Project Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 September 2019
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Closing on 20 October 2019
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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. 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 seeks a Project Director for the ACHIEVE Dominican Republic Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. The OVC program in the Dominican Republic will provide targeted support to individuals of Haitian descent and their families to address barriers to care and facilitate access to key complementary services and will build the capacity of local implementing partners to design, implement and track services received in accordance with PEPFAR requirements.

The Project Director will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the project. She/he will supervise project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The Project Director will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders and other implementing partners.

Key Responsibilities
  • Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s objectives and targets and adhering to expected technical quality for OVC programs and reporting requirements
  • Represent Pact and the ACHIEVE program and act as the main point of contact in the DR for USAID’s Activity Manager
  • Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans; guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, as well as review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports
  • Manage a team of 10-12 technical and administrative staff
  • Ensure compliance with Pact HQ and USAID requirements, policies, and regulations
  • Act as a liaison to USAID and relevant ministries within the Government of the Dominican Republic to ensure smooth implementation of the project while laying the groundwork for sustainability
  • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen their capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations, as appropriate.
  • Recruit, supervise and provide guidance and support to program management and administrative staff
  • Coordinate and as needed conduct monitoring visits to subgrantees
  • Other tasks as assigned by ACHIEVE’s global Deputy Project Director
Basic Requirements
  • MPH/MPA/MBA or masters in relevant field and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience or a BA/BS with 15 years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience as a senior manager (a minimum of ten years) of USAID-funded programs
  • At least seven years’ experience managing complex orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) programs, social services programs, and/or public health programs of similar scope and size is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID Mission, implementing partners, and local CSOs
  • Proven skills in building organizational capacity in HIV/AIDS and/or program and grants management
  • Experience with child welfare and protection programs, systems strengthening, capacity building, economic strengthening, service delivery, quality improvement, or policy development
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills, including fluency in English
Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong management and communication skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description.
  • Prior experience in managing HIV/AIDS programs funded by PEPFAR strongly preferred
  • Expertise in and sensitivity to the socio-political barriers facing intended beneficiaries for this program, individuals of Haitian descent residing in the Dominican Republic (TPI)
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of the social service sector in developing countries
  • Local candidates highly encouraged to apply
  • Knowledge of Haitian Creole
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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.

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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