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Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Ced International Studies In Education 40001059
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Project Manager

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) has received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement capacity-building in response to its Transforming Higher Education Systems project. This is a 5-year, $17 million collaboration between MSU, World, and multiple higher education partners in Malawi. It draws upon the experience and expertise across several colleges and units at MSU. The PM will work with project leaders to ensure the successful coordination and implementation of MSU-and Malawi-based technical assistance, and the preparation and submission of USAID-required administrative and activity reports. The PM will join the principal and co-principal investigators and the in-country Chief of Party on the project senior leadership team.

Position responsibilities include: Overseeing, in coordination with the PI and co-PIs, the day-to-day project management and operations, meeting reporting requirements, administrative and financial procedures, and partner relationships. Supporting project planning, monitoring, performance, evaluation, and reporting. Communicating and assisting with field-office requests and ensuring adherence to program requirements and government regulations. When required, serving as the day-to-day MSU representative for the project and point of contact for USAID and Malawi partners. Managing project reporting, including developing templates for quarterly, annual, and other project reports; providing guidance to teams on drafting reports; and reviewing and providing quality control for reports to ensure they need USAID needs and requirements. Contributing to the implementation of the project’s strategic short and long-term vision. Ensuring that all the project’s goals and activities are achieved and that all the project’s deadlines are met. Working with the consortium and the MSU team to strengthen partnerships with stakeholders. Performing other duties as assigned.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Business administration, higher education, international development, or a STEM-related field

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Higher education, STEM education

Minimum Requirements

5 or more years of experience working in a managerial position on an  international educational or capacity-building  project or a USAID development project, with administrative oversight that includes the preparation of work plans, reports, budgets, etc


Desired Qualifications

Doctorate or equivalent degree in higher education, STEM education, or international development. Experience working in or with higher education systems in Eastern Africa, as well as in the US.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, CV

Special Instructions

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Department Statement

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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