Principal Associate, Economic Policy and Governance (EP&G), International Development

December 11 2020
Arlington, VA , United States


Nathan Associates "Nathan" is a leading provider of analytic and economic consultancy services worldwide. In the past decade, we have implemented more than 120 projects in more than 50 countries leveraging our global presence in Washington DC, London, and India. From improved transparency and deeper stakeholder engagement to more effective policies and more resilient businesses, we deliver results that impact economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. We are passionate about applying our deep analytical expertise and advanced proprietary tools to generate economic solutions tailored to our clients’ unique challenges.  Nathan focuses on a range of economic development subject matter areas including Trade & Logistics; Economic Policy & Governance; Private Sector Development; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Financial Solutions. 


Nathan is seeking a Principal Associate to support the Economic Policy and Governance (EP&G) group within the International Development line of business from our home office in Arlington, Virginia.  They will be supported by and be responsible for leading economists and project management staff and will oversee a portfolio of long-term projects that provide technical assistance in public financial management (PFM), domestic resource mobilization (DRM), and economic policy reform and analysis to developing countries. This role may require intermittent travel to the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The PA position will be based in Arlington, Virginia and will be remote during COVID. Nathan Associates will not be offering a relocation package.

Job Description:
  • Business Development –  Lead and participate in business development activities, including proposal preparation and management (most commonly, this is as a lead drafter of technical proposals or as capture lead) and securing new business. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a successful track record of donor-funded pursuits as responsibilities will the preparation of proposals to USAID, World Bank, and other donors; gathering background information on upcoming solicitations through travel to the field and building professional networks. Additional responsibilities will include supporting the drafting and conceptualization of firm-wide or practice-specific marketing materials. Speak at international, regional, and national conferences related to public financial management, macroeconomic policy development, macroeconomic modeling and forecasting, and domestic revenue mobilization.   Develop and maintain contacts with potential clients, partners, consultants, and international institutions
  • Technical Delivery -  Prepare reports or presentations for clients and counterparts on a range of technical subjects relating to the practice area and client interests. Develop proprietary tools/methodologies for broader potential application, serve as a short-term or intermittent technical advisor as required to support project delivery.
  • Project Management-  Serve as home office project manager for designated donor projects. Manage complex projects (for clients or for internal initiatives), including providing technical direction, staffing, contractual/subcontract oversight, budgeting, monitoring of progress, review/revision of final products. Prepare terms of reference for technical assistance activities for designated projects, including initiation of concept, technical design, and staffing. Mentor, train, and oversee work of young professionals; and
  • Internal capacity building– Provide informal and formal training and mentoring to EP&G staff.   Support internal corporate initiatives and implement corporate policies and practices.

  • MPA or M.A/M.S. degree in relevant field required; PhD preferred
  • Twelve or more years of relevant work experience in the development and application of macroeconomic policy; quantitative analysis, modeling; designing, developing and implementing public financial management reforms, including domestic resource mobilization reforms; experience with donor-funded and/or development-related technical assistance projects, including advising senior government, private sector, and NGO counterparts; previous public sector experience preferred. Ten years of experience with PhD.
  • Applicants must be self-directed and demonstrate an aptitude to work in a team environment, both as a leader and team player, and possess excellent management, communication, business development
  • Substantial experience in project management; previous work experience across a range of donors; and
  • Demonstrated leadership, decision-making, teambuilding, and management skills.
  • Developing country experience strongly preferred (former Peace Corps Volunteers, ODI Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply)