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Project Director (PROPEL PHE)

FHI 360

FHI 360

United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

FHI 360 seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Chief of Party/Project Director for an anticipated USAID-funded global project, Promoting Results and Outcomes through Policy and Economic Levers (PROPEL). With a focus on Population, Health and the Environment (PHE), and cross-sectoral approaches for integrating voluntary FP/RH and population dynamics across broader development sectors/goals, PROPEL is designed to address family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) policy, advocacy, financing, and governance (PAFG), and the integration of FP/RH with HIV/AIDS and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) programs, policies, and care, as well as the environment and climate.

The funding opportunity is expected to cover several programmatic areas intended to build local capacity and further enable sustainable health systems to adequately address FP/RH. Within the global project, core FP/RH resources will be focused on PRH’s priority countries and the seven additional Ouagadougou Partnership countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Togo).

Availability of position is contingent upon funding and approval of key personnel by USAID.

Position Summary

The Project Director leads the project and is responsible for achieving the project’s vision and strategy, directing the project technical team, and managing critical relationships with national and international partners and other key stakeholders. The Project Director develops and delivers an action-oriented portfolio, metrics, and reporting to support decision making; Provides program and project management services including mentoring, project management best practices, tools, and templates; Acts as a communication conduit for portfolio-related project status, actions, decisions, risks and issues and schedules for strategic initiatives; Partners with finance and administrative staff to resolve issues and ensure cross- functional project process consistency; Manages people, events and diverse cultures and builds the skills and capabilities of project staff managing projects within the portfolio. The Project Director is knowledgeable and experienced in health systems strengthening, family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and the integration of FP/RH with environment and climate sciences.

The position will be based at FHI 360 headquarters in Durham, NC.


  • Responsible for creating, promoting, and maintaining safe and equitable work environments for all personnel, including a harassment- and violence-free work culture, and systems for safeguarding project participants.

  • Directs program and project management leading practices, mentoring and support initiatives.

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities for designated projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.

  • Reviews project proposals and plans to determine scheduling, budget, procedures, staffing, and allotment of resources needed for projects.

  • Establishes work plans, project teams, and SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies at the global, regional and country levels, and in line with the program’s statement of work (SOW).

  • Provides capacity planning models and identifies potential resource conflicts.

  • Develops proposals and research sources for funding projects.

  • Provides guidance and training to managers and staff to achieve project goals.

  • Participates in the strategic development of methods and techniques with executive management.

  • Establishes and facilitates the project portfolio change management process.

  • Establishes, serves, and maintains partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on project matters, including USAID/Washington and USAID overseas country staff.

  • Provide leadership to the project team, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, encouraging effective teamwork.

  • Responsible for induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with mandate values, quality standards, policies and project objectives and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.

  • Determination of job level is based on combination of primary and secondary criteria (i.e., Revenue, Headcount, and number of Contracts/Sub-Awards and other factors).

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

Applied Knowledge & Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices with project management, process development and execution.

  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.

  • Strong consultative skills.

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.

  • Ability to motivate, influences, and collaborates with others.

  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and where appropriate, donor representatives.

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English. Fluency in French is also desired.

Problem Solving & Impact

  • Decisions and actions have a significant impact on management and division operations.

  • Problems encountered are complex and highly varied.

  • Exercises judgment to meet business strategies and develops objectives that align with organizational goals.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

Supervision Given/Received

  • Sets goals and budgets for projects and leads department in achieving strategic goals.

  • Leads coordination of resources for ongoing projects across business units and addresses/resolves project issues.

  • Reports to Portfolio Director.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Public Health, Civil Society, Communication and Social Marketing, Economic Development, Education, Climate Sciences, Environment, Gender, Nutrition, Research, Technology and Youth or a Related Fields.

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


  • 12+ years of relevant experience with project management principles and practices (including 8+ years of line management experience, corporate strategic experience, and strong business acumen).

  • Proficient with applicable rules, regulations, and policies associated with international development and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Demonstrated experience and technical leadership in population, health, and environment (PHE), health financing, climate change, family planning, or equivalent.

  • Experience managing USAID-funded multi-country projects with a budget of $10M or more.

  • Proficient with applicable rules, regulations, and policies associated with international development and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Demonstrated experience in sector specific multi-sector project management and implementation.

  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international.

  • Proven ability to develop relationships and coordinate with government officials, civil society, and non-governmental organizations.

  • Experience operating in challenging environments.

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

  • Professional-level fluency in French is highly desirable, Portuguese language skills are a plus.

  • Experience implementing family planning and/or PHE programs is a plus.

Typical Physical Demands

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements

  • 10% - 25%

Pay Equity and Benefits:

The expected hiring salary range for this role is listed below. FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

Hiring Salary Range: 120,000 - 188,000

This job posting 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 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

FHI 360 staff working in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of the type of project or client they serve, or of their employment status (full/part-time, remote, telework, or in-office), unless an accommodation applies. FHI 360 complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. Full vaccination is currently defined as two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Booster doses are not required at this time.

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