Project Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 March 2021
  • Washington, United States
  • Closing on 1 April 2021
  • Proposal

Job Description

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Project Director for an anticipated global award.

**This position is subject to project award and funding.

Position Description:

The Project Director will provide strategic, managerial, technical leadership and management oversight to the project in social and behavior change (SBC), social and behavioral research and evaluation, research utilization, and capacity strengthening. S/he will oversee all aspects of project implementation, including program quality, personnel, and financial management. S/he will maintain close coordination with USAID and other stakeholders, ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and adequate implementation of project activities, deliverables, and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project. The Project Director will serve as the principal liaison to USAID and will have regular communication with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative. The Project Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations. The Project Director will be responsible for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring quality of program implementation. The position will be based in Washington, DC.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork.

  • Provides overall project leadership, management, and technical direction while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures.

  • Liaises with USAID, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies, and other partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements.

  • Liaises with USG partners and other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other USAID health related activities.

  • Builds strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector.

  • Oversees report preparation to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements to document program performance and monitor overall award compliance.

  • Leads preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines.

  • Provides overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project.

  • Oversees a team of senior technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members.

  • Represents the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical and investment conferences, policy briefings, networking events, etc.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree required in public health, communication, or a related field; (however, a Doctoral Degree strongly preferred).

  • At least 10-15 years of senior-level management experience leading, managing, and implementing international health and/or development projects with significant SBC programming and applied research components in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Demonstrated expertise and technical leadership in at least one of the project’s priority health areas (family planning and reproductive health [FP/RH], maternal and child health [MCH], nutrition, gender, youth, reproductive empowerment and/or other health and development outcomes).

  • Demonstrated experience and ability in leading diverse partnerships among global and local actors across health and development areas to conduct and advance applied research.

  • Proven experience working with USG agencies and host country government officials, particularly with Ministries of Health is highly desirable.

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.

  • Experience with working across multiple sectors to achieve public health outcomes.

  • Experience with gender integration and addressing the needs of highly vulnerable populations into health programming.

  • Proven experience with USAID regulations in financial and accounting management per USAID guidelines, ensure that the project maintains the highest administrative, financial, and operational standards for compliance and audits.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; fluency in a local language will be an advantage.

This job posting 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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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About the Organization

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, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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