Deputy Project Director

Fhi 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th March, 2020

Job Description

The FHI 360 Global Connections (GC) department is a leader in designing innovative international exchanges that promote leadership, professional development, academic opportunities and global collaboration. GC projects help emerging leaders from around the world develop their skills, make valuable global contacts and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s societies and cultures. GC programs are enriched by staff expertise in adult and youth learning approaches, a wide range of disciplines and sectors, and our extensive experience in every aspect of project design, implementation and evaluation.

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), provides a foundation of English-language skills to talented 13- to 20-year-olds from disadvantaged sectors around the world through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions in their home communities. As part of their course work, Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increase their ability to participate in their countries’ socioeconomic development and better prepare themselves to compete for future U.S. exchange and study programs. Since the program’s inception in 2004, over 150,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in Access activities. The Access program also provides professional development and exchange programs for selected teachers and program administrators.


  • Work with Project Director to plan and implement activities across five concurrent Cooperative Agreements with a total contract value of over $120 million to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Work closely with external funder and internal management to develop and cultivate a strategic vision and long-term strategic plan for the program.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with funding partner, the U.S. Department of State, and other stakeholders, including Regional English Language Officers and global in-country liaisons at U.S. Embassies or Consulates through the use of excellent communication skills and a solution-driven approach.
  • Build, manage, and mentor team of 14+ staff and continue to strategically expand, structure and professionally develop to align with client needs, organizational objectives, and strategic program growth.
  • Ensure project staff are successfully trained on mandate values, quality standards, policies and program objectives and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.
  • Oversee a collaborative process developing and refining operating procedures for issuing, managing, and monitoring large volume (600+) service agreements for educational program providers serving constituents in more than 80 countries worldwide.
  • Work with FHI 360 service units (Procurement, Contracts, Human Resources, Finance) to respond to project and client needs.
  • Establish management practices and systems for project activities and products that conform to FHI 360 internal accounting/contracts procedures and that respond to client program and grant requirements.
  • Work with FHI 360 Access Finance Manager to determine funding levels, review costs, and ensure allowability of project expenses.
  • Lead project staff in planning, coordinating, and administering U.S.-based workshops and exchanges, including identification of partners and collaboration with funder on content, scope, and implementation timeline.
  • Lead project staff in the planning, coordinating, and administering of online engagement activities, including Communities of Practice, virtual exchanges, and social media.
  • Coordinate with ECA Monitoring and Evaluation experts on the design and administration of M&E strategies and tools for in-country and exchange activities.
  • Lead the development of proposals for annual funding requests and competitive funding cycles.
  • Draft and ensure timely submission of high-quality work plans, annual program reports, and any other reports required by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Represent the program and FHI 360 at both internal and external events, as needed.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices with project management, process development, and execution.
  • Demonstrated experience developing collaborative relationships with clients.
  • Competency using software such as One Note, SharePoint, Excel, LMS and CRM systems, Deltek (or similar accounting software).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Ability to motivate, influence, and collaborate with others.


  • Master's Degree Preferred. Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in business, public administration, education, international education, or a related field.
  • 5-10 years of management experience with complex international education or international exchange projects, including financial management. Ideal candidate will have 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with design and implementation of international exchange programs, preferably those funded by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Demonstrated excellence managing concurrent cooperative agreement budgets, following 2 CFR 200/2 CFR 600 requirements.
  • Experience working in a non-government organization (NGO) or experience working with an international organization is highly desirable.
  • Superior supervisory skills.
  • Proven ability to initiate and launch innovative and creative endeavors to meet client needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff, plan strategically and meet program objectives.
  • Exceptional team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-sector project management and implementation.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international in scope.


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