Deputy Director, SMART4TB

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 April 2021
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Job Description


Vital Strategies is anticipating a five-year USAID-funded global SMART4TB project that will stimulate the development and implementation of new tools and approaches to accelerate the prevention, detection and management of tuberculosis in adults and children and strengthen local capacity to design, implement, disseminate and use findings from TB research.

In anticipation of this project, Vital Strategies is seeking a Deputy Project Director (DPD) who will be responsible for overseeing this critically important multi-million dollar, multi-year project. The DPD will provide overall day to day oversight, operational interface for regional and country teams and support the Project Director to ensure leadership and management adheres to quality standards.

The Deputy Director may be based in New York or one of Vital Strategies’ country offices depending on project requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical/Research Responsibilities -

  • Provide technical oversight in the development and implementation of new tools and approaches to accelerate the prevention, detection, and management of tuberculosis in adults and children.
  • Provide technical assistance to strengthen regional and local capacity to design, implement, disseminate and use findings from TB research.
  • Support the strategic direction of the Project Director, guiding overall research prioritization and execution for the award to meet program goals and targets.

Management Responsibilities -

  • Support the Project Director and project staff to provide administrative, programmatic, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the project, to ensure that all interventions are technically sound and appropriate and executed to meet the donor’s performance standards.
  • Oversee the development, review and submission of high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, M&E reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor.
  • Track progress of the project implementation, including progress toward achieving stated objectives and benchmarks with high-quality and on-time performance.
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned are use for program improvement.
  • Provide leadership and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with regional and country technical experts.
  • Ensure timely and transparent communications with Vital Strategies and partner home offices.


Education and Degree -

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in public health or a related field required.
  • A MD/PHD strongly preferred.

Skills & Abilities -

  • Proven ability to manage large, complex USAID-funded projects; knowledge of and familiarity with USAID program requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, experimental design, and data collection and statical analysis.
  • Proven ability to lead all aspects of grant and administration, and technical assistance staff with a commitment to teamwork
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.


Required -

  • At least 10 years of technical expertise in TB service delivery, research implementation science, operational or clinical research, DR- and MDR-TB program management, local organization engagement, and capacity building for TB programming.

Preferred -

  • Knowledge of Taleo a plus

Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel at least 30% of the time both internationally and domestically (pending appropriate levels of safety and security).
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Additional language skills (particularly in French or other languages spoken in USAID TB priority countries) would be an added asset
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via the Vital Strategies Career page on our website. The closing date for applications is May 10, 2021.

Application link:

About the Organization

Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

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