Project Director, UTTI Activity Suva, Fiji

American Councils for International Education

About the organization

The world’s most successful institutions and determined nations work with American Councils for International Education through cultural exchange, language training, and professional development.

Since 1974, our educational portfolio has grown to include 90 countries important to national security, prosperity, and peace. Our programs are backed by thorough research to ensure their quality and integrity. Our participants represent a spectrum of learners, from high school through the postdoctoral and professional level.

To date, we have built a community of more than 100,000 alumni, including national leaders, ministers, members of parliament, ambassadors, and CEOs.


The Project Director will supervise 2 staff in Fiji and 2 staff in Kiribati, overseeing day-to-day operations in both Fiji and Kiribati. This position requires travel to Kiribati multiple times per year and works in conjunction with staff in Washington, DC.

• Provide overall leadership, management, and technical direction for the project while ensuring an integrated vision and strategy among different components and actors;
• Work jointly with MCC and American Councils’ D.C.-based staff to develop and implement project strategies;
• Oversee administration of the project and fiscal management to ensure all activities and expenditures comply with both American Councils and MCC policies;
• Manage a team of local and international staff; lead the preparation of strategic plans, work plans and budgets, and staffing plans;
• Provide D.C. office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitor all outgoing and incoming funds;
• Oversees all M&E activities to ensure accuracy of data and that reporting deadlines are met;
• Manage all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; security; risk mitigation; and oversee hiring practices and performance review of staff in line with project requirements;
• Represent American Councils in individual consultations, public appearances, program orientations, funder meetings, and meetings with potential and existing partners; and
• Other duties as assigned.


• Able to work in Fiji and travel to Kiribati 30% of time;
• Master’s degree in Education, Economics, Public Administration, Business Administration, International Development, or a related field;
• At least eight years of relevant experience including at least 5 years as a Chief of Party or senior manager of projects of similar scope and complexity, preferably with MCC or USAID as the funder;
• Experience working preferably in Pacific Islands or a similar setting;
• Demonstrated experience and/or understanding of positive youth development (PYD) principles, language acquisition, ICT skill development, and/or cross-cultural workplace behavior development;
• A proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members and partners;
• Professional fluency in English in both written and oral communication required;
• Experience studying in a U.S high school preferred;
• Excellent presentation and negotiation skills and experience; and
• Confident networking ability; demonstrated track record of creating and maintaining productive working relationships across government, private sector, and academia.

The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2024.

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