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Research and Survey

Operations Coordinator - International Programs

Apply now Job no: 497620 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: International Programs


NORC's International Programs Department (INPRO) seeks an Operations Coordinator to join its dynamic program operations unit to support a growing portfolio of international projects. 

The ideal candidate has strong organizational and budgeting skills, has experience supporting multiple projects simultaneously, is pro-active and an eager learner, and is collaborative and attentive to details. The Operations Coordinator will be part of an operations team that provides financial and contract management support to project staff working on U.S. Agency for International (USAID) and other U.S. government and donor-funded projects.

Responsibilities include managing the day-to-day finances and budgets for international projects; preparing subcontracts and consultant agreements; reviewing and processing subcontractor and consultant invoices in compliance with the agreement; preparing client approval requests; supporting field-based operations by preparing employment agreements, processing monthly payroll, and working with local accounting firms; supporting cost proposal efforts; and others as required. The Operations Coordinator will work collaboratively with project directors and project staff, financial analysts, and accounting personnel to accomplish work.

As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated to comply with the Executive Order issued by President Biden on September 9, 2021.

DEPARTMENT: International Programs

INPRO was established in 2005, and works on impact and performance evaluations, surveys, and qualitative data collection, among other research activities, throughout the developing world. Our research covers a range of sectors including education and training, child and youth well-being, democracy and governance, agriculture, water and sanitation, infrastructure, housing, finance, and health. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in more than 90 countries.

  • Develops project budgets and prepares pipelines to assist with budget forecasting which aligns with work plans;
  • Provides operational support to project directors as it relates to finance, subcontract and consultant management, and other administrative duties;
  • Supports procurement of services, adhering to federal and USAID regulations;
  • Prepares client approval requests as required by the agreement;
  • Prepares cost proposals including budgets and budget narratives; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • Bachelors’ Degree in International Development, Business Management, Economics, Finance, or related field; Masters’ Degree preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years of professional experience in relevant field.
  • Excellent budgeting skills using Excel.
  • Some knowledge of USG rules and regulations in both acquisition and assistance.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal in English.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite. Familiarity with accounting software, CostPoint and/or Focus Point preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Fluency in additional languages is preferred. 

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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