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Digital Frontiers Digital Development and Cybersecurity Program Director
City/Country Location Details Washington, D.C., Remote
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Job Type Project
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Digital Frontiers Digital Development and Cybersecurity Program Director

Job Description



DAI implements the $90 million USAID-funded Digital Frontiers project, which works closely with USAID’s Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub, USAID Missions, the private sector, and international and local development organizations to identify successful and sustainable digital development approaches and scale their impact globally.

Some of our core workstreams include empowering women through digital connectivity, promoting the efficient and effective use of digital tools and technologies in agriculture, building cyber awareness and combating disinformation, and helping USAID Missions and Operating Units implement USAID’s first-ever Digital Strategy.



The Digital Frontiers Digital Development and Cybersecurity Director will oversee a portfolio of global cybersecurity and digital development programs. The Director will serve as the primary contact for USAID and other government clients and manage a staff of seven. The Director will also provide technical leadership and strategic planning for the program portfolio.  



·       Oversee the implementation of five programs focused on cybersecurity awareness and capacity-building, ICT-related policy support to national governments, supporting women entrepreneurs, and more.

·       Provide strategic advisory services to USAID, US State Department; including delivering presentations on activities, workplans, and learnings.

·       Drive thought leadership and build on technical areas of focus across the project.

·       Manage a wide range of clients across the globe across different Missions and different technical areas. 

·       Proactively push clients to activity design and development of substantive programming.

·       Build, manage, and track a large network of stakeholders across private sector, government, technical experts, academic institutions, industry associations, and other partners. Manage and track the technical progress and quality of program personnel, consultants and subcontractors, ensure the programs meet their targets.

·       Oversee the recruitment, onboarding, and management of any buy-in staff or consultants. This includes developing scopes of work and onboarding staff.

·       Report buy-in progress and upcoming issues/needs to the Project Director and Digital Frontiers core staff.

·       Provide occasional short-term technical support to the buy-ins including research, workplan development, and other tasks. Support development and review of technical deliverables and contribute to subsequent learning. 

·       Oversee subaward process and provide inputs to solicitations as needed.

·       Liaise with subawards, communications, monitoring, evaluations and learning (MEL), and operations and finance support teams within Digital Frontiers.

·       Manage program budget projections and spending.

·       Provide data and reports about the buy-in to Digital Frontiers MEL Specialist, Communications and Partnerships Manager, USAID, and others. Liaise with partners to ensure proper M&E data capture and data quality to contribute to overall project M&E reporting.

·       Direct MEL strategies and activities related to the buy-in portfolio




·       Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred.

·       At least 10 years’ project management and oversight experience.

·       High-level client relationship management skills and customer service orientation.

·       Expertise or experience in digital development, especially cybersecurity.

·       Experience managing staff.

·       Experience coordinating a complex set of resources and teams within an organization.

·       Experience managing and tracking multimillion-dollar budgets.

·       Knowledge of U.S. government regulations, policies, and procedures.

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·       Excellent customer service and client relationship management skills.

·       Must be eligible to work in the United States; DAI is unable to sponsor visas.



·       Experience implementing government or donor-funded programs in developing countries.

·       Experience with USAID.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.


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