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Project Director II

Nairobi (Kenya)

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Project Director / Chief of Party


The Project Director/Chief of Party (COP) will be the project’s senior supervisor and will oversee all aspects of performance for a public health project in Kenya. Under the supervision of the Country Director, the COP will serve as the project’s principal contact point for funder, government, civil society, and implementing partners.

The COP will supervise and oversee project staff and consultants. S/he will have overall responsibility for ensuring that procedures are established and adhered to for activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, procurement, budgeting, and financial accounting. S/he will provide overall supervision of implementing partners and ensure timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results. This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and is contingent upon receipt of award and funder approval of key personnel.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Lead and provide day-to-day management oversight and technical guidance to the project, including general financial oversight and programmatic monitoring, ensuring quality and timeliness of all activities.
  • Oversee project technical and strategic planning including Country Operational Plan and annual work plan, budget, progress reports, and financial reports, and ensure timeliness and quality of project deliverables.
  • Ensure programming complies with priorities and systems of the Government of Kenya, the funder, and FHI 360/global rules and regulations, and that systems are in place so that local implementing agencies fully comply with programming, implementation, reporting and evaluation procedures. Serve as the primary liaison for the project with the funder, government counterparts, other stakeholders, and FHI 360 headquarters, playing a coordination role as needed.
  • Provide ongoing programming/technical support and guidance to build the capacity of the government counterparts and civil society in coordinating, managing and implementing relevant public health services.
  • Conduct appropriate monitoring of subprojects to achieve financial, administrative, and programmatic goals.
  • Manage the selection, development, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff and budgets including recruitment, establishment of performance expectations, performance assessments, recommended action based on performance (e.g., recognition, disciplinary action).
  • Provide leadership and team building at the project level and supervise project staff.
  • Represent the project and FHI 360 with external audiences as needed.
  • Participate in country office strategic planning and resource development efforts, if necessary.
  • Participate and contribute to the overall mission of FHI 360. Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in international development, public health or related field with minimum 10 years of relevant experience with at.
  • At least seven years demonstrated state-of-the-art experience within the capacity as senior staff in at least two of the following areas: HIV/AIDS care and treatment; maternal, newborn and child health; reproductive health; nutrition; quality improvement/ quality assurance; health systems strengthening; M&E; and operations research.
  • At least five years’ international experience in development, managing, overseeing, or evaluating public health programs of similar size and complexity.
  • At least seven years’ experience in program management and administration, financial management, award contractual compliance, subaward management, and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams.
  • Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description.
  • Experience managing US government funded projects with sub awards to local partners highly preferred.
  • Experience living and working in Kenya preferred; Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, lead teams, make high-level decisions, and navigate politically-sensitive terrain.

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.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-17

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