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Project Director

FHI 360

FHI 360

Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, January 12, 2024

Job Summary:

The Project Director leads a large USAID funded Global Health Security (GHS) project and is responsible for achieving the project’s vision and strategy, directing the project technical, strategic information, and program management directors, and managing critical relationships with the donor, national and international partners, and other key stakeholders. The Project Director has overall programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the project, including ensuring successful implementation of the work plan and achievement of targets and goals, effectively communicating accomplishments, making financial reports, and ensuring compliance with all US government policies and relevant regulations.

This position is contingent upon successful award.


  • 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.
  • Lead the development and implementation of project description, implementation plan, project strategies, project reports and work plan.
  • Ensure that technical efforts are evidence-informed and contribute to project results and impact.
  • Direct and monitor implementation of activities within the approved work plan, ensuring that activities are performed to a high professional standard, effectively implemented, and fulfill donor and the FHI 360’s requirements.
  • Provide direction on senior-level policy and technical dialogue with the Ministry of Health and other government ministries and units, working in staff as appropriate.
  • Ensure the timely and complete submission of all performance reports and responses to donor requests for performance, success stories, and financial information for the project.
  • Represent and/or ensures FHI 360 is represented at technical meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Ensure compliance with all donor-related, organizations, and project-specific policies.
  • Supervise and mentor all senior management staff.
  • Provide managerial and financial oversight to all project activities and partnerships, and ensure compliance with FHI360’s and USG regulations.
  • Oversee 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.
  • Respond 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.
  • Manage relationship with donor and project agreement/contract. .
  • Identify, escalate and mitigate risk across the award and escalate to FHI 360 leadership and donor partners, as appropriate. Ensure effective communication across the entire project with team and relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with other donor implementing partners on common objectives and activities, as needed.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent strategic management, communication, and organization skills are required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices with project management, process development and execution.
  • Knowledge of non-profit funding streams, including government and philanthropic.
  • Strong time-management, multi- tasking and organizational skills.
  • Strong negotiator and collaborator who strengthens business relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Excellent and demonstrated public relations, policy development, project management and diplomacy skills required.
  • Adaptable to new approaches to doing business.
  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and where appropriate, donor representatives.
  • Ability to take initiative and focus on results.
  • Ability to learn new skills and systems, with an entrepreneurial work ethic.

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 projects and leads in achieving strategic goals.
  • Leads coordination of resources and addresses/resolves project issues.
  • Provides project management leadership for complex project.
  • Facilitates team discussions to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Typically reports to a Portfolio Director.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent Health, Public Health, Clinical Diagnostics, or a 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 with large USAID-funded awards).
  • Typically requires a minimum of 5+ years of Chief of Party, Principal Investigator or Project Director experience on government funded sector and/or value chain development projects.
  • Experience working in partnership with U.S. Government agencies, international donors, or other multilateral agencies. Experience managing sub recipients. Experience in global health security.
  • Proficient with applicable rules, regulations, and policies associated with international development and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Demonstrated experience in 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 in scope. Experience operating in insecure environments.
  • Experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO).

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%

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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