Senior Project Lead, DPRK Counterproliferation
Job Details
HQ - Arlington, VA
Full Time

CRDF Global seeks an experienced Senior Project Lead to support our efforts to build the capacity of partner governments and the private sector to enforce UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) related to North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile programs. Important stakeholders in UNSCR enforcement such as customs officials, industry regulators, compliance officers, IT security personnel, and others are required to take action to prevent North Korea from exploiting their activities to benefit its WMD programs. These capacity building engagements provide a tremendous benefit that enable stakeholders to translate UNSCR obligations into robust compliance systems. The portfolio would allow the Senior Project Lead to grow their expertise on a  range of counter-proliferation challenges such as cybersecurity, counter-proliferation finance, trade in luxury goods, maritime and illicit shipping, and others. Under the supervision of the Program Manager and in consultation with the funders and international partners, the Senior Project Lead will apply best practices in project management to coordinate the technical subject matters, financial and budget requirements, and administrative aspects of this large, complex portfolio of activities to ensure CRDF Global, its partners, and the funder can advance international nonproliferation goals and create a more peaceful world. The capacity building activities may include working with lead subject matter experts to convene trainings, workshops, and conferences in both in-person and virtual learning environments as well as grant-making, research competitions, and other activities.


The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, have exceptional communication skills, strong project and financial management skills, attention to detail and organizational skills, be able to manage large, complex multiple projects portfolio simultaneously, and be capable of meeting tight deadlines. The Senior Project Lead will work within the CBRNE Security and Nonproliferation Division, which consist of a combination of Program Managers, Project Leads, Project Associates, Grant/Procurement Managers, Travel/Logistics Managers, and Interns.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides oversight and direction to a team of Project Leads and support staff to implement counter proliferation programming, including making project assignments and managing workflows.
  • Develops and manages a portfolio of complex or large projects (valued at approximately $2M). Designs and implements project plans using best practices for Project Management (for multiple projects) that may include charter, WBS, statements of work, schedules, deliverables, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets; prepares and submits reports and proposed modifications if necessary. Conducts project forecasting and financial management.
  • Participates in managing stakeholder relations and networking with funders.
  • Manages sub-award budgets, including planning, administration and financial reporting of project expenses upon closeout of the sub-award(s).
  • If supervising staff, recruits, hires, on-boards staff; manages their workload; establishes work and development goals with staff; and provides feedback on performance standards.
  • Develops concepts and new project ideas as part of proposal development process
  • Represents program or projects at external events
  • Supports other programs and staff, as required
  • Travels within the U.S. and internationally as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s preferred.
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in a related field such as counter proliferation/nonproliferation, cybersecurity, counter proliferation financing, dual-use technology transfer and export control, or international security.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management best practices.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates strong communication, diplomatic and negotiating skills and good judgment.
  • Solid research and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with other countries and cultures. Knowledge of a foreign language (Chinese, Arabic, French) preferred.
  • Prior experience with remote trainings and education platforms such as Moodle a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and ability to work with more advanced software, such as Microsoft Project is preferred.


CRDF Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

CRDF Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). CRDF Global provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status.