Management Systems International (MSI)

Technical Director (Democracy & Governance)

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

Technical Director, Democracy and Governance, Arlington, VA Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, peace and stability, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Position Summary:

Technical Directors (TDs) serve various functions within MSI depending upon their specific skill set and technical expertise, providing technical guidance for project implementation, proposals, and design, strengthening MSI as an industry leader. Technical Directors are responsible for ensuring that the solutions we present to our clients are representative of MSI's approaches for producing quality products and reflect client responsiveness. This job description is for a TD position within the Rule of Law/Anti-Corruption practice area. MSI is seeking individuals with experience in rule of law, governance, or anti-corruption fields. The description below is intended to summarize the range of responsibilities that TDs may have. Whether some responsibilities have greater or lesser emphasis will be determined in consultation with the TD's supervisor. The TD will be supervised by the Practice Area Director, Democracy and Governance, but can expect to work in the context of teams and projects that span the full range of MSI's practice areas.

*Please note: U.S. work authorization is required for this position.* Responsibilities:

Project Management:
  • As a member of one or multiple Project Team/s, the TD provides technical expertise and oversight from the home office on all technical issues impacting project design, development and implementation, in consultation and Coordination with the Chief of Party (COP)
  • Provide technical input on the financial and operational requirements of the project, including the design and management of the budget
  • Contribute to and oversee client reporting requirements
  • Ensure all client deliverables and client requests are answered
  • Conduct regular field visits to projects to provide technical expertise, as needed
  • Attend high profile events, meet with project staff and local partners, and establish direct relations with key donors including USAID and others
  • Extract lessons learned, best practices and tools during project implementation
  • Facilitate transfer of information to MSI staff through its knowledge management system and other internal information-sharing mechanisms
  • Provide mentorship and professional development opportunities to mid-level staff, including Technical Managers, Technical Associates, and Program Managers
Business Development:
  • Identify and track potential business development pursuits to effectively position and prepare MSI for anticipated bid solicitations
  • Serve as Coordinator" id="link" class="link">Technical Coordinator (Honcho), or lead technical writer on project bid solicitations within the Democracy and Governance practice and, more generally, the Democracy and Conflict sector
  • Ensure effective coordination with MSI's Business Development Unit during the proposal preparation process
  • Provide Technical Support to bid solicitations in other technical areas in the event there is a business need
  • Conduct field-based reconnaissance, recruitment and research in support of proposal preparation in the subject country, as needed
  • Oversee the design, development, drafting and review of project proposals
  • Provide mentorship, management and oversight to mid-level technical staff in designated proposal development tasks and assignments
Technical Work:
  • Provide both short- or long-term technical assistance to clients, as required in the context of MSI contractual mechanisms, including stand-alone projects and IDIQ mechanisms
Thought Leadership and Professional Development:
  • Participate in industry conferences, expert panels, committees, and events to develop contacts and foster professional relationships that will raise MSI's profile as a leading player in core democracy and conflict sector programing areas
  • Prepare publications and/or facilitate events that highlight the candidate's specific technical expertise and/or country/regional knowledge that will position MSI as a thought leader on issues relevant to the governance and anti-corruption practice area

  • Master's degree in political science, sociology, economics, political geography, social anthropology, public Administration, international development, or related area required, Ph.D. preferred
  • Minimum of fifteen years of progressive work experience supporting donor funded DRG/Conflict-related programming, including in volatile and/or fragile contexts
  • Experience managing DRG/Conflict-related donor funded projects
  • Experience with field project implementation in fragile and/or conflict-affected environments preferred
  • Expertise in designing and implementing cutting-edge approaches in DRG/Conflict-related fields
  • Demonstrated success in winning new work, including the ability to lead technical writing for strategic company bids within key DRG/Conflict-related technical areas
  • Ability to work with diverse teams of technical operational and business development staff
  • Ability to travel when required
  • English fluency required, Arabic, French or Spanish fluency preferred
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations: MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

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