USAID-Project Director

Key responsibilities:

Provide strategic direction on project management to ensure that the project targets and deliverables are technically sound and align with USAID’s priorities and regulations, ensure compliance, and lead the review of progress.
Lead and motivate the project team to efficiently deliver a high-quality programme promptly and cost-effectively by creating and sustaining a positive organisational culture that strives for excellence.
Represent AFIDEP and the BUILD consortium with key stakeholders, including USAID, other development partners, government ministries and departments, civil society, and the private sector, among others.
Project a positive image of the BUILD Project by cultivating and curating tangible relationships and partnerships to ensure the project goals are achieved.
Mobilise resources from other funding sources to extend project activities for sustainability.
Oversee contracting and management of implementing partners and support them in designing and operationalising their project work plans and budgets.
Oversee development of knowledge, evidence uptake, advocacy, and communications products to showcase the impact and promote the project.
Oversee the development and operationalisation of a robust monitoring, evaluation and learning system that effectively monitors, evaluates, and supports decision making
Oversee development and execution of a robust system to manage and account for project finances in line with USAID requirements.
Establish seamless communication and coordination among all the key stakeholders for effective implementation of interventions and tracking results.


Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in public health, environment, climate change, social sciences, international development, natural resource management, or related field
Over ten years of experience leading the implementation of similar multi-region, multi-country, and multi-partner programmes.
Experience in cultivating and nurturing strategic partnerships with development, state and non-state actors (including civil society, religious/traditional leaders and private sector), implementing organisations at regional, national and in-country levels.
Demonstrable experience managing complex, cross-country, cross-regional, and multicultural teams to achieve results. Ability to understand and support the needs of diverse projects across organisations.
Familiarity with USAID grant policies, regulations, and legislative requirements and experience working in a senior management position for USAID-funded projects, including being responsible for contract implementation and serving as the principal liaison with USAID on management and technical matters.
Demonstrable experience and relevant technical expertise in systems thinking and integrated approaches concerning reproductive health/family planning, population, health and environment (PHE), and population, environment and development (PED) will be a notable advantage.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and oral proficiency in English. Proficiency in French will be an added advantage.
Excellent planning, organisational, multi-tasking and decision-making skills
Ability to travel in Africa, Asia, and the United States to oversee project work and attend review meetings.


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To apply: Please send a motivation letter summarising your experience and suitability for the position, including the position title “BUILD Project Director’’ in the subject line of your email, and a detailed CV which should include three relevant referees  not later than 30th June 2022.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process

About African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

In 2009, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), an African-led, regional non-profit policy think tank, was established to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in the areas of population change and sustainable development, and health systems strengthening in Africa. The purpose of AFIDEP’s work is to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development by enabling the formulation of policies and programme interventions that are informed by sound research evidence in these focus areas. Our Context In spite of on-going efforts to improve the utilisation of research evidence in decision-making in Africa, there remain major challenges. Available research is largely fragmented in different scientific publications and not appropriately packaged for use by decision-makers. Furthermore, the evidence often does not fully meet the policy and programme needs of decision-makers since they rarely contribute to the initial identification of the knowledge gaps that the evidence seeks to fill. Use of evidence is particularly weak in closing the big gap between policies and implementation, which remains one of the most critical development challenges in Africa. This is partly because there is limited research evidence to inform effective design and implementation of interventions that have the best potential to improve lives.