Technical Director, Civil Society Strengthening

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 1 July 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Director will manage FHI 360’s civil society strengthening practice area, involving departmental or cross-functional teams, to achieve technical excellence in program delivery of new and existing projects. S/he will support projects from initiation through close out, ensuring that they are on schedule, within budget and achieve results. The Director also will create, co-design, lead and/or curate research and learning initiatives and resources under the SCS Global LWA project. S/he also will oversee aggregation of ME&L data across SCS activities and projects and create appropriate vehicles for sharing results and learning. The Director will also support marketing and outreach efforts and relationship building with USAID and other strategic partners. The relative balance of these responsibilities will shift over time, depending on Department priorities.


  • Leads the ME&L design and implementation processes of the civil society portfolio focusing on the SCS projects to achieve strategic technical goals.
  • Directs and guides managers, and staff with training and developing process improvement initiatives to ensure high technical standards are met and exceeded.
  • Manages research and learning activities under SCS, and directs research and development of relevant knowledge products, reviews and contributes content as necessary.

  • Provides technical expertise with monitoring, evaluation and learning across programs.

  • Oversees and/or leads COP and SCS learning round tables and events.

  • Oversees the strategic direction, budgetary planning, and technical process of department’s civil society work to ensure technical objectives are met.

  • Identifies and consults with executive management on recommendations to make better technical decisions.

  • Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with civil society program management and technical development.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of USAID’s civil society programming and its results framework.

  • Proficiency in civil society program monitoring, evaluation and learning practices.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent and demonstrated editing, writing, and technical skills.

  • Ability to influence, motivates, negotiate and work well with others.

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent

  • Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

  • Typically requires 10+ years of project management experience within a relevant area.

  • Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.

Travel Requirements:
  • 10%-25%

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

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 and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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