Director, Global Health and Population Research

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 August 2019
  • Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Closing on 1 October 2019
  • Current
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Job Description

Job Summary:

Provides strategic direction and overall leadership in the management, implementation, prioritization, sequencing, and selection of opportunities to maintain and expand FHI 360’s portfolio of research in global health and population. The Director, Global Health and Population Research will be a vital member of FHI 360’s senior scientific leadership. She/He will report to the Director, Global Health, Population & Nutrition and will contribute to FHI 360’s strategic plan and goals. She/He will shape and guide the new department’s mission, vision and goals; contribute to new business development by anticipating and planning for new opportunities, overseeing partner selection, and maintaining healthy relationships with donors/funders and FHI 360 subsidiaries; and drive thought leadership efforts to ensure that FHI 360 is a leader in generating and applying evidence in the health and population sectors. The Director will work with country offices, project leaders, and colleagues in subsidiaries to ensure that research addresses compelling health and population needs and that research support, e.g., biostatistics and data management, is integral to the generation of knowledge throughout the organization. S/He will also be responsible for talent management, including acquisition, retention and professional development. Additionally, the Director will serve as a communication conduit for portfolio-related status, actions, decisions, risks and issues, and schedules for strategic initiatives. She/He will partner with business unit leadership and relevant enterprise services colleagues and regional and country office leadership, as necessary, to identify and mitigate issues and ensure excellence in award implementation, compliance with organizational and funder/sponsor policies and procedures, superior client satisfaction, and relevant strategies are implemented with fidelity.

Accountabilities:
  • Provides leadership and support for all aspects of work in Health and Population Research and Research Utilization, including business development and management of portfolio.
  • Oversees strategic planning for the portfolio and monitors implementation against stated goals and objectives.
  • Assesses and prioritizes new business opportunities for the company, including opportunities in conjunction with country and regional offices, to maintain and grow the market segment specific to the portfolio.
  • Provides technical and management oversight across the Health and Population Research portfolio, including research implemented through country offices, through review of work plans, budgets, and required reports and other deliverables.
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with relevant subsidiaries, country and regional offices, and project leadership.
  • Leads and facilitates change to ensure the company adapts its scientific and technical capabilities with the evolving global health and development environment and with research priorities of traditional and non-traditional funding sources.
  • Leads staff to develop and maintain an integrated and coordinated portfolio of awards to expand the scope (financial, geographic, adjacent scientific areas, for example) of FHI 360’s strategic plans, goals and objectives.
  • Represents the company at technical and scientific meetings and participates in scientific discussions with sponsors, US government agencies, other organizations, and international governments in partner countries.
  • Ensures compliance with FHI 360 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies, government legislation and procedures, donor/funder requirements, as well as all applicable national and international regulations.
  • Provides capacity planning models and identifies potential resource conflicts across the portfolio.
  • Provides scientific oversight across the awards within the portfolio, including the awards implemented through the Regional and Country Offices.
  • Overseas the design of proposals to strengthen business development opportunities.
  • Serves on committees and working groups both internal and external to the organization, as needed.
  • Serves as the communication conduit for portfolio status, actions, decisions, and risks or issues and mitigation approaches.
  • Provides project, program and portfolio metrics, and analytics to support business and executive decision making.
  • Provides communications to senior management through dashboards and reporting.
  • Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.
  • Ensures that scientific and technical contributions are published and/or presented to promote thought leadership
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 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.
Problem Solving & Impact:
  • High-level analytical skills to identify appropriate courses of action.
  • Identifies potential risks to portfolio execution and recommends corrective actions
  • Identifies and incorporates constraints into the portfolio process and recommends solutions
  • Decisions and actions have a significant impact on management and division operations.
  • Problems encountered are complex and highly varied.
  • Exercises judgment to meet business strategies and develops objectives that align with organizational goals.
Supervision Given/Received:
  • Sets goals and budgets for projects and leads department in achieving strategic goals.
  • Leads coordination of resources for ongoing projects across functional areas and addresses/resolves project issues.
  • Provides Program Management leadership on complex and cross functional programs as needed.
  • Facilitates team discussions to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Typically reports to a Group Director.
Education:
  • Doctoral degree in Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field. Clinical epidemiology strongly preferred
  • ​Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.
Experience:
  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of project management experience.
  • Experience in clinical epidemiology strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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).
Typical Physical Demands:
  • Typical office environment. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift 5-50 lbs.
Technology to be Used:
  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.
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

About FHI 360: 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 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Director, Project Portfolio

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