Program Manager for the Innovation in International Development Laboratory - West Lafayette - Global Engineering Programs

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Location: West Lafayette, INDIANA

Program Manager for the Innovation in International Development Laboratory - West Lafayette - Global Engineering Programs(
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The Office of Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships (GEP2) Innovation in International Development Lab (I2D Lab) helps translate faculty and student innovations to scalable impact in global sustainable development through an enhanced focus on appropriate technologies for roadblock challenges and partnerships for business and entrepreneurship in low and moderate income countries. The I2D Lab emphasizes engineering research and development areas in energy access, healthcare, water and sanitation, labor-saving innovation, humanitarian response, and information and communication technologies for economic development.
The Program Manager supports all phases of research projects and it starts with developing and maintaining relationships with a portfolio of top NGO's and donors to generate new opportunities.  Responsibilities include working closely with faculty and students to support contract development, project research, and project report submissions.  Additionally, the Program Manager supports the I2D Lab Seed Grant Program and helps coordinate the annual I2D Lab expo that celebrates engineering innovation in international development.



  • Master’s degree with at least one degree an engineering, science, agriculture, technology, international development, international economics, peace studies, or other related field
  • Three years of experience in international development in one of these areas: energy access, healthcare, water and sanitation, labor-saving innovation, disaster relief, or information and communication technologies for economic development
  • Experience in one of the following: social issues in technology adoption in emerging economies, integrating local businesses/entrepreneurs in emerging economies into international development solutions, or effective social entrepreneurship models in international development
  • Experience in working with donors to develop and manage new projects in international development and networking with non-governmental organizations, corporations, government entities, academic institutions, and other stakeholders engaged in international development
  • Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated experience in delivering effective presentations, project reports, and written materials for grant proposals
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to mentor students and work effectively with cross-discipline teams  
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage and execute multiple tasks
  • A valid US or Canadian driver's license
  • 20% travel and ability to travel internationally for extended periods
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. frequently, and up to 20 lbs. occasionally
  • Ability to work outdoors 10% of the time

  • Foreign language skills desirable, especially in major languages of relevance to international development projects such as Spanish, French, Kiswahili, Arabic, or languages from the Indian sub-continent.

Additional Information:
  • A background check will be required for employment.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer.

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