Deputy Project Director

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 30 Nov 2019

The IRC seeks a Deputy Project Director for Round 1: MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings under the USAID flagship Moving Integrated, Quality, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale (MOMENTUM) Project. MOMENTUM Round 1 will support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to reduce maternal and child mortality and advance global learning on strengthening health service delivery and resilience in fragile settings.

The Deputy Project Director will have primary responsibility for overseeing, supporting and mentoring country teams working in fragile settings to strengthen the resiliency of host country institutions to prepare for and recover from shocks, facilitating global, regional and country-level partnerships, and achieving the project’s stated goals in country level programming. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, including the responsibility for overall financial accountability, staffing, and program delivery. The person in this role will also have the principal responsibility for representation of the project with host country counterparts and other actors in the project-supported countries. S/he would also be able to act for and represent the Project Director, as necessary.

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible for supporting the project director in the day-to-day management of the project, including financial accountability, staffing, work planning, and reporting
  • Ability to perform at a senior management level including managing staff in a matrixed system with a focus on adaptive management
  • Support the development of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan and ensure linkages between evidence generation, global dialogue, and country actions while supporting global leadership
  • Oversee and review technical writing products and deliverables
  • Support the project director to provide management and implementation oversight and technical direction for health activities.
  • Oversee on-going quality assurance and quality improvement for technical activities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners, and stakeholders at country and global levels
  • Represent the project director, as necessary, to USAID, implementing partners, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors
  • Identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and ensures appropriate program adjustments
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Has a master’s degree or higher in international studies, diplomacy, public health, international development or a related field, with at least fifteen (15) years’
  • Experience in international health programming, including at least ten (10) years’ experience in senior-level management positions
  • Experience leading large and complex projects primarily focused in fragile settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to support cross-sectoral programming and build partnerships;
  • Demonstrated experience in strengthening organizational and systems resilience in development, fragile, and/or humanitarian settings;
  • Experience managing complex, multi-country and multi-stakeholder projects;
  • Has demonstrated experience in effectively engaging partners and managing multi-partner collaboration in the field;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and decentralized branch/field offices;
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of designing, implementing, and strengthening the resiliency of health systems in fragile settings with a focus on supporting development investments in the context of humanitarian assistance;
  • Has lived and worked in low and middle income countries for at least 5-7 years, with 2-3 years being in a fragile setting (can be part of the 15 years’ experience in international health programming); and
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in an additional language is preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with USAID projects, compliance and reporting preferred

Working Environment

  • Standard office working environment
  • International travel as needed up to 35% including to fragile settings

This position is contingent on award from USAID.