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Project Co-Director (US Virgin Islands)

FHI 360

FHI 360

U.S. Virgin Islands
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

FHI 360 seeks a locally based Project Co-director that will lead an educational capacity building project in the US Virgin Islands by orchestrating strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts to address educational priorities. They would liaise with local stakeholders, including educators, policymakers, and community leaders, to ensure that the project aligns with the unique needs of the territories' educational landscape. This role involves managing resources, facilitating partnerships, and overseeing progress to ensure that objectives are met efficiently and effectively. The Co-director's leadership is critical in adapting strategies to local contexts, ensuring sustainable impact, and driving continuous improvement in educational outcomes across the region.

The Project Co-director engages in project planning alongside essential partners, service agencies, technical support teams, and work in cooperation with state educational organizations (SEAs) to organize service distribution. They will plan and direct project schedules and monitor budget/spending. Monitors the project from initiation through delivery. They organize project activities ensuring completion of the project on schedule and within budget constraints and selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function. They are responsible for organizing technical assistance programs for the Comprehensive Center and its main partners, managing the provision of services within the territory, and conducting evaluations as mandated. Furthermore, the Co-director leads activities initiated by the Department, collecting information, and compiling necessary reports.

This position is contingent on donor funding.


  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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, serves, and maintains partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on project matters.

  • 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.

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

Applied Knowledge & Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of education 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, where appropriate, donor representatives.

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

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.

  • Typically reports to Portfolio Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or other related field, Master’s Degree preferred

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.


  • Typically requires 10+ years of relevant experience with projects management principles and practices (including 5+ years of line management experience).

  • 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).

  • Must currently be based in the US Virgin Islands.

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 US Based hiring salary range for this role is listed below. Candidates 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.

US Based Hiring Salary Range: $120,000 - $145,000

International hiring ranges will differ based on location.

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.

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