Apr 30, 2024

Strategic Initiatives Project Manager, External Relations

  • Evidence Action
  • Hybrid (Washington D.C., DC, USA)
Full-Time Data/Analysis Strategic Planning

Job Description

About the External Relations team

The External Relations team leads fundraising and communications, positioning Evidence Action to donors, partners, governments, and media. We develop and execute strategic approaches to strengthen our resource mobilization and brand; prospect and secure grants and donations from a variety of institutional and individual donors and donor networks; and coordinate internally to create and take advantage of opportunities for funding and dissemination of our impact. Our team works across multiple time zones, so a candidate with a willingness to work asynchronously and iterate quickly is advantageous. We value collaboration,  foster accountability, encourage constructive feedback, and provide growth opportunities - all while innovating and adapting to maximize our contribution to impact.

About the role

In our first decade, Evidence Action’s groundbreaking approach enabled us to reach over half a billion people globally with lifesaving and life-improving interventions.  Looking forward, we have a bold agenda to further grow and deepen our impact. 

We will seek to scale a set of evidence-based, cost-effective ‘big bets’ that will dramatically improve health and wellbeing for millions globally. Scaling these programs requires capital, which in turn requires creativity given the (donor) neglectedness of many of the areas in which we operate. To accomplish this vision, we need aligned donors and partners willing to provide flexible, risk-bearing funding at large-scale in pursuit of transformational outcomes.    

Reporting to the Chief Engagement Officer, you will play a key role in preparing the CEO, Chief Engagement Officer, and executive leadership to engage with diverse external stakeholders and potential donors; manage strategic, high-value workstreams across the External Relations department; and guide increased team efficiency. You are entrepreneurial, accustomed to a rapid pace of work, and enjoy using analysis and data to develop new and better ways of working. 

This role will either be hybrid in our DC office location, or remote for the right candidate.


Key Responsibilities:

  • You will support the CEO, Chief Engagement Officer, and other executive leadership to prepare for external engagements, including preparation of background materials, emails, and pitches 

  • You will help develop executive-level presentations and related materials, working closely with teams from across the organization

  • You will lead in the planning, management, and metrics tracking for strategic work streams across the External Relations department, and in collaboration with cross-functional teams

  • You will conduct in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses, including the development of recommendations, to inform revenue generation strategies and resource needs

  • You will develop processes and tools to “uplevel” efficiencies of our External Relations department, including oversight of important systems and workflows.

Hiring Organization

Evidence Action


Required Qualifications:

  • You have 2-4 years of experience in management consulting, special projects roles, or chief of staff-type roles with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration, Public Policy or related degree

  • You can manage projects through their life cycles, and multiple projects simultaneously, taking into account moving priorities across a matrixed environment

  • You have advanced executive-level writing skills and excel at developing presentations using PowerPoint/Google Slides

  • You can develop strategic recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative analysis

  • You strive for efficiency and embody a process mindset, combined with experience in change management

  • You enjoy building collaborative relationships, and planning to future needs while incorporating multiple perspectives

  • You have experience in real-time iteration and can use an analytical approach to trade risks with rewards and support innovation

  • You have experience managing with, presenting to, and managing a variety of stakeholders

  • You’re a team player, willing to jump in, take on priority tasks, and support others 

  • You’re passionate for the mission of Evidence Action and for creating value in international development.


We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of a U.S. employment visa at this time. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. for roles based in the U.S.

Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Industry/Service Area



Mid-Senior level


Evidence Action provides a comprehensive benefits package for employees worldwide. Benefits include:

  • comprehensive health insurance,

  • retirement savings options,

  • life insurance, 

  • generous leave, 

  • avenues for engagement and recognition.

*Benefits may differ based on country-specific regulations

Application Instructions

** Please note we do not accept emailed applications. In order to be considered, please apply directly on Evidence Action's careers page with the link provided. Thank you! 

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