RTI International’s Global Health Division is currently accepting applications for a Project Director (PD) for an anticipated USAID-funded Global Health Security (GHS) project. Under this anticipated 5-year activity, USAID will focus on strengthening global health security, especially accelerating the capabilities of targeted countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and present and future health threats. RTI anticipates that this activity will also focus on building the capacity of local institutions to address the health security capacity gaps in targeted countries at high risk of infectious disease threats and outbreaks; targeted, applied GHS research; and critical policy and advocacy support.
The Project Director reports to the U.S. based Project Manager and is responsible for leadership and management of the project’s performance, providing overall direction to the program, and representing RTI to stakeholders at the international and national levels. The Project Director will maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders (e.g., USAID, MoH, strategic partners at the national, provincial, and district level) and secure the necessary resources (technical, financial, logistical, and human) to support the project. This is a full-time position based in the US requiring travel to high-priority project countries.
- Serve as RTI’s point-of-contact with USAID, MoH, WHO, consortium partners, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners at the national, provincial, and district levels.
- Oversee all technical and operational activities supported under the project.
- Provide significant leadership and guidance to project staff and partners.
- Proactively assess the feasibility of project scope and activities and develop annual work plans and budgets, in alignment with the national surveillance strategies and directives.
- Oversee project engagement activities including identifying strategic partners and stakeholders.
- Provide technical and contextual guidance for developing country specific and sustainable implementation strategies to further strengthen surveillance systems.
- Hire project staff as needed; manage staff and resources to ensure that project activities/deliverables are on time, on budget, and on target for accomplishing short- and long-term project goals.
- Seek solutions for issues that may affect the project timeline, costs, or quality of deliverables.
- Promptly report unexpected delays, costs, or quality issues to the RTI Project Manager and USAID.
- Responsible for all project reporting.
- Develop of an exit strategy that ensures the sustainability of capacity-building initiatives of the project.
Financial and Administrative Duties
- Work closely with Program Manager, finance and technical staff, pertinent RTI regional and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analysed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives.
- Ensure compliance with RTI and USAID procedures and policies.
- Manage project financial and administrative activities, requesting direction from RTI headquarters business partners as needed.
- Ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analysed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives and results.
- When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government and non-government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full compliance with local laws (e.g., with respect to taxes, pension, shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with RTI systems and procedures.
- Directly supervise and mentor project staff.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- PhD with 6 years of experience or a Master’s degree with 10 years of experience working in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, or other global health security-related field.
- Preference for five+ years of experience working in related fields (infectious disease epidemiology or surveillance, public health preparedness, surveillance system strengthening, global health security).
- Previous experience managing U.S. government-funded projects, including staff supervision and budget oversight.
- Demonstrated expertise in building public health capacity and establishing collaborative relationships with stakeholders at multiple levels.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be capable of effective oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of French preferred.
Position is contingent upon award and funding.
The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.
RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.
At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.