Project Director - MOMENTUM MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 March 2020

Job Description

Project Director - MOMENTUM MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings

IMA World Health (IMA) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) have joined forces to increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities. The two humanitarian nonprofits are integrating IMA’s global health expertise and LWR’s work in rural economies and emergency response, creating a unified organization that will help millions more enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

LWR & IMA is seeking highly motivated individuals for a Project Director position for the USAID MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) APS Round 1MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings”. MOMENTUM Round 1 seeks to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population’s health and contribute to countries’ movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.

The Project Director will be responsible for the overall technical and managerial requirements of program performance and will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project. S/he will supervise project implementation and ensure that the project meets required goals and reporting requirements. S/he will also have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID. The position will be based in Washington DC with approximately 40-50% travel expected.


  • Responsible for overall leadership, management oversight and technical direction for all project activities, which will be large, complex, multi-country health activities
  • Serves as primary liaison to USAID, implementing partners, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors
  • Primary liaison to LWR&IMA senior leadership on progress and operations of project work
  • Supervises project senior management team, oversees technical and administrative staff, and oversees subcontracting organizations
  • Responsible for the overall and direct implementation of project activities and liaises with project teams to ensure technical coordination
  • Ensures that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate
  • Oversees project work planning, performance management, and strategic communications
  • Identifies issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and appropriate program adjustments
  • Responsible to achieve and report on cost share requirements of the resulting cooperative agreement
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Has a master’s degree or higher in international studies, diplomacy, public health, international development or a related field, with at least fifteen (15) years’ experience in international health programming, including at least ten (10) years’ experience in senior-level management positions and experience leading large and complex projects primarily focused in fragile settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to support cross-sectoral programming and build partnerships;
  • Demonstrated experience in strengthening organizational and systems resilience in development, fragile, and/or humanitarian settings;
  • Experience managing complex, multi-country and multi-stakeholder projects;
  • Has demonstrated experience in effectively engaging partners and managing multi-partner collaboration in the field;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and decentralized branch/field offices;
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of designing, implementing, and strengthening the resiliency of health systems in fragile settings with a focus on supporting development investments in the context of humanitarian assistance;
  • Has lived and worked in low- and middle-income countries for at least 5-7 years, with 2-3 years being in a fragile setting (can be part of the 15 years’ experience in international health programming); and
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in an additional language is preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to unstable and non-permissive environments.
  • Willingness to support LWR & IMA’s Mission.

About the Organization

Longtime partner INGOs, IMA World Health (IMA) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations – LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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