Deputy 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 Deputy 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.


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


The Deputy Program Director will support the Program Director in the overall management of the contract. 

  • Serve as the Program Cycle advisor, ensuring the project provides high quality, timely, cost effective and collaborative Program Cycle services to USAID clients
  • Actively engage in planning, coordinating, and organizing consultancy assignments, identify, nominate and manage consultants, and negotiate terms of employment
  • Provide technical oversight and quality assurance of all assignment deliverables
  • Provide day to day management of long-term technical and administrative staff, and short and medium-term consultants
  • Develop and review scopes of work
  • Liaise with USAID’s PPL Bureau and other OUs, including overseas missions
  • Schedule, participate in and lead, as appropriate, client briefings
  • Draft all quarterly and annual reports, and other contractually required documents
  • Ensure all financial reports are submitted accurately and on time
  • Serve as Acting program director in the absence of the program director
  • Provide other assistance to the Program Director, as needed



  • Advanced degree in social science research, public policy, economics or other related degree
  • A minimum of 7 years of demonstrated experience in international development. (At least 2 of the 7 years is in-country developing country experience)
  • At least 5 years of experience as a Program Manager, Deputy Director, Deputy Chief of Party 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
  • Familiarity with USAID human resource, financial management, and procurement rules and processes
  • Able to effectively lead, manage, and coach teams
  • At least 3 years of experience leading or participating in evaluations, project/activity designs, strategic planning, or capacity building in any of the Program Cycle component areas. 
  • Excellent English language writing skills
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen. 


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