Job Description

Project Director

Location: Rosslyn, VA

Posting Date: 02/05/2018

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.


John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. Our organization is currently seeking Project Director candidates for a possible award of the USAID centrally-funded project focused on the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Should JSI be the successful bidder, our team will work to provide implementation support services, technical assistance, and capacity building
to countries to accelerate progress for NTD control and elimination.

The Project Director is a full-time position and will be based in the Washington, DC office. The Project Director is responsible for strategic planning, leadership, technical quality, and management of this project.


  • Provide vision, direction, leadership, and coordination in planning, implementing, and evaluating all project activities, including strategic planning, work planning, program development, and management to ensure timely achievement of project results.
  • Serve as the single representative with USAID Washington and Missions responsible for addressing all issues, concerns, or problems and being readily available to respond to questions and comments raised by the host government officials.
  • Provide strategic guidance on country-level buy-in from both the Missions and the host government.
  • Ensure bi-directional learning between and among core-funded global leadership activities and bilateral programs.
  • Represent the project and cultivate strategic relationships with USAID, team members, other cooperating agencies, global and regional institutions, donors, private sector entities, government ministries, and other stakeholders for the smooth implementation of project activities;
  • Represent the Project and JSI at international NTD Control and Elimination technical meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Supervise all aspects of contract work, including consultant and subcontractor identification and management, dissemination of information, and submission of reports and other contract deliverables.
  • Manage sub-agreement partners to ensure coordinated inputs from all partners and collaborators into the technical and managerial quality. Foster good collaboration and team spirit among and between partners.
  • Manage all senior level staff, and assure that all personnel efforts are aimed toward achieving goals, objectives, and results.
  • Increase global support for the use of NTD control and elimination best practices by advocating to key multilateral and bilateral partners and in-country stakeholders, collaborating with other USAID projects, and advancing global and country learning through strategic knowledge management.
  • Identify key project innovations and successes for dissemination through a variety of communication channels
  • Develop and test novel approaches to NTD control and elimination for hard-to-reach and vulnerable subgroups within target populations.


  • A Masters degree related to health, social sciences, or development;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience working on projects in low- and/or middle-income countries, with at least 5 years of senior level experience leading complex, multi-country projects;
  • Demonstrated capacity to operate within the NTD community and function as a leader on matters of NTD control and elimination in low-income countries.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing, coordinating multiple partners, and implementing NTD programs;
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills; and
  • Effective English oral and written communications skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Government or international development organization policies and procedures as they relate to international development and health program management.
  • Ability to interact professionally in one or more of the following languages (Spanish, Portuguese, or French).

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

No phone calls please.
Principals only please.

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