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Job ID: 205610

Project Manager - Feinstein Center
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 15, 2023
Title Project Manager - Feinstein Center
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


The Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University promotes the use of evidence and learning in operational and policy responses to protect and strengthen the lives, livelihoods, and dignity of people affected by or at risk of humanitarian crises across the globe. The Center combines a unique approach drawing on both academic rigor and practitioner knowledge to support affected communities and the programs that support them. The center works across a range of contexts in risk of a humanitarian crisis and receives grants and contracts for international projects and programs.


The Center will implement two new projects from USAID focused on i) integrated livestock management for nutrition of children under five years of age in Chad (Chad Project) and ii) early warning systems in pastoral areas in the Sudano-Sahel and Greater Horn of Africa (EWS Project). These projects are both three-year projects, running from October 2022 to September 2025. The Project Manager will work across both of these projects and will report to the respective Principal Investigators (PIs). In addition, the Project Manager will dedicate a portion of his/her time to the broader communication needs of the Center.

What You'll Do

This is a limited term position ending September 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding.


The Project Manager for these projects will provide specialized subject matter knowledge to manager, monitor, develop, implement, and oversee the projects in collaboration with the Principal Investigators. The Project Manager will handle the below duties.

  • Develops work plans and strategies in collaboration with the PIs, data management and reporting systems
  • Manages program/project financial, operational, and human resources, donor reporting requirements, Tufts and external ethical research submissions and approvals, deadlines and timeframes, sub-contracts and consultants
  • Contributes to preparation and finalization of outputs and training materials
  • Organizes team and PI logistics, including pre and post travel finances and approvals
  • Collaborates with Tufts and FIC administration, finance, and Global Affairs teams
  • May contribute to research, data analysis, result writing and reporting

The Project Manager will also dedicate 20% of their time to work on general Feinstein International Center communications.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by a Master’s degree in related discipline and 5-8 years of program or project management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular demonstrated ability to write about research activities and findings in plain English.
  • Experience facilitating group meetings.
  • Excellent skills with online collaboration environments, including zoom.
  • Demonstrated organization skills and ability to handle multiple projects and concurrent deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Experience with grant accounting, working with grant budgets and financial management software.
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, WordPress, and MailChimp.
  • Experience maintaining and growing institutional social media channels, in particular Twitter.
  • Experience planning logistics and content for in-person and online events.
  • Ability to relate effectively to people across national and cultural boundaries.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of federal regulations related to the conduct of research and of contract management in an institution of higher education.
  • 3 years of related experience in research and/or humanitarian or development programming;
  • Experience working on research/development projects, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience with pastoral populations and early warning systems.
  • Experience with creative and interactive facilitation methods to encourage collaboration between people of different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • A desire to work as a member of a team of academics and practitioners which embraces multidisciplinary approaches and methods.

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