Senior Project Manager, Economic Growth Team

Salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Closing date: 31 October 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: Hemel Hempstead
As a senior member of Economic Growth Team you will manage designated projects including start-up, monitoring implementation, managing partners, reviewing deliverables, synthesizing lessons learned and manage/mentor junior team members.

DAI is looking for a Senior Project Manager, to work as part of their busy Economic Growth Team - part of DAI Europe’s unit delivering major international development projects. The position will be based within DAI Europe; located in spacious, bespoke offices in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, adjacent to fast rail links to London and southeast England.

DAI is widely recognised for its commitment to international development, supported by extensive in-house technical and programme delivery expertise.

Our portfolio of 200 projects in 100 countries crosses multiple disciplines. Our clients include the UK Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, USAID, the European Commission, EBRD, the World Bank, other donors and international lending institutions, and private corporations and philanthropies.

Responding to the needs of our growing business we are recruiting a Senior Project Manager for our Economic Growth Team.  The role will principally involve working closely with colleagues to provide operational and technical support and link field teams to head office resources. 

Candidates with significant, demonstrable trade experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

You will manage designated projects including start-up, monitoring implementation, managing partners, reviewing deliverables and synthesising lessons learned. You will manage and mentor junior team members; work with project teams and accountants and conduct project reviews and field visits.

You will be part of a team managing a portfolio of Economic Growth programmes across multiple donors and geographies. You will work closely with the rest of the team on building knowledge and networks and developing new business opportunities and innovative solutions across these rapidly evolving sectors.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant field e.g. International Development, Trade, Economics or similar.
  • Evidenced experience in a development environment – either in a developing country or within a development consultancy/organisation or NGO.
  • Experience working with major UK or International Donors.
  • Evidenced project management experience – preferably with disparate or remote teams.
  • Good understanding of programme management systems and best practice.
  • Experience of working across a variety of cultures
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to gender equality and social inclusion
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (additional languages are an asset).  


  • evidenced overseas working experience in a development environment.
  • good understanding of proposal development.
  • mentoring team members
  • negotiation skills


S/he will also be:

  • Commercially astute with demonstrable aptitude in client service and management
  • Driven and motivated combined with the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships both internally and externally to deliver against programme and business targets thus achieving the goals of DAI Europe.
  • Flexible, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to strict deadlines.
  • Able and willing to travel internationally.


Salary offered will be commensurate with relevant experience. A generous benefits package includes company pension, private health scheme, cycle to work scheme and contribution to gym membership (after a qualifying period).

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom.

First interviews will be held progressively from 21st October 2019. More detailed company information is available at 



Region: London and the southeast
Location: Hemel Hempstead
Sector: Consulting Projects and programmes

Application notes

If this role sounds interesting and you would like to be part of DAI’s growing business, bidding for and managing programmes around the world, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please apply via the following link.

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