Project Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 August 2019

Job Description

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Project Director for a potential 5-year, Gates Foundation, Tobacco Control Policy Implementation Fund for Africa Program. This program/grant will be used to assist up to five countries that have signed on to the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in sub-Saharan Africa to advance the implementation of their national tobacco control policies through results-based, catalytic grants and peer-to-peer learning.

This position is subject to project award and funding.


The Project Director is responsible for the following:

1. Lead, manage, and monitor the overall program across 3-5 countries, and is accountable for project deliverables and results.

2. Conduct solicitation process for program grants to identify 3-5 grantee countries for catalytic funding.

3. Work with technical partners and grantees to conduct capacity assessments, determine capacity development needs and facilitate/coordinate the provision of effective short-term technical assistance to respond to those needs.

4. Champion the project’s vision and technical strategy; documentation and communication; client(s) stakeholder(s) relationships; coordination and synergy with other MSH projects and internal operations units, and contribute to business development activities.

5. Safeguard MSH’s reputation by ensuring that financial, contractual, technical, and political integrity is maintained and strengthened.

6. Negotiate grant awards with Ministries of Health/Tobacco Control Programs, including terms, objectives, milestones and deliverables, budgets, and reporting.

7. Together with the project’s Grants Manager, develop results-based grant agreements based on results-based funding principles, including milestones and deliverables, payment structure, and incentives.

8. Lead development of annual learning labs with grantees and technical partners to ensure best practices and innovation dissemination and peer learning.

9. Develop (update and adapt as needed) and execute program results framework, performance monitoring plan, management and performance dashboard (with DREAM@MSH staff), and annual work plans as per contract/agreement requirements, MSH technical frameworks and standards, and RMS guidelines.

10. Ensure appropriate and timely documentation and dissemination of key results and deliverables for maximum program impact and business development using a variety of communication strategies and media.

11. Ensure effective contract/agreement implementation in strict compliance with contract/ agreement clauses, MSH and donor policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

12. Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with project needs, local context and available resources and provide mentorship to the project team as per MSH policies and guidelines.

13. Liaise with MSH local and home office staff to ensure technical and administrative quality and efficiency in the implementation of the project.


1. Master’s degree in public health, administration, or a related discipline (MPH, MBA or other).

2. Minimum of 10 years, 12 preferred of progressively responsible related experience required, and previous experience as program director in public health projects; tobacco control program experience a plus.

3. Prior experience and success directing similar or larger international donor-funded projects.

4. Ability to manage the donor, government counterparts, and technical partners, oversee the budget and understand the implementation challenges and solutions.

5. Previous experience in capacity building and development with partner organizations.

6. Experience negotiating with governments.

7. Experience with results or performance based funding.

8. Experience in monitoring program results and deliverables, ability to co-design M&E plans and analyze M&E data.

9. Ability to identify best practices and innovations and build learning events around such results.

About the Organization

MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

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Gates Tobacco Control - Project Director JD - FINAL.doc

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