Project Manager

Global Sustainable Aid Project

Full time, Contract


The position is approved within a consortium primed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS)  from USAID/BHA running through September 2021. After that, contingent on winning a USAID 5-year award beginning October 2021.


About GSAP

The Global Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP) was founded in 2007. GSAP’s mission is to bring safer sanitation, better education and sustainable development to rural communities through sustainable aid practices. Website:    


GSAP’s Microflush vermi-composting toilets won a $100,000 prize from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011. After receiving numerous small grants for building this innovative solution to the ills of poor sanitation in about 20 countries, GSAP now has a service agreement with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ethiopia through  The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) to expand the sanitation success that GSAP has led in other countries. This position would primarily oversee the Ethiopian project and could grow as the right person advances GSAP’s other programs in education and health in the developing world.


CRS’ Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) is a USAID/BHA supported initiative to sustain and build upon the previous food security improvements achieved under the Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE) framework of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).  PSNP IV is the most recent iteration and has expanded from its traditional emphasis on food and cash transfers for work and maternal, child health and nutrition (MCHN) and WASH to now include Gender, Youth, and Economic Livelihoods (on-farm, off-farm, and employment pathways).  The goal of the CRS DFSA is: Food, Nutrition and Livelihoods Security of Households and Communities Improved and Sustained. To this end, GSAP’s technical lead role in the improvement of sanitation hardware and practices is vital. The DFSA has three Purposes (PSNP Systems, Economic Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition) and one cross-cutting Sub-Purpose (Gender and Youth). The results framework is as follows:


·       Women and youth have increased access to and control of community and HH resources (Cross-cutting)

·       GoE and community systems respond to reduce communities' and households' vulnerability to shocks (Purpose I)

·       Households improve their sustainable livelihood and economic wellbeing (Purpose II)

·       Pregnant and lactating women and children under five have improved nutritional status (Purpose III)


CRS’ DFSA is implemented by CRS, Mercy Corps, MCS and Hararghe Catholic Secretariats (HCS).  The DFSA operates in three zones (Arsi, West Arsi and East Hararghe) of Oromia regional state and Dire Dawa Administrative Council. Overall, there are nine woredas - Deder, Melka Belo, Midega Tola, Arsi Negele, Ziway Dugda, Shalla, Babile, Dire Dawa and Heben Arsi.  The project operates in four livelihoods zones and plans to serve 48,125 PSNP HHs through livelihoods sector organizing as livelihoods groups (LGs). The overall target is 240,625 direct beneficiaries with the combined purposes. The next pending DFSA will expand this territory to approximately double the current size.


GSAP is the newest member of this consortium and it will maximize the scope, network and experience on the ground to deliver highly impactful sanitation interventions that will enhance the food security targets.


Project Manager

The Project Manager oversees technical implementation toward achieving project goals to bring Microflush toilets to the communities served and create small businesses as a sustainable solution in the context of this large USAID BHA project. The PM assures smooth coordination with CRS and partners in Ethiopia seeing that all deliverables are met, especially regular reports, certification of builders, mapping, inspection, logistics of activities, continuous improvement, and evaluation.  Responsibilities include:


1.     Writing mandatory reports and managing all GSAP communications, social media presence. As needed, the Project Manager designs and delivers presentations on GSAP activities at stakeholder meetings and coordinates communication with GSAP staff in Ethiopia. Coordinates all communication between GSAP, CRS and other partners in Ethiopia.


2.     Budget management and financial reporting.  


3.     In addition to providing guidance to team members, the Project Manager manages the hiring and training of staff and contributes to staff evaluation as needed. Arranges all travel logistics and HR needs for the team.


4.     Technical analysis/interpretation to package field findings, challenges, successes, and emerging opportunities. Managing of field activities, targeting and goals.


5.     Coordinating support with the CRS DFSA  on-going improvement methodology called Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL). Keeping metrics of implementation in the field.


6.     Sufficient knowledge of IT for reporting and data collection in the field, ability to learn and adapt to CRS IT to support current data platforms such as CommCare and PowerBI a top priority.


7.     Design educational resources, such as: Banners, Posters, Facilitation Guides, Booklets, Job Aids, Certificates, etc.


These core responsibilities are not exhaustive. The person should be able to be flexible and adapt to the tasks as the project unfolds.




  • Master's degree in international development, international relations, or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • 5 years of related work experience in project administration/management. Preferably some prior experience working on USAID contracts, with CRS, or other international NGO.
  • 1 or more years of related field experience  in international development is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; detail-oriented and comfortable working with deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and to work independently, willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
  • Ability to lead a team and manage tasks.
  • Grant writing ability 
  • Experience conducting research and analyzing data
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, reference management software, and social media applications (e.g., Twitter). Ability to work with budgets in Excel. Knowledge of Epicollect, CommCare or other field data collection app is a plus.
  • Fluency in English required.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This position will involve 75% travel mainly to Ethiopia and will require considerable flexibility in working schedule. This may involve working outside normal hours in order to meet the demands of the team members located in other parts of the world in varying time zones.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


Primary Location: United States

Job: Administration

Organization: GSAP

Employee Status: Limited Appointment pending winning the USAID BHA award for next 5-year DFSA in Ethiopia.

Schedule: Full-time


Contact: Dr. Terry McGoldrick, GSAP President at [email protected]



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