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Senior Project Director- Survey Monitoring for Resilience and Food Security
ICF is seeking a Project Director/Chief of Party to lead its 5-year USAID-funded Survey Monitoring for Resilience and Food Security (SMRFS) project. SMRFS’ purpose is to improve the quality and use of population-based survey (PBS) data to inform strategic and programmatic decision making in Feed the Future target, resilience focus, and Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Resilience and Food Security (RFSA) countries.
This is an outstanding opportunity to lead and inspire a very talented and motivated team of ~20 professionals who support activities related to survey design, implementation, data analysis, and utilization in partnership with host-country organizations. Not only is there an emphasis on delivering quality results but also on developing the capacity within USAID, in-country survey implementers, and other stakeholders to better collect, analyze and use PBS data.
The project is driven by 3 overarching objectives:
- Objective 1: Implement the project, including financial, and operational management of high-quality PBSs for RFS and Feed the Future target, resilience focus, and Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Resilience and Food Security Activity countries. [Core Activities]
- Objective 2: Provide technical assistance to local survey partners in the design and implementation of PBS data collection, analysis, and reporting using state-of-the-art methods that are standardized across surveys. [Survey Activities]
- Objective 3: Support activities that provide methodological, technical, capacity building, and communication products to improve the collection, analysis, and use of PBS data. [Support Activities]
What you’ll be doing:
- Serve as a key technical resource to BRFS to ensure that core indicators and corresponding tools and resources reflect global standards and are on the leading edge.
- Mentor and support a talented team of professionals to ensure a common technical vision for the project that aligns with BRFS’ strategic priorities.
Project Management and Operations:
- Serve as the primary point of contact with RFS, USAID Missions, host country governments, and subcontractors.
- Facilitate the development of efficient systems for program performance; refine and document processes to ensure disciplined, measurable results against program targets.
- Ensure that field teams and local partners have sufficient training and adequate resources to implement surveys and other tasks.
- Lead the Project to ensure superior client service delivery and growth.
- Lead a team of 20 professionals.
- Support organizational capability by developing team members, identify/implement career growth plans for staff, invest in new talent, and ensure high levels of employee engagement.
- Demonstrate a leadership style that motivates and inspires members to innovate and investigate new and creative solutions to solve challenges.
Required Skills and Experience:
- 15+ years of experience planning, implementing, and delivering multi-topic population-based household surveys.
- Master’s Degree in public health, demography, sociology, economics, or related field.
- Demonstrated experience and/or fluency with the Feed the Future Program.
- Strong understanding of Feed the Future’s Population-based Indicators and BHA RFSA Population-level indicators.
- Demonstrated experience engaging effectively with multilateral and bilateral organizations that partner with the Feed the Future Program to carry out its objectives, including WHO, FAO, Government, NGO and University partners.
- Proven success as a People Leader including demonstrated experience managing large projects with many staff members and activities in multiple countries.
- Demonstrated ability to foster partnership with multiple internal and external partners, subject matter experts and vendors to help plan work, develop capacity and ensure timely and effective project delivery.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% internationally and other travel as needed (temporally remote work, post-COVID travel in line with public health guidelines)
- Authorization to work in the US.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- 20+ years of experience planning, implementing, and delivering multi-topic population-based household surveys.
- Experience managing large, complex USAID projects strongly preferred.
- Fluency in French
- Strategic but hands-on leader with exceptional organizational, communications, and people management skills.
- Positive, pragmatic, and collaborative style, with an ability to generate enthusiasm, train and develop others, and be innovative in accomplishing goals in a large, complex, multi-cultural, and matrixed environment.
- Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
- Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.
- Proficiency in MS Office Applications and CRM tools (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and TEAMS).
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