Program Director

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
Regular Full-Time


CAMRIS International is a development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.


CAMRIS is seeking a Program Director (PD) who can work independently to provide leadership and oversight to lead a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) project to provide services to strengthen USAID Operating Unit’s (OUs) implementation of Program Cycle mechanisms.  S/he will manage a portfolio of assignments and a cadre of short-term experts in strategic planning, project and activity design, performance monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and collaborative learning and adapting (CLA).  S/he will be responsible for all aspects of an assignment including assignment planning, design, recruitment, budget management, implementation, and close-out. 


The project provides USAID’s PPL Bureau with ready access to high-quality, external technical expertise to:


  • Support PPL to implement the Program Cycle as the Agency’s business model for evidence-based program design, implementation, learning, and adapting to operationalize Agency priorities and achieve development outcomes;
  • Provide support and capacity building of USAID OUs to implement the Program Cycle, including through buy-ins for both technical and staff support;
  • Build capacity in each component of the Program Cycle and across components of the Program Cycle in order to strengthen overall Agency technical expertise in strategic planning, project design, activity design, monitoring, evaluation, and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA), including through training;
  • Facilitate and coordinate sharing of examples from field and Washington OU Program Cycle implementation, and synthesize as appropriate to facilitate peer-to-peer learning;
  • Monitor, evaluate, and strategically learn from activities implemented under this mechanism;
  • Provide thought leadership on and support the testing of innovative techniques related to the Program Cycle, including in strategic planning, project and activity design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning;
  • Provide support for internal and external web-based platforms to facilitate communications across OUs and support knowledge management; and
  • Partner with the private sector and/or provide grants under contract in partnership with eligible organizations (academia, non-profit, foundations) to achieve the other objectives listed above, if directed by PPL or another USAID OU.


The Program Director will be responsible for the overall management of the contract.  In addition, s/he will be responsible for the technical supervision of all aspects of contract work,
including consultant identification and management, dissemination of information, and submission of reports and other contract deliverables. The Project Director is expected to take an active role in organizing consultancies to ensure that the interests of USAID are best served at the lowest possible price. The Program Director will collaborate with the COR and Contracting Officer in carrying out the project activities.


*This is a forecasted position and it is contingent upon contract award. 


Duties and composition of portfolio for the Program Director will vary based on project needs, but may include the following types of activities:


Assignment Planning and Logistics Preparation

  • Provide vision and overall leadership to operations
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to the USAID contracting officer and contracting officer’s representative
  • Manage the assignment planning process, including coordinating with the USAID client to refine scopes of work and cost estimates, develop implementation timelines, etc.
  • Recruit long-term staff and short- and medium-term consultants
  • Arrange all logistical support for Program Cycle consultants both in the United States and overseas
  • Organize and support Team Planning Meetings


  • Ensure provision of timely, relevant, high quality program cycle support services
  • Engage regularly with USAID, implementing partners and other stakeholders to respond to evolving needs
  • Identify adjustments in scope and operations to ensure that the project adapts to changes in need and context
  • Ensure all USAID rules and regulations are followed
  • Supervise and empower all technical and administrative project staff
  • Collaborate closely with CAMRIS technical and operations staff
  • Monitor and track assignment progress
  • Provide quality assurance and responsiveness to all COR and A/COR requests
  • Maintain communication with consultants and clients to ensure that consultants are supported throughout the course of their assignments and to ensure smooth implementation


  • Advanced degree in social science research, public policy, economics, business, or other related area.
  • A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in international development. (At least 3 of the 10 years is in-country developing country experience)
  • At least 5 years of experience as a USAID Chief of Party, Project Director, Deputy Director or senior manager of complex programs providing technical assistance and capacity building services to USAID or other donor projects
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID’s Program Cycle Mechanisms
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID ADS 201 and 205
  • At least 5 years of experience leading or participating in evaluations, project/activity designs, strategic planning, or capacity building in any of the Program Cycle component areas.
  • Strong interpersonal, managerial, and mentoring skills
  • Familiarity with USAID human resource, financial management, and procurement processes
  • Excellent English language writing skills
  • Experience managing complex, multifaceted, demand driven tasks and activities
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating activities with a variety of organizations, including universities, foundations, NGOs, private firms, international organizations, and other donors.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen. 


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