Project Director (PROPEL) – United States of America

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Director for Promoting Results and Achievements through Political and Economic Levers (PROPEL) Round 3: Youth

Open to Relocation: Headquarters (North Carolina, USA)

FHI 360 seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Project Manager/Project Director for a USAID-funded global project, Promoting results and outcomes through political and economic levers (PROPEL): Round 3 Youth. With a focus on youth and gender equity, PROPEL is designed to address family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) policy, advocacy, financing and governance (PAFG), and the integrating FP/RH with HIV/AIDS and newborn and child health (MNCH) programs, policies and care.

The funding opportunity is expected to span multiple programmatic areas aimed at building local capacity and enabling sustainable health systems to adequately address FP/RH. Within the project’s global leadership, core FP/RH resources will be focused on HRP priority countries and the other seven Ouagadougou Partnership countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Togo).

Position availability is dependent on USAID funding and approval of key personnel.

Position Summary:

The Project Director leads the project and is responsible for achieving the project vision and strategy, leading the technical project team, and managing critical relationships with national and international partners and others. key stakeholders. The Project Manager develops and delivers action-oriented portfolio dashboards, metrics, governance and reporting to support decision-making. Provides program and project management services, including mentorship, project management best practices, tools and templates. Acts as a communication channel for project status, actions, decisions, portfolio risks and issues, and strategic initiative timelines. Partners with finance and administrative staff to resolve issues and ensure consistency of cross-functional project processes. Has the skills to manage diverse people, events and cultures and must be proficient in health systems strengthening and family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH). Builds the skills and capacity of project staff who manage projects within the portfolio.

The position will be based in the United States, in Durham, North Carolina.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the overall project strategy, work plan and budget to achieve project results at global, regional and country levels.
  • Lead and monitor the implementation of activities within the approved work plan and budget, ensuring that activities are carried out to high professional and technical standards, implemented efficiently and in line with donor and government requirements. FHI 360.
  • Ensure compliance with FHI 360, USG/USAID and other regulations and policies.
  • Create, promote and maintain a safe and fair work environment for all staff, including a work culture free from harassment and violence and systems for the protection of project participants.
  • Build and maintain relationships with USAID/Washington and USAID country and regional missions abroad, national and international partners, and other key stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Provide technical direction and is responsible for the successful implementation of the award.
  • Define goals, produce best practices and lead a team to maintain current relationships and forge new partnerships.
  • Support business-oriented project management by assisting with execution and decision support.
  • Actively work with team members on relevant management techniques and in creating appropriate project and program governance.
  • Provide capacity planning templates and identify potential resource conflicts across the portfolio.
  • Establish and lead change management processes as required.
  • Maintain overall governance and understanding of resource dependencies across the project portfolio.
  • Serve as a communication channel for project status, actions, decisions, risks and issues and project portfolio schedules.
  • Provide relevant metrics and analytics to support business and management decision-making.
  • Provide communications to senior management through dashboards and reports.
  • Ensure the reporting and governance of the financial health of the portfolio.
  • Support performance management and professional development of direct reports, including continuous feedback, coaching and career support.

Applied knowledge and skills:

  • Strong business acumen with the ability to understand and manage risks and opportunities.
  • In-depth knowledge of theories, concepts and practices with project management, process development and execution.
  • Solid knowledge of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH)
  • Solid knowledge and commitment to gender equity and social inclusion.
  • Knowledge of non-profit funding sources, including government and philanthropic.
  • Strong negotiator and collaborator who strengthens business relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to plan, organize and manage resources to complete projects.
  • Demonstrated excellent skills in public relations, policy development, project management and diplomacy required.
  • Ability to establish positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and, where appropriate, donor representatives.
  • Previous experience working in USAID Family Planning Priority Countries and Ouagadougou Partnership countries.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in public health, civil society, health financing, economic development, education, gender, health, nutrition and youth or a related field. Preferred Masters
  • Project Management (PM) certification preferred.


  • Typically requires 12+ years of relevant experience with project management principles and practices (including 8+ years of corporate strategic leadership, business acumen, and/or line management experience).
  • Demonstrated expertise and technical leadership in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive and gender health.
  • Experience managing multi-country USAID-funded projects with a budget of $25 million or more.
  • Proficiency in applicable rules, regulations and policies associated with international development and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing sector-specific multi-sector projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, staff development and capacity building.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing complex projects of a strategic and national/international nature in project leadership.
  • Proven ability to develop relationships and coordinate with government officials, civil society and non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience working in harsh environments.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Fluency in French at the professional level is highly desirable. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Travel requirements:

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the position. It does not prescribe or restrict the exact tasks that may be assigned to perform these functions. This document should in no way be interpreted as representing an employment contract. 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 discriminatory practices against anyone employed or seeking employment because of race, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status. status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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

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

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