Deputy Project Director - Global COVID-19 Program

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 23 July 2020
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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 is recruiting for a Deputy Project Director for an upcoming global project based in Washington, DC - New Partnership Initiative (NPI) – Global Health, COVID-19 program, which will support interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to leverage the roles of communities to strengthen and adapt existing community health platforms to support national policies and implementation plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response (non-pharmaceutical interventions) and continuity of existing primary healthcare services based on national guidelines and needs/priorities to create lasting structures for future response. The Deputy Project Director will provide day-to-day administrative and operational leadership and oversight for the overall program, including country-based programming, with an eye towards human resources, knowledge management, finance, compliance, transparency and accountability. S/he will provide strategic planning leadership to operationalize the global platform of the program and support country-specific start-ups and close-downs. S/he will track the budget to ensure that spending is in-line with projections and the workplan. S/he will ensure that technical targets are in line with the available budget. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with country-based programs to ensure that they align with the technical requirements and expectations of the overall program.
  • Manage program’s day-to-day operations including administration, human resources, logistics, budgeting and financial accounting with an eye towards maximum efficiency.
  • Provide technical support, mentoring, or training to program staff when knowledge gaps or opportunities for increased effectiveness are identified.
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with key stakeholders such as host-government ministries, development partners, private sector partners, civil society organizations and networks, universities, professional organizations.
  • Contribute to project planning (i.e., development of work plans and operating budget).
  • Oversee and ensure that Pact provides high-quality technical assistance to local partners.
  • Thoughtfully contribute to all project reporting and external communications.
  • Ensure that program meets financial targets and makes accurate projections.
  • Work closely with the Program Director to collaborate with and report to USAID.
  • Lead efforts to mentor and build the capacity of staff members through trainings, peer exchanges and communities of practice.
  • Lead or initiate start-up and close-down of associate awards.
  • Coordinate with country-based programs to ensure that workplan is being followed.
  • In coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation staff, facilitate data collection and knowledge management from all country-based programs.
  • As required, serve as Acting Project Director.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a related field such as in public health, international development, or international relations.
  • At least eleven years of program management experience in international development or a related field (or nine years with a Master’s degree)
  • At least 5 years of experience managing highly complex large value USAID programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Critical thinker with a can-do approach to problem solving, disaggregating large/complex problems to identify underlying drivers and critical nuances
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to travel internationally on short notice.
  • Eligibility to work in the US required.

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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