Project Director, Emerging Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction
International Health and DevelopmentProject Director, Emerging Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction
Rockville , Maryland
Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.
ICF is seeking a Project Director for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Emerging Zoonotic Disease Risk Reduction project. The goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of select countries in Asia and Africa to emerging zoonotic diseases and AMR by strengthening capacities to (1) monitor prioritized emerging zoonotic disease and AMR threats as well as behaviors related to their spillover, amplification, and spread at high-risk animal-human interfaces; and (2) begin reducing the risk of spillover, amplification, and spread for prioritized emerging zoonotic disease and AMR threats in high-risk animal and human populations.
The Project Director will provide technical direction and leadership, and external engagement on project issues, including liaising with subcontractors, USAID missions, host country governments, other USAID implementing partners, and Washington, DC area-based staff. The Project Director will provide technical support to project field programs and deliver management oversight, quality control, and results management to project activities. The PD will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for delivery of quality services. Administrative responsibilities include liaising with client, managing staff, overseeing project budgets, and planning and management of project activities. The position is based in Rockville, MD with international travel.
The Project Director will coordinate the provision of technical services and ensure a coordinated, integrated approach across the project components that applies the core project approaches to all project activities. Responsibilities specifically include:
- Set direction and coordinate annual workplan development and implementation. Identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation to create synergies between program areas.
- Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders across the multiple project-related sectors and countries.
- Manage direct reports, including the country leads, technical lead advisors, M&E and quality control manager, operations and finance director, and other staff.
- Oversee the technical advisor pool including meeting STTA needs with field technical staff.
- Liaise routinely with the client on project planning, execution, contract and budgeting, and other high-level client management issues. Serve as primary management POC for subcontractors.
- Maintain close coordination with USG partner Agencies to ensure mutual understanding, coordinated, synergistic, and non-duplicative plans, activities, results, and reporting.
- Ensure coordination of project and broader efforts to maximize contributions toward GHSA and other global targets.
- Mentor, support, supervise, and manage a team of highly qualified technical staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results.
- Lead the partner consortium to leverage the full power of the partnership to meet project objectives and client needs.
- Ensure quality program implementation, including ensuring all program components are functioning (appropriate guidelines, supplies and materials, training programs, staff and consultants, etc.). Work with relevant staff to establish strong project policies and processes.
- Guide the analysis, synthesis, and reporting of outputs and results
- Represent the project at outside meetings, conferences, and other client-endorsed events.
- Ensure that the project meets all contractual deliverables and reporting requirements.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
- A minimum of a Master’s degree in science, management, public health, veterinary sciences, or an equivalent field.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience working on international projects related to infectious disease.
- A minimum of 8 years of experience as lead or deputy lead for projects with similar scale, scope, and complexity
- Strong familiarity with USAID’s operating environment, policies and initiatives.
- A demonstrated ability to manage multiple partners across multiple countries/geographies.
- A demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country governments and international organizations (including senior government officials), and USG Agencies.
- Experience quickly starting up project activities in multiple countries with varied scopes of work is required
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
- French language skills
- Experience leading activities in support of the Global Health Security Agenda
Working at ICF
Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.
ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)
Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email email@example.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.
Rockville, MD (MD18)