Project Manager

FHI 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd February, 2019

Job Description

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in civil society, health, nutrition, education, economic development, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions.

FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPB) supports citizens to mobilize effectively to influence policy, improve lives, and build peace. CSPB works with civil society to increase its credibility, visibility and effectiveness by building its capacity to:

  • Engage with local government to increase its responsiveness to citizen needs;
  • Solve community problems, engage youth in civic affairs, and provide needed services to citizens;
  • Advocate for social justice, democratic reforms, human rights, and effective policies;
  • Leverage and/or produce media content, such as for online, radio, and television, to promote social dialogue and tolerance; and
  • Promote peaceful solutions to conflict and support peace negotiations.
  • FHI 360’s Strengthening Civil Society Globally program (SCS Global) is dedicated to identifying and developing evidence-based and effective approaches to strengthening civil society and media in support of greater democracy and rights and better governance, as well as other development results, in open and closing environments.

Position Description:

CSPB seeks a Project Manager I with at least six years of international development experience or equivalent and at least three years of relevant project management experience to manage civil society programs and support business development efforts for the department. We seek an individual specializing in strengthening civil society with experience managing research projects and/or grant programs. The Project Manager I will be responsible for managing the operational and technical aspects of a global research project. The Project Manager will oversee a team of three individuals and will provide technical inputs on programming.

Primary Responsibilities for the Project Manager I include, but are not limited to the following:

Program Manager Tasks

  • Manage implementation of a global research project;
  • Ensure project quality and performance, and track performance against project timelines, budgets, objectives, and deliverables;
  • Supervise a group of two to three team members;
  • Liaise with local partners, international partner organizations, and donor representatives to ensure consistent and timely implementation of the research methodology;
  • Communicate with client regarding deliverables and programmatic tasks and issues, as needed;
  • Respond to inquiries and concerns from local partners, international partner organizations, and donor representatives as needed;
  • Design, implement, and coordinate specific program activities and conduct research to achieve program goals;
  • Oversee grants to local partners and provide them with technical guidance on the research methodology;
  • Organize meetings and calls among project stakeholders, and an annual launch event for the research products;
  • Lead technical conversations about how to enhance and innovate the methodology in future years, and disseminate survey to obtain feedback from project stakeholders;
  • Give training sessions to new local partners to acquaint them with requirements of the research methodology;
  • Develop technical guidance and resource documents on the research methodology and any innovations introduced, and assist with the implementation of the innovations;
  • Provide briefings on the research’s methodology and findings for USAID and other project stakeholders;
  • Contribute to program management in areas such as troubleshooting, preparing work plans and other programmatic deliverables, and overseeing operations activities;
  • Coordinate with other internal units at FHI 360, such as finance, contracts, etc.;
  • Help draft, edit, and review reports, briefing papers, press releases, and presentations as necessary for one or multiple projects/programs;
  • May directly supervise program officers and other staff; and
  • Provide technical input to projects, including monitoring and evaluation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in international development, international affairs, social sciences or related field;
  • At least six years of experience in international development program support, management, and/or implementation.
  • At least three years of experience managing development programs relevant to civil society;
  • Experience with USAID or Department of State programs;
  • Familiarity with FHI 360 systems and/or USAID rules and regulations strongly preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English;
  • Proficiency in French or another language preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated program/project management abilities;
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and work within a team under tight deadlines; and
  • Ability to prepare reports and provide information to management in a timely matter.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


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