Deputy Director, Country Programs Project - Washington, DC
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Project Overview and Role
The Deputy Project Director for Country Programs provides senior management direction and oversight for all Country Health Information System and Data Use (CHISU) project field support buy-ins. S/he oversees country directors and country activity managers (CAMs) and works with technical leads and operations staff to ensure coordinated country programs. The Deputy Project Director for Country Programs is a member of the Project Leadership Team and the Technical Leadership Team and participates in relevant discussions and decision-making for the project.
- Provide senior management direction and oversight for all project field support buy-ins.
- Identify, orient, coach and supervise country directors (CDs) and "country activity managers" (CAMs) who serve as leads for country programs.
- Assure timely, high quality conduct of team planning meetings and participatory assessments
- Ensure timely, high quality development of country workplans that meet established guidelines and corporate quality standards.
- Monitor implementation through regular meetings with CDs and CAMs.
- Ensure appropriate linkages between Core and Field programs as well as scaling up efforts and broad testing of tools and approaches.
- Provide periodic reports/presentations/updates on field programs to AORs and others as indicated.
- Supervise Country Programs staff including senior managers, CAMs and country directors.
- Facilitate and nurture excellent relations with partners, providing them technical guidance and oversight for optimal participation and efficient use of project resources and technical expertise.
- Oversee high-quality capacity development approaches, technical assistance, and reports as well as administrative and financial support.
- Work collaboratively with Finance and Operations team to ensure successful field programs.
- Travel as needed to countries for workplan design, monitoring, reporting.
- As a member of the Project Leadership Team (est. 10% time): Contribute to project strategic and technical direction, management, staffing allocation, and leadership across all areas of the project.
- Draft and/or contribute to USAID, partner, and other external communications and relationships.
- Supervise staff at HQ and in the field, and work collaboratively with all levels of staff on the project.
- Serve on both the Project Leadership Team (PLT) and the Technical Leadership Team (TLT) and provide ongoing project guidance with particular reference to field programs.
- Assist in identifying common lessons learned, cross fertilization and sharing of technical outcomes.
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of collection, management, analysis and presentation of health program data, and/or the use of health data for reaching program priorities.
- Demonstrated leadership capacity, strategic vision, problem solving, and ability to effectively build and sustain positive teams, working relationships and partnerships with donor agencies, host country governments, partners and local teams.
- A steady trajectory of increasing levels of managerial responsibility in directing multi-discipline development projects, preferably with USAID.
- Proven expertise supporting and mentoring junior staff to grow professionally.
- Proven ability to manage all aspects of staffing including recruitment, promotion, retention and dismissal, in a multi-cultural setting.
- Proven success in managing field programs for USAID projects.
- Excellent English oral and written communication; fluency in French or at least one other USAID-relevant language strongly desired.
- Must be able to travel up to 30% of time
- Experience working in Africa, Asia or Latin America on health or development projects; some of which on USAID-funded projects.
- Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of global development programs, as well as the overall donor landscape.