Project and Country Management

Project Manager

3-5yr. intermediate


With more than 30 years of experience, CowaterSogema is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development. We have managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe for clients such as DFID, DFAT Australia, the World Bank and Global Affairs Canada. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, economic and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018.


CowaterSogema is currently recruiting a Project Manager for The Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development (CTIF) project. CTIF supports priority trade and investment related capacity building and policy reforms that have a high potential to reduce poverty in developing countries in the Asia Pacific. The project is responsible for the identification and deployment of technical assistance to respond to requests (mandates) from partner developing countries in the eligible countries of this region. CowaterSogema International ( and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada ( jointly implement CTIF on behalf of the Government of Canada (DFATD).

Candidates must be fluent in English. The successful candidate will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia for a term of 6.5 years. This posting is best suited for individuals already based in Southeast Asia.



  • Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Development, or related field.

Minimum Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing large and complex (5 million+, 3+ years) international development projects;
  • Experience with project financial management and oversight;
  • Experience managing multi-country projects;
  • Experience monitoring and reporting on international development projects.


  • The specific responsibilities of the Project Manager include the following:
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with key senior-level stakeholders, and with Canadian missions, Asia Pacific national and sub-national governments, regional development and governance institutions, private sector organizations and, non-government actors in Asia Pacific;
  • Develop, or oversee development of mandate level terms of reference and workplan as well as workplan guidelines, proposal templates, assessment guidelines and procedures manual;
  • Coordinate and implement the provision of information sessions to local partners interested in submitting an application for CTIF;
  • In collaboration / consultation with the Project Director and Project Administrator, and using trade, investment, gender equality and environmental expertise, assess mandate level applications against application assessment guidelines and provide a recommendation to DFATD as to whether the pplication should move forward, requires further refinement or development, or should not be implemented;
  • Maintain technical oversight of contracted technical assistance expertise in a multitude of developing countries from the project office in Southeast Asia;
  • Maintain a high-level awareness of the political, social and economic realities in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region and ensure that all recommendations and advice are based on the most recent socio-economic analysis;
  • Maintain an awareness of the activities of other bilateral, regional and multilateral donors undertaking similar activities and make recommendations for joint implementation and analysis, where appropriate. Ensure that the DFATD is apprised of potential complementarities and / or duplications of effort;
  • Identify and develop solutions to challenges in implementing mandates as they arise;
  • Liaise, negotiate and coordinate activities with multilateral stakeholders and partners such as regional institutions, Asia Pacific national and sub-national governments, private sector, and civil society entities;
  • Collect and share lessons learned on technical assistance implementation with the DFATD, experts and implementing partners;
  • Facilitate coordination and collaboration among Personnel under his/her supervision;
  • Maintain an accurate database of key beneficiaries to support follow-up activities;
  • Maintain an accurate database of applications and technical assistance initiatives (mandates) being implemented;
  • Contribute to and support development of marketing and pre-mandate briefing material/sessions, including specific country toolkits as required;
  • Prepare semi-annual and annual project progress reports;
  • Oversee development of the project monitoring and evaluation procedures and templates;
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize results and ensure reporting and results-based management requirements are met and submitted to the DFATD in a timely manner;
  • Ensure project-level gender equality, environment, governance objectives are met and integrated into project reporting.

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