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Project Director

FHI 360

FHI 360

Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023

Summary: Leads the global SBC 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. Incumbent has overall programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the project, including achieving project results, effectively communicating accomplishments, making financial reports, and ensuring compliance with all US government and the organization’s regulations.


  • 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.

  • Develops and executes overall project strategy and work plan and achievement of project results.

  • Directs and monitors implementation of activities within the approved work plan and budget, ensuring that activities are performed to a high professional standard, effectively implemented, and fulfill donor and the organization’s requirements.

  • Provides direction on senior-level policy and technical dialogue with donors, Ministries of Health, and other government ministries and units, working with in-country staff as appropriate.

  • Oversees all technical assistance and operational/administrative support activities under the project.

  • Ensures the timely and complete submission of all performance reports and responses to donor requests for performance, success stories, and financial information for the project.

  • Ensures compliance with all donor, organizational, relevant country -specific policies.

  • Supervises and mentor all senior management staff.

  • Provides managerial oversight to all project activities and partnerships, and ensure compliance with the organization’s and USG regulations.

  • Oversees the sub-contract and sub- grant cycle from pre-award to close- out including solicitation processes, pre-award, award, monitoring and close-out of sub-awards based on donor regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Responds to issues that arise during sub-award/contract, and award project implementation, including but not limited to financial reporting, issuing modifications, oversight of compliance with terms and conditions and resolution of disputes, and resolving audit (financial and/or general performance) findings.

  • Provides oversight for the project’s financial management systems and ensure that they are in line with the organization’s policies and procedures and donor rules and regulations.

  • Ensures preparation and submission of complete and accurate financial reports and cash requests to organization’s HQ and USAID.

  • Oversees project budget development and undertake regular analysis of project expenditure, sub- awards and lead the preparation of budget amendments/modification for negotiation with donor.

  • Recruits, supervises, mentors, and motivates project team which includes staff from the organization and international and national partners.

  • Actively works on team building to ensure productive and engaged staff.

  • Oversees execution of the organization’s personnel policies and ensure that policies and procedures are clearly communicated to staff and are respected.

  • Ensures effective communication across the entire project with team and relevant stakeholders, including, among others, (1) providing regular briefings and updates to relevant parties (e.g., supervisors) (2) facilitating regular team meetings to share information across project components and (3) contributing to positive and smoothly functioning relationships with external partners, including international partners and national implementing partners.

  • Coordinate with other donor implementing partners on common objectives and activities, as needed.

  • Maintains a strong and wide network with key partners and stakeholders in the SBC arena and ensures that the project is represented on appropriate steering and advisory groups.

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

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Technical leader in SBC and/or expertise in project management. Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices in SBC and project management, process development and execution.

  • Excellent and demonstrated public relations, policy, representation, and diplomacy skills required.

  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with SBC partners, local communities, district/state/national government officials, UN and other multilateral bodies and donor representatives. Strong consultative and negotiation skills.

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

  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others.

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

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • High-level analytical skills to identify appropriate courses of action.

  • Identifies potential risks to portfolio execution and recommends corrective actions.

  • Identifies and incorporates constraints into the portfolio process and recommends solutions.

  • 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.

Supervision Given/Received:

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

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

  • Provides project management leadership for complex and cross functional projects as needed.

  • Facilitates team discussions to ensure successful outcomes.

  • Typically reports to a Program Director or Portfolio Director.

Education: Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent Business Administration, Public Health, Social Sciences, Health Communication, or Related Field. Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


  • Typically requires 15+ years of relevant experience with projects management principles and practices (including 10+ years of strategic leadership and/or line management experience in international health and development and/or SBC).

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5+ years of Chief of Party, Principal Investigator or Project Director experience on government funded SBC sector projects.

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

  • Proven ability to effectively engage partners and manage multi-partner consortia, preferably within SBC projects.

  • Experience interacting with USG agencies and overseas offices.

  • Demonstrated experience in multi-sector project management and implementation, preferably in SBC.

  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity strengthening experience, preferably in SBC.

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

  • Experience operating in insecure environments.

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%

Posting Language at end of Posting Job Description

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: $135,000 - $194,000

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.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

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.

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