Deputy Project Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 April 2020
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Closing on 15 July 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact seeks a Deputy Project Director for the ACHIEVE Dominican Republic Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.

The OVC program in the Dominican Republic provides targeted support to individuals of Haitian descent and their families to address barriers to care and facilitate access to key complementary services and will build the capacity of local implementing partners to design, implement and track services received in accordance with PEPFAR requirements.

The Deputy Project Director (DPD) will give support to the ACHIEVE/DR Project Director in monitoring and coordinating the different project teams, and in preparing reports and deliverables required by the donor. The DPD will identify relevant strategic information from each team and present it to the project director in a timely manner to facilitate the decision-making process. The DPD would be responsible for establishing the support services network and managing the cost-share processes derived from alliances with the government, the private sector and other local organizations, as part of the community engagement strategy.

**This position is **subject to availability of funds**.

Key Responsibilites

  • Facilitate the coordination and provide support and follow-up to the different project teams in the management of their component, based on the guidelines drawn up by the project director.
  • Supporting the Project Director in technically advising the project team, ensuring that the activities carried out are framed in the work plan and have the expected quality for the achievement of the proposed objectives.
  • Support the Project Director in the articulation of programmatic and financial actions, in the interest of maintaining the strategic vision of the program and internal consistency.
  • Share with the Project Director strategic information relevant to decision-making, related to the country context, donor regulations and guidelines, strategic redirection of another USAID partner linked to the program, or another topic of interest related to the project.
  • Prepare reports and deliverables at the request of the project director, for use or to meet donor requirements, based on the inputs prepared by the project teams.
  • Follow up on the project team in the daily management of their activities, provide the required technical assistance and identify intervention needs of the project director.
  • Identify potential partners who can contribute to the service network and support the implementing partners of the ACHIEVE project, in the identification and concerted partnerships to respond to the program’s service portfolio.
  • Develop planning and proposals in accordance with the requirements for mobilizing resources and delivery of services through the services network.
  • Develop inter-institutional agreements, within the framework of the service network and other alliances of interest to the organization.
  • Coordinate the logistics processes associated with the services network and ensure the development of systems for delivery of resources to program families, in coordination with the managers.
  • Maintain database with relevant and updated information about the services network and other alliances.
  • Manage field visits with partners and allies and serve as a liaison between ACHIEVE and the allies that are part of the service network, providing the information required by both parties.
  • Create or support the mapping of actors for the articulation of the network, at the different levels of project implementation.
  • Work in coordination with the OVC and M&E program team to monitor existing and emerging opportunities based on contextual changes.
  • Document the resources mobilized by service network partners, in coordination with the finance and operations team.
  • Work with the case management team to ensure close links between case management and the mobilized service network resources.
  • Document success stories of family beneficiaries of the program, in order to share with the donor and other stakeholders.
  • Other tasks as assigned by ACHIEVE’s DR Project Director.

Basic Requirements

  • MPH/MPA/MBA or masters in relevant field and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience or a BA/BS with 15 years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a senior manager (a minimum of five years) of USAID-funded programs (preferable).
  • Three years prior experience in managing HIV/AIDS programs funded by PEPFAR (preferable).
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with implementing partners, Private Sector and other stakeholders.
  • Proven skills in building organizational capacity in program and coordination of teams of work.
  • Experience with child welfare and protection programs, systems strengthening, capacity building, economic strengthening, service delivery, quality improvement, or policy development.
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills, including fluency in English and Spanish.
  • At least seven years’ experience managing complex orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) programs, social services programs, and/or public health programs of similar scope and size is desired.
  • Skill and experience in coordinating teams and multidisciplinary strategic actions.
  • Communication skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable.
  • Expertise in and sensitivity to the socio-political barriers facing intended beneficiaries for this program, individuals of Haitian descent residing in the Dominican Republic (TPI) (preferable)
  • Local candidates highly encouraged to apply

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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