Development economics, or equivalent
10 years of relevant experience in international development with the USAID
Must have experience working and/or living in Low or Middle-Income Countries
Proven track record of integration of GESI in economic growth programs
Demonstrated involvement in industry organizations and conferences and industry leadership
Extensive experience in providing technical advice and designing interventions, or policy-level analysis
Experience with monitoring and evaluation of development projects
History of conference presentations and/or publications in the economic growth sector
Familiarity with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Fluency in English and another relevant language (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, or Russian).
Bachelor’s Degree + Fifteen years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or PhD + Ten years of relevant experience
Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.
The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.
At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.