Project Director

Palladium International, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th September, 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium is seeking a Project Director for the USAID/MOMENTUM 2A opportunity, a potential upcoming global project focusing on providing targeted TA to USAID missions, partner countries, and local organizations to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and FP/RH outcomes, as well as contribute to global technical leadership and policy-dialogue for achievement of MNCH/FP/RH goals. The Project Director must have the professional expertise and relationships that demonstrate her/his ability to be a global thought leader in this field, as well as ensure that the global project fulfills its goals and objectives. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. To enable adequate managerial oversight of the project, it is envisioned that the Project Director's international travel will be limited to 25-30%. The Project Director will report to the VP, Health. This position is contingent upon award and funding.


The Project Director will have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Direct the project's strategic vision, design, and implementation with the aim of advancing the project purpose, objectives, and guiding principles.
  • Oversee a team of senior technical and program management staff and facilitate strong communication and coordination with and between all team members.
  • Lead development of annual workplans for timely submission to and approval by the client and ensure that agreed upon activities and targets are fully accomplished, meet expected technical and management quality standards, and are delivered on schedule and on budget.
  • Provide oversight of project subcontractors/subawardees, ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables, and facilitate regular communication among implementing partners to encourage maximum participation in the project.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for the client/donor and ensure communications flow smoothly.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain strategic partnerships with USAID, other U.S. government agencies and projects, host-country governments and counterparts, international donors, multilateral organizations, and civil society and private sector partners in developing countries.
  • Identify opportunities and negotiate partnership programs to leverage synergistic donor, governmental, and organizational resources.
  • Promote sustainability of project aims and activities through engendering ownership by host countries and building capacity of host-country individuals, institutions, and systems.


  • A total of at least 20 years of experience on public health projects in/for developing countries or countries in transition, including 15 years of progressively increasing responsibility in leading and managing successful USAID programs of global or regional scope in the areas of MNCH/FP/RH or related areas.
  • A master's degree or higher in public health, medicine, international development, business administration, or social sciences, or other health- or management-related advanced degree required.
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on MNCH/FP/RH and related issues in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in building partnerships to achieve mutual goals and objectives, including with U.S. government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, international donors, multilateral organizations, and civil society and private sector partners in developing countries.
  • Experience with multiple health intervention areas, with a strong grounding in one or more of the following, MNCH, FP/RH, adolescent health, and nutrition.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for effective communication and interaction within the project and to promote and position the project in the broader global health arena.
  • Strong management skills to guide all project human, technical, and financial resources.
  • Fluency/proficiency in a second language of relevance to a developing country context (highly desirable).
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills in English


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