Project Director, USAID MAIF Follow-on Activity

Abt Associates
  • Location
    Rockville, MD, Durham, NC or Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 03

Position description

Abt seeks a qualified Project Director (PD) to lead the anticipated Local Market Access and Innovative Finance (MAIF) Activity Follow-on. This activity is a follow-on to the current MAIF contract vehicle that was designed by the Bureau for Global Health’s Center for Innovation & Impact (CII) to assist Global Health offices, Missions, and other USAID offices to apply market-led approaches to accelerate global health goals. specifically through services and technical assistance on a range of market access and innovative financing expertise to improve global health outcomes.

Project is expected to start around March 2025.

This position will be ideally based in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) area, but is open to another remote location on the U.S. east coast. Position is contingent upon project award to Abt.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic managerial and technical leadership for the program to ensure quality and timely delivery of all activities and deliverables;
  • Oversee a multi-disciplinary team of experts;
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID, other key US Government stakeholders and initiatives, private sector institutions, and the donor community;
  • Ensure that all project staff, personnel, and subcontractors understand their roles and responsibilities and comply with USAID and Abt policies and procedures;
  • Supervise the project’s technical team to ensure a focus on core results, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation;
  • Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control;
  • Manage grants under contract and oversee subcontractors;
  • Provide strategic technical direction and guidance to staff in relevant areas, such as innovative financing strategies;
  • Ensure the submission of timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports;
  • Oversee establishment of a framework for monitoring, evaluation, learning and adapting in response to results achieved;
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with USAID and local counterparts to ensure effective coordination of project activities with relevant ministries and agencies, civil society, private sector actors, other project stakeholders, and complementary USAID and U.S. government-funded initiatives; and
  • Serve as the main point of contact with Abt’s U.S. office.


What We Value

  • Master’s degree or higher in business, public health, or another related field;
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships and motivate staff;
  • Minimum of 12 years progressively responsible experience in health financing, health impact investing, and/or health innovation development, including senior level program management experience, preferably on regional or global programs;
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in a combination of the following: innovative financing mechanisms, including blended financing, strategy and/or management consulting, global health, market access bottleneck analyses, and implementing appropriate strategies;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a developing country;
  • Demonstrated experience managing USAID grants under contract highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and program design;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of government and civil society counterparts and donor;
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering localization through partnerships, capacity building, collaboration, and mentorship;
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with U.S., foreign government counterparts and experience with USAID is preferred;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Asia and/or East Africa;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


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