Project Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 June 2019

Job Description

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Project Director for the Good Governance Initiative opportunity in the Pacific Islands. The project will seek to create an initiative in the Pacific Islands that promotes sound, just, and responsive governance within the region to empower citizens, help combat corruption, and strengthen nations’ sovereignty. The project will run for up to 4 years and is budgeted at $12 million.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Project Director will be responsible for overall project leadership, management, technical direction and vision, oversight, quality and compliance, and maintaining relationships with Department of State (DOS) and stakeholders. The Project Director will be responsible for ensuring the timely submission and quality of all project deliverables. This position requires senior-level program management experience, with remote management experience on donor funded projects.



Advanced degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science, Governance and Civil Society and/or other related fields.


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development; experience working on civil society strengthening and rule of law programs in Indo-Pacific region.
  • Experience supervising teams of diverse staff and demonstrated leadership capacity and motivational skills;
  • Previous experience managing DOS, USAID, or USG-funded programs highly preferred;  
  • Demonstrated program management and organizational skills in managing, implementing, and monitoring effective program budgets, finances, and personnel of projects of a similar scale and scope;
  • Demonstrated technical experience managing and implementing development projects focused on civil society strengthening, rule of law, and/or public policy reform, preferably in Pacific Islands;
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with the social, political, economic and cultural context of the Pacific Islands;
  • Demonstrated experience working with and building the capacity of marginalized groups, to include women and youth;
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with senior government representatives at the local, municipal, and national level, local and national civil society actors, donors, DOS representatives, other implementing agencies, and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and deliver quality outputs;
  • Experience with adaptive management approaches preferred.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;

Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

Counterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.

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