Project Director – USAID New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) COVID-19 response

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 1 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 July 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

Project Director – USAID New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) COVID-19 response

Corus International is seeking candidates for the position of Project Director on the anticipated USAID-funded Global New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) COVID-19 response. Projects awarded under the NPI COVID-19 response will focus on supporting interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to leverage the roles of communities to strengthen and adapt existing community health platforms to support national policies and implementation plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response (non-pharmaceutical interventions) and continuity of existing primary healthcare services based on national guidelines and needs and priorities to create lasting structures for future responses.

The Project Director (Director) will lead the implementation of the NPI COVID-19 response for Corus International. The Director will be responsible for setting and achieving the project’s vision and strategy; managing critical relationships (including those with local partners and USAID); ensuring technical quality of project implementation; and overseeing programmatic and operational compliance. The Director will have substantive expertise in infectious disease, global health security, and management of U.S. Government programming in global programs.

The Project Director position will be based in Washington, DC. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful project award and USAID approval.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and direct the project team (including consortium partners) to develop and execute overall project strategy
  • Monitor implementation of activities within the work plan, ensuring that activities are performed to a high professional standard, effectively implemented, and will fulfill donor requirements
  • Establish and maintain relationships with USAID Washington and Missions, a diverse set of project partners, host country governments, and local partners and networks (including social enterprises and private sector entities)
  • Serve as the public face for the program to share results, represent project achievements with stakeholders, and identify potential new relationships to support project aims
  • Oversee and ensure efficient execution of subawards to local partners across geographies
  • Monitor subaward compliance in conjunction with project team, and oversee capacity development of partners to transition to direct USG funding
  • In partnership with MEL partner, identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner, and implement appropriate adjustments in accordance with the CLA plan



  • Master’s Degree strongly preferred in Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health Security, or related field


  • Minimum of 12+ years of experience in project management, including and at least 10 years of senior-level experience managing complex and multi-country USG-funded health programs
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and implementation
  • Excellent leadership qualities with demonstrated ability to supervise multidisciplinary teams situated globally
  • Strong background in capacity building and mentoring of local partners
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating relationships with local partners and host country governments to achieve specific health goals
  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations for cooperative agreements
  • Excellent management, communication, and organization skills
  • French and/or Arabic language skills are ideal but not required

Travel Requirements

  • 10%-25%

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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