Deputy Director

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Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 1 July 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description

Job Summary:

Provides portfolio management leadership in the management, implementation, prioritization, sequencing, and selection of projects. Integrates the planning process with the portfolio prioritization process to ensure alignment of the portfolio with the organization’s objectives and constraints. Develops and delivers action-oriented portfolio scorecards, metrics, governance and reporting to support decision making. Provides project and program management services including; mentoring, project management best practices, tools and templates. Acts as a communication conduit for portfolio -related project status, actions, decisions, risks and issues and schedules for strategic initiatives. Partners with Project Management Standards Offices to resolve issues and ensure cross- functional project process consistency. May function as a Project Director on large complex multi-sector projects; possesses the skill to manage people, events and diverse cultures and must be proficient in a specific area of expertise. Builds the skills and capabilities of project staff managing projects within the portfolio.

Accountabilities:

  • Directs Program and Project Management Leading Practices, Mentoring and Support initiatives.
  • Supports Director in fulfilling program objectives for HO and field activities
  • Supervises team members and mentors them to support their productivity and growth
  • Writes and/or contributes to proposals for the program’s portfolio
  • Leads co-creation of rigorous research on civil society and media topics that yields actionable information and knowledge products for development practitioners
  • Drafts and/or edits knowledge projects for development practitioners
  • Oversees ME&L and reporting functions for the program’s portfolio of projects
  • Fosters innovation and drives adoption of leading practices and provides subject matter expertise to Project Managers, Project Directors, Director, Programs and Functional Managers and/or business partners related to the project management function, process and/or tools.
  • Supports business oriented project management aiding in execution and decision support.
  • Actively works with the project, program managers, and other key team members on project and program management techniques and in the creation of appropriate project and program governance.
  • Provides capacity planning models and identifies potential resource conflicts across the portfolio.
  • Identifies, documents and communicates inter-project dependencies.
  • Establishes and facilitates the project portfolio change management process.
  • Maintains an overall governance and understanding of dependencies associated with resources and projects across the project portfolio.
  • Communication conduit for business project status, actions, decisions, risks and issues and schedules for project portfolio.
  • Provides project, program and portfolio metrics, and analytics to support business and executive decision making.
  • Provides communications to senior management through dashboards and reporting.
  • Provides reporting and governance of the portfolio financial health.
  • Directs and manages services provider and ensures adherence to the Statement of Work.
  • Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices with project management, process development and execution.
  • Knowledge of non-profit funding streams, including government and philanthropic.
  • Strong time-management, multi- tasking and organizational skills.
  • Strong negotiator and collaborator who strengthens business relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Excellent and demonstrated public relations, policy development, project management and diplomacy skills required.
  • Adaptable to new approaches to doing business.
  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to speak the country’s language.
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and where appropriate, donor representatives.
  • Ability to take initiative and focus on results.
  • Ability to learn new skills and systems, with an entrepreneurial work ethic.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • ​Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years with project management experience. 10+ years preferred working for USAID.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-sector project management and implementation.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international in scope.
  • Highly proficient with MS Project, and the Microsoft suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio).
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language.
  • Experience operating in insecure environments.
  • Experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO).

Travel Requirements:

  • 10%-25%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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