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Deputy Project Director at Abt

The World at Abt

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.


We are a team of 3,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment, energy, and innovation do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game.

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.

The Opportunity 

Abt seeks a qualified Deputy Project Director (PD) to support management of the anticipated Local Market Access and Innovative Finance (MAIF) Activity Follow-on. This activity is a follow-on to the current MAIF contract vehicle that was designed by the Bureau for Global Health’s Center for Innovation & Impact (CII) to assist Global Health offices, Missions, and other USAID offices to apply market-led approaches to accelerate global health goals. The purpose of this activity is for USAID to acquire support specifically through services and technical assistance on a range of market access and innovative financing expertise to improve global health outcomes.

Project is expected to start around March 2025.

This position will be full-time and location is flexible in the continental U.S. or in one of Abt’s East Africa offices. Position is contingent upon award.

Core Responsibilities

  • Oversees the creation and ensures the quality of all project technical deliverables;
  • Provide special expertise in the areas such as leveraging innovative financing instruments, developing new products/partnerships, supporting enabling environment for health financing, etc. with the objective of increasing access to capital/decrease cost of financing for global health initiatives.
  • Provides quality assurance to the technical interventions advanced by the project team and subcontractors/subawardees.
  • Supervise the project’s technical team to ensure a focus on core results, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation;
  • Ensures a project team environment conducive to gender, equity and social inclusion and ensures GESI incorporation in the health financing solutions;
  • Supervises and provides coaching and mentorship to support continuous technical staff development and high performance;
  • Together with the PD, serves as a senior manager to ensure activities are in compliance with USAID rules and regulations and activities meet program targets.
  • Provide strategic technical direction and guidance to staff in relevant areas, such as innovative financing strategies and grants management.
  • Contributes to a culture of continuous learning and adaptive management by working closely with the MEL team to ensure that the project applies key learnings from knowledge generated to adapt program activities as appropriate.

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What We Value

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public health, or another related field and minimum of 15 years progressively responsible management experience with global development programs or a Master’s and 12 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and leadership skills, including the ability to manage high-level relationships and motivate staff;
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in innovative health financing mechanisms including but not limited to health/micro insurance, impact investing, blended finance, impact bonds, microfinance, SME finance, loan guarantees, value based care, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience managing grants under contract highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and program design;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of government and civil society counterparts and donors
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering localization through partnerships, capacity building, collaboration, and mentorship;
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with U.S., foreign government counterparts and experience with USAID is preferred;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Asia and/or East Africa.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

What We Offer

  • We foster an environment where you can Thrive Your Way. Our innovative total rewards programs are designed to help balance your work and personal life. The approach toward your wellbeing centers around comprehensive benefits and professional development.
  • Abt is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Disclaimer: Abt will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment

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Abt is committed to creating a safe and inclusive work environment.  All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate background checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Abt also participates in the Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.