USAID Program Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 March 2020

Job Description

PHI is currently recruiting Program Directors for anticipated USAID programs and solicitations focused on global health.

**Position is contingent upon project award to PHI and funding availability**

Candidates for this position should be senior-level professionals with a proven track record of successfully implementing and managing USAID global health programs. The position will be responsible for oversight of the entire project, and will be required to work with various stakeholders, including local stakeholders, high-level government and USAID officials.


The Program Director is a key leadership position at PHI. Primary responsibilities are aimed at providing overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the award. This individual will be expected to manage the staff and to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual shall act as the key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts and implementing partners involved with the program. The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience working in developing countries and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international development, education, human resources, or related field of study or equivalent work experience required;
  • Ten (10) years or more of progressively responsible international work experience implementing a range of education, capacity building, and performance management awards in global health;
  • At least five (5) years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs;
  • Relevant technical background in a field of global health, organizational development, adult learning methodologies, or international human resource management;
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID administrative and procurement practices;
  • Broad management expertise and experience in setting up administrative and financial systems, including extensive experience in financial management and budgeting;
  • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of institutions that provide technical leadership and direction for public health programs, including academic institutions, host country governments, US government, and/or program implementers;
  • A familiarity with and commitment to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in project sectors is also required, as demonstrated by at least two years of senior-level experience working on projects that addressed DEI constraints;
  • Demonstrated excellent communications and writing abilities and superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; and
  • Ability and interest in mentoring individuals from developing countries to strengthen their technical capacity and support their professional development goals.

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About the Organization

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people across the nation and around the world. For over 50 years, PHI has advanced the public’s health by serving as a vital connector for traditional and non-traditional public health partnerships and by operating as an incubator for essential research and innovative community-oriented solutions to emerging public health issues. Since its inception in 1964, the organization has grown from a handful of epidemiologists and researchers working with the California Department of Health Services to one of the largest public health nonprofit institutions in the United States. With an annual budget of $85 million, PHI is home to over 600 staff and 200 programs and initiatives that span the globe and touch virtually every area of public health.

PHI has worked in 26 countries around the world and our global footprint has included numerous projects and programs ranging from small grants or task order contracts to large, multi-site workforce development, leadership, training, capacity building, and research programs with national and international significance. As an institution, our work is currently focused on:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, & Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Communicable Disease Prevention
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Building & Leadership
  • Disability Issues
  • Environmental Health
  • Food Systems
  • Health Innovation & Technology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Minority Populations & Marginalized Communities
  • Nutrition & Obesity
  • Population Health
  • Reproductive Health, Maternal Child Health, & Family Planning
  • Services & Systems Research
  • Women, Youth, & Children

PHI’s diverse technical staff includes researchers, medical doctors, PhDs, health practitioners, policy advisors, epidemiologists, and community leaders that bring an unwavering commitment to our work and a deep understanding of local conditions that allows us to develop customized, scalable and replicable responses to the toughest health challenges. Each PHI project is led by a credentialed principal investigator and supported by a robust central administrative team that prioritizes award management as a discipline. We partner with the US government, foundations, universities, individual donors, the private sector and civil society to bring about positive change to reach meaningful population health outcomes. We do this by using research and evidence to inform design and deliver innovative programs that change behaviors and increase access to services and improve health equity.

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