PROGRAM DIRECTOR, USAID LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE AND SERVICES FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT, D-Lab, to assume overall responsibility for coordinating all project activities and staff. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Center for Development Research (CDR) in the U.S. Global Development Lab (Lab), plans to invest in a five-year Cooperative Agreement with a Higher Education Institution (HEI)1 to support a project entitled Long-term2 Assistance and Services for Research3 (LASER). MIT is preparing a proposal response for the anticipated Cooperative Agreement which aims to support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. USAID will support a recipient to identify new research questions, fund research activities, translate research results into development impact, and build capacity of local higher education institutions and researchers. Will have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID; be responsible for strategic direction and management and mobilizing research networks and relevant assets within and across development partners; ensure that resources are allocated and used in compliance with agreement requirements, applicable USG regulations, and appropriate standards and procedures; and cultivate open and collaborative management relationships with the project team at USAID/Washington and with the sister project Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC).
REQUIRED: master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in international affairs, public administration, public policy, or a related field; at least ten years’ experience in a senior-level management position leading, managing, and implementing development-relevant projects with research components, preferably within a university context or with university partnerships; and at least five years’ supervisory experience. Experience interacting with U.S. government agencies and managing U.S. government awards (contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements) strongly preferred.
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