Project Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 19 September 2019
  • Current

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.

Department

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 Project Director for an upcoming global project – Expanding Health Partnerships (EHP) under USAID’s existing New Partners Initiative Global Health Annual Program Statement (NPI GH APS) with the goal is to reach and sustain efforts to address health priorities to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic and combat infectious diseases globally. The project will aim to foster local partnerships to strengthen health services for improved accessibility, affordability, replicability, and/or accountability in support of improved health outcomes.

The Project Director will provide technical leadership, strategic planning and operational oversight for overall implementation of the EHP project and will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, project partners and relevant project stakeholders. The Project Director will have primary responsibility for achieving and executing the project’s vision and strategy, managing critical relationships with key partners to maximize synergy and collaboration, and ensuring that all contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. This position is contingent upon award and will report to the VP of Country Programs and Operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee technical direction of the project and project activities, providing leadership to the project team to ensure high quality programming to achieve project results.
  • Serve as the project’s primary liaison with USAID, partners, governments, and other key project stakeholders.
  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities across all members of the project’s consortium.
  • Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and operating budget) and reporting (i.e., review and approve periodic budgets and reports).
  • Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact resources.
  • Provides strategic management and oversight of the project’s subaward portfolio.
  • Ensure that all project reporting requirements are met to the highest standards.
  • Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Ensure that program meets programmatic and financial targets and makes accurate projections.
  • Ensure close coordination with other NPI Rounds, USAID Projects, and relevant in-country initiatives.
  • Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Pact’s thought leadership in capacity development and health.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters or PhD preferred) in a relevant field, such as public health or international development.
  • Minimum of 13 years of senior-level experience in managing a complex activity in multiple countries, including prior Project Director, Team Leader, or Technical Director experience with proven project management, leadership, change/transformation management, and technical skills. (11 years and 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.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically.
  • Eligibility to work in the US required.
  • Ability to travel internationally about 20-30% of the time.



Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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