Project Director
Pathfinder International

Job Info

Pathfinder Overview:

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.


The Project Director of the USAID Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning (also known as Shukhi Jibon) has an appropriate balance of leadership, managerial, technical, and interpersonal skills and experience. They have a deep understanding of the overall goals and objectives of the donor funded program and will be able to articulate the strategic vision for the project. They have demonstrated experience inspiring and motivating teams in complex environments. They also have experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, USAID, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations. The Project Director has the overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff, ensuring project objectives and targets are met, representing the project to the donor and key stakeholders, including government officials, partners, and others.

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Strategic Development and Implementation: Provides strategic direction on all program activities. Develops and updates the project work plan, ensuring programmatic approaches are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with donor priorities.
  2. Project Implementation: Ensures the project achieves the greatest possible impact, including providing the necessary leadership to inspire and motivate the project team to implement performance objectives and mandates in a timely and cost-efficient fashion. Meets the highest quality standards and value for money and ensures project compliance with donor rules/regulations and Pathfinder SOPs, including technical guidelines.
  3. Pathfinder Representation: Serves as the senior representative for Pathfinder to USAID, Government of Bangladesh agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations. Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships and ensures that Pathfinder is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner and achieves project targets.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy: In collaboration with the MEL Specialist, provide leadership and direction to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks, plans, systems and indicators tocapture and monitor/evaluate project resources, performance and results.
  5. Financial and Operations Management: In collaboration with the Finance and Operations Director, establish and maintain the ongoing financial and grants operations, including monthly pipeline reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables.
  6. Internal Partnerships: Partner successfully with Pathfinder's Senior Program Director and US-based financial, technical, and operations officers by providing accurate and timely reporting, updates on the project progress, monitor quality of project implementation, and coordinate provision of relevant technical assistance based on project needs.
  7. Security Monitoring: Ensure that appropriate security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly, and adhered to by staff. Monitor the security situation and provide leadership for staff in emergencies.
  8. Funding and Grants Management: Develops networks and partnerships with national/regional/international institutions in Bangladesh and spearheads donor collaboration, fund raising and project development within the country. Undertakes diversified local and international fundraising initiatives to strengthen program funding and sustainability. Coordinates the production of good quality funding proposals and responds to calls for proposals. Ensures that effective grant management systems are in place and are consistent with Pathfinder's fund seeking and management policy.
  9. Human Resources Management and Organizational Development: Provides leadership support to country staff and promotes best practices in human resources management. Oversees adequate implementation of the performance management system including performance objectives and planning, review, appraisal and staff development. Oversees and monitors efficiency and fairness of recruitment processes. Provides coaching and counselling advice to staff when necessary and leads initiatives to develop staff capacity.
  10. Information, Communication and Learning: Ensures programs are maintaining a coordinated and agreed upon information exchange both internally and in its dealing with external parties. Ensures that all communication infrastructures are set up and smooth information flow ismaintained. Ensures that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across the organization.

Required Education, Training and Experience:
    • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, or related field.
    • Over 10 years of progressive program management experience overseeing donor funded projects.
    • Professional experience working in a senior management position for USAID funded projects.
    • Professional experience working in a senior management position for donor funded projects.
    • Experience interacting with wide range of agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations is essential.
    • Previous experience working in South Asia, and preferably in Bangladesh where project will be based is a distinct advantage.

    Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
    • Program Management: Experience in program management and administration, financial management, award compliance and sub award management, and tracking activity performance and costs.
    • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
    • Relationship Building: Demonstrated depth and breadth of relevant technical expertise and experience, interpersonal skills and professional relationships.
    • Management and Supervision: Proven ability to lead, manage, and develop direct reports within a matrix culture.
    • Operations and Financial Management: Deep knowledge of operations and financial management on a donor funded project.

    Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
    • Languages: Written and spoken English required. Bangla language skills are an advantage.
    • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
    • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
    • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
    • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
    • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
    • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related matters

    Other Information:
    • Ability to travel throughout country to project sites (up to 35%)
    • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

    Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
    • Project Management Planning and Management: Proven ability to manage complex projects that include multiple stakeholders and meet critical deadlines. Proven ability to plan and manage cross-functional initiatives. This includes the ability to effectively synthesize and coordinate the work of others.
    • Job-Specific Software Applications: Foundational knowledge of contemporary software applications for design and web-based solutions and apps, specifically content management systems. Knowledge of and experience using project management tools and digital analytics tools strongly preferred.
    • Reporting: Proven ability to read and interpret data for reporting and conduct trend analysis. Proven ability to generate and present standard reports.
    • Customer Service Skills:Strong customer service skills.
    • Organization, Planning, and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.
    • Detail-Oriented: Proven ability to focus attention on details.
    • Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.

    Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
    • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft products, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
    • Analysis and Sound Judgment: Advanced analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
    • Communication: Oral and written communication skills using different forms of media. Ability to translate complex concepts to individuals at all levels.
    • Languages: Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using local languages and English language
    • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures, and ability to adapt local practices to global standards.
    • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
    • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices

    Other Information:
    • Based in any Pathfinder office location
    • Travel Required (at least 10%)
    • Uses cellular or desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

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