International Projects Manager

Reporting to: Director

Location: Central London

Starting Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 per annum (negotiable, depending on experience)

Terms of Employment and Benefits

Salary will be assessed during the selection process, to reflect level of experience and qualifications. The employment contract will include an initial 3 months’ probation period. The successful candidate will receive an attractive package of the following:

  • Entry into the company pension scheme;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 28 days holiday in a year (excluding public/bank holidays);


The International Projects Manager will provide efficient, professional and high-quality management for selected donor-funded technical assistance projects (including EC framework contracts), developing and nurturing ongoing relationships with existing and new consultants within our network and prospective clients of strategic importance to the organisation. The successful candidate will also assist with identifying opportunities and developing proposals to secure new business. Occasional travel overseas is envisaged.


The responsibilities of the International Projects Manager will cover the following areas:

  1. Project management
  • Maintaining effective communications about project activities, work plans and progress with PAI Directors and staff, locally-engaged staff, Project Team Leaders and consultants, donor agency representatives and clients.
  • Managing the logistics (for example, travel, visas, accommodation, etc.) for selected consultancy projects.
  • Negotiating consultants’ fees (in accordance with PAI’s usual rates) and preparing contracts and other documentation.
  • Monitoring selected consultancy project finances and preparing invoices.
  • Proof-reading, editing and formatting consultancy reports for circulation to project stakeholders.
  1. Business development
  • Researching current development policies, proposed activities and funding trends of selected international development organisations.
  • Identifying new consultancy opportunities.
  • Preparing and submitting expressions of interest, technical and financial proposals for consultancy projects.
  • Expanding the network of Associate Consultants for existing and upcoming opportunities.
  • Advertising positions and selecting experts for consultancy projects.
  • Representing PAI at donor, consortium and client meetings and briefing staff about the outcomes.

Person Specifications


  • A university degree (preferably a Masters) in a relevant subject – Business Administration, International Development, Governance, Public Policy or similar
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Good knowledge of French and Spanish is an asset

Professional experience

  • At least 3 years, experience of managing international development projects
  • Experience of selecting and contracting experts for development projects
  • Experience of preparing technical and financial proposals
  • Experience of identifying new business opportunities and marketing consultancy services
  • Experience of working with or for international development organisations is an asset
  • Experience of responding to framework contract requests is an asset


  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a variety of people whilst maintaining professionalism
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Experience in operating Customer Relationship Management (CRM) databases
  • Excellent organisational skills and prioritization skills, including ability to work effectively to deadlines
  • Strong writing and numerical skills

Equality Statement

PAI is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all our business activities.  We do not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender, gender reassessment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or parental status. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination..

How to apply

We invite interested candidates who meet the requirements to email their applications to

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (maximum of four pages) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience.
  3. Names, email addresses and day-time contact numbers for two referees who know you in a professional context.
  4. Please note that this position is only open to those who have the right to live and work in the UK. Please provide proof of this with your

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 24th of May 2018 at 17.00 GMT.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a successful candidate may be selected prior to the closing date. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an interview.

  • If you are interested in this role please submit your CV and covering letter using the application form below.
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Where we have worked…


Clients include…

Asian Development Bank
The British Council
The Canadian Parliamentary Project
The Commonwealth Secretariat
The European Commission

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