Project Director

  • Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 20

Position description

The Project Director will oversee all aspects of the Project Management Unit – PMA 2.0 focusing on the following objectives:

  • Build financial and project management capacity of local institutions to promote sustainability;
  • Provide overall financial and project management support to the PMA 2.0 project;
  • Oversee development and implementation of communications and marketing plan to improve buy-in and long term sustainability of PMA 2.0 product.

Implementation will include: issuing and managing sub-awards (contracts, payments, monitoring compliance, reviewing deliverables, on-site monitoring, etc.), building project and financial management capacity of implementing partners so they can “graduate” from capacity building support, monitoring and reporting on in-country PMA 2.0 implementation costs, providing on the ground logistical and project management support to implementing partners as needed, supporting expansion to new countries, tracking overall global work-plan and schedule, developing and implementing a sustainability plan, and supporting PMA’s and business development efforts.

The technical portion of PMA 2.0 will be led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and this position will work in close collaboration with that team, and be co-located with them.



  • Lead technical and program design;
  • Provide budget inputs;
  • Direct communication with donor;
  • Support development of proposals to additional donors who want to “buy in” to PMA 2.0.


  • Lead project management start-up workshop for Core PMA 2.0 team and in-country teams;
  • Develop and oversee implementation of start-up work plan and milestones;
  • Oversee development of global PMA 2.0 Project Charter, and country level Project Charters;
  • Mentor program staff in start-up processes;
  • Conduct start-up after action reviews.


  • Track and manage project management standards for project;
  • Review/revise workplans and budgets;
  • Review and escalate quality concerns (technical, project management, financial management, compliance);
  • Direct project communication needs;
  • Ensure long term sustainability plan developed and implemented;
  • Ensure knowledge management for project.


  • Conduct close out of projects as needed, and mentor program staff and track close-outs;
  • Conduct After Action Reviews for project.


  • Hiring manager as needed for new staff in headquarters;
  • Supervise programs staff;
  • Orientation for new Jhpiego program staff on the project;
  • Coordinate general funds requests for project;
  • Coordinate completion of monthly leadership team reports;
  • Develop systems to improve program management for project;
  • Participate in meetings with other departments to troubleshoot problems;
  • Track and manage project LOE needs;
  • Coordinate/plan project meetings;
  • Trainer on project management;
  • Mentor Program Officers on [email protected] tools.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree, preferably in public health or related field;
  • Certified in [email protected] (Jhpiego’s internal project management curricula) or PMD Pro (or will be within 60 days of hire);
  • 10 years’ increasingly responsible experience at PO level;
  • Proven experience successfully managing large complicated public health projects (e.g., multiple partners, difficult donor relations, low in-country capacity) by at least 4 different types of donors, including one USG donor in multiple countries with experience;
  • Proven experience successfully supporting new program development;
    • Served as program lead on at least 5 proposals – including budget inputs;
    • Successfully served as proposal writer on 4 proposals >$10M (e.g., USAID bi-laterals).
  • Experience working at least 2 years overseas with Jhpiego or another NGO;
  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff;
  • Experience training;
  • Proven experience successfully dealing with challenging situations (HR, fraud, donor, etc.);
  • Experience representing Jhpiego at high level meetings;
  • Strong understanding of at least 5 technical areas Jhpiego works in;
  • Deep understanding of financial management principles;
  • Knowledge USG rules and regulations;
  • Experience with Office 365;
  • Understanding of Jhpiego’s strategy, work, processes;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and make constructive suggestions for change;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Team building skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with diverse groups;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills: developing communication products (success stories, FB posts, briefs, PowerPoint presentations);
  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff;
  • Proven leadership skills;
  • A commitment to customer service and to supporting a positive team culture;
  • Travel: Ability to travel 30%;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Contractual financial management experience;
  • Advanced Excel skills;
  • Fluenct French language skills.

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