TRAction Project Coordinator
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Division & Project Overview:
Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project ( ) is a global implementation science effort focused on supporting research in the areas of Maternal Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). TRAction awards funding to research organizations, especially those from developing countries, to develop, test, and compare approaches to more effectively deliver, increase utilization, achieve coverage, and scale-up priority evidence-based interventions. The project works with USAID/Washington; USAID missions; regional, host country and U.S. research organizations; other USAID MNCH projects; as well as other donors and service-delivery partners and Ministries of Health and receives field support from USAID Missions interested in bringing implementation science into their health programs. This project is directed by URC in collaboration with its partner, the Harvard University School of Public Health (HSPH)

Roles and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Senior Project Coordinator for the TRAction project, the Project Coordinator will provide administrative, financial, event planning and travel support.

Support for the TRAction Project
  • Provide administrative, technical and financial management support to Senior Project Coordinator and staff. This involves:
    • Review subaward expenditures against budgets and updating financial trackers.
    • Monitor progress toward program objectives and contract deliverables through the establishment and use of project trackers.
    • Process documentation required to recruit and contract consultants and subcontractors; perform the actions necessary to initiate appropriate contractual mechanisms.
    • Assist in tracking and saving subaward deliverables and developing and ensuring quality of project deliverables to include reports, summaries and success stories. These deliverables may require writing, editing, proofreading, translating and/or coordinating translation services.
· Coordinate grant management and capacity building activities in compliance with USAID regulations and obtain necessary approvals for TRAction and subawardee personnel, as required;
· Support the RFA process by posting the RFA online and through the project database: tracking responses, distributing materials to TRP members, compiling responses, support notification and communications for respondents and awardees, prepare Award Package for USAID/OAA (Contracts office) with justification memo.
· Coordinate project activities with partners and other organizations as appropriate. Prepare for meetings and presentations of project activities (set up meetings, develop PowerPoint presentations, etc.);
· Maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic and paper filing systems for assigned projects;
· Assist with proposal development and provide support to other projects as needed.

Support to the TRAction Team:
· Coordinate meetings, conferences, and scheduling for TRAction team; including invitations, material printing, note taking etc.
· Provide overall assistance to the TRAction Team Leader for the smooth operation of the project including coordination with other business units of the company
· Assist and provide support to respond to requests for assistance from TRAction team as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in administration, business management; international development or related field PLUS two to three years of experience working on government international donor funded projects in a programmatic and financial management capacity. A Master's degree or credits may substitute for a year of relevant work experience. International field experience (such as Peace Corps service or equivalent) is valued, while not required.
  • Strong financial skills, including experience reviewing expenditure vouchers and accompanying receipts, and strong budgeting skills, including experience with and aptitude for creating budget scenarios, projecting expenditures based on clear assumptions, and tracking actual expenditures against projections.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to ask questions when needed to get clarification on project assignments. Strong research skills.
  • Close attention to detail is a key requirement for this job. Must be highly organized, self-motivated, and be able to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and produce work within specific timelines
  • Experience with and an ability to follow United States federal contract procedures and regulations.
  • Experience working in a federal contracting environment. Specifically, experience working with USAID- or CDC- funded programs in an organization focused on international development is desired.
  • Computer literacy is required. Advanced skills in Excel and MS Word a must. Ability in other programs such as Access, and Power Point applications is strongly desired.

Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others.
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced organization by prioritizing and managing multiple priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through required.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external clients.
  • Willingness to travel internationally as needed; prior experience working in developing countries preferred.
  • Language fluency in English as well as a development language (Spanish preferred).

Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in the United States for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.

To Apply:
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at .

You must attach your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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