Project Director - USAID MOMENTUM APS Fragile States

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 October 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

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
  • Represents the program and LWR&IMA at global fora, conferences, and events
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required


  • A master’s degree or higher in public health, medicine, or a related advanced degree. PhD or MD preferred.
  • At least fifteen years of professional experience managing large, complex MNCH/FP/RH projects in developing countries. Experience in emergency settings or disaster response a plus.
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health in fragile settings. Primary health care or other health care-related programming (nutrition, WASH, and integrated health programs) in fragile settings also considered.
  • Experience leading large and multi-country teams, including remote management of projects, and managing large-scale programs that achieve results in difficult settings.
  • Track record of progressive responsibility, including at least 10 years providing senior-level leadership (e.g., Project Director, Deputy Director) to programs of similar global scale, scope and complexity. Experience with large bi-lateral projects in fragile settings beneficial.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and build partnerships with host country governments, U.S. government agencies, donor agencies, and international organizations.
  • Experience leading large-scale USAID (including OFDA and OTI) programs preferred.
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills is required.
  • Ability to interact professionally in French, Arabic, and/or Spanish is preferred, but not required
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to unstable and non-permissive environments.
  • Willingness to support LWR & IMA’s Mission.

Position is contingent upon award to IMA World Health.

About the Organization

IMA World Health is a non-profit, faith-based organization that that offers extensive expertise implementing programs to address integrated health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual and gender based violence programs in some of the most challenging and post-conflict settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMA maintains a diverse and complex funding portfolio made up of both grants and contracts that support program services across those countries and totals approximately $100 million annually.

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