Responsibilities for this role will include people and project management, knowledge management, development and management of project strategic goals, individual staff development, new business development, and review and quality control of technical work plans ensuring high quality of final products/deliverables. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Project and personnel management:

  • Provide oversight and day-to-day management of core workplan flow, progress and deliverables to ensure that all core activities are ‘on track' to achieve results. Support core staff to evaluate project progress and iterate on areas of the work that aren't moving forward as planned
  • Provide strategic oversight and operational leadership to the ACS Core Team; manage finance, administration, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation (MELA) and communications staff; and provide close support to the ACS Project Director, country teams, and ACS partners (Duke, FEED the Children and AMREF)
  • Act as mentor, coach, trusted resource and manager to help the ACS team set personal and project goals
  • Help build an effective organizational culture and participate in key organizational decisions as part of the ACS Management Team
  • Manage sub-award relationships, including budget negotiations, workplan contributions, milestones, and regular communication with existing and new partners
  • Provide oversight for project activity budgeting in line with workplanning, and for budget tracking and projections, and ensure sound fiscal management and compliance across ACS work
  • Provide oversight of knowledge management for ACS core work
  • Manage country buy-in and business development related to ACS
  • Propose system and process improvements for core operations, facilitate leadership decision-making by technical leads, and oversee implementation of agreed changes

Partner engagement:

  • Proactive, professional, and problem-solving client management, including that ensuring communications flow; deliverables are met; and funding and contract adjustments are submitted, approved, and received
  • Ability to represent ACS (management team), independently engage, and manage relationships within R4D and with other key partners, collaborators, and clients as needed, including USAID
  • Participate in public forums and effectively engage audiences influencing their thinking, behavior, and overall opinion of ACS and R4D


See Resonsabilities as listed above.


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master's (or PhD) in relevant field (public health, health economics, public/social policy, public administration or similar)
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience, with increasing management responsibilities
  • Experience engaging with and leading work with public and private sector health institutions/organizations
  • Extremely strong people and project management skills, with proven experience designing operational models and successfully implementing complex programs with multiple partners and work streams
  • Excellent, proven USAID complex project management experience at a high level (D.C.- and USAID Mission-funded)
  • Knowledge of global health and development, with experience working with global institutions on global initiatives
  • Previous work experience with global development NGOs, bilateral or multilateral development agencies, in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Prior experience in MELA and Communications preferred
  • Highly collaborative engagement style, with demonstrated experience leading teams, building and managing relationships and partnerships with a range of players
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to lead the production of highly professional work products and previous experience presenting and facilitating in international settings
  • Structured, process-oriented thinking with excellent analytical skills, and ability to effectively set priorities and handle competing time and resource demands
  • Proven abilities to work effectively with a cross-cultural, geographically-dispersed team
  • Working knowledge of French and/or another widely spoken language in Africa preferred
  • Able to travel 20-25% in sub-Saharan Africa