Managing Director

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Managing Director

Term 12 months with the possibility of extension, 3 month probation period

Contract Position Full-time

Location Remote

Travel 15-25% depending on project needs

Expected Start Date 1 March 2022

Closing Date for Applications 17 February 2022

Is this you?

We’re looking for someone who can help us manage Common Thread’s growing team and portfolio of work. You should be a whiz at administration, finance and budgeting, human resources, business management and business growth. You love getting into the details of account and project management, but can translate that to strategic, big picture thinking. Most importantly, we’re looking for someone who can take initiative, and who knows a thing or two about managing talent, clients, and can help Common Thread foster our dynamic, efficient, people-centred culture. If this sounds like you, get in touch!

Who we are

Common Thread has been shaking up the world of global public health since 2017. We harness the power of human behaviour to stop the spread of disease, connecting behavioural insights with community insights to design public health solutions that always put people first. We blend the best of human-centred design, behavioural science, anthropology, marketing and other disciplines to create unique solutions. Our clients and partners include the world’s leading organisations and experts in global health, international development, and behavioural science.

How we work

We are a small, fully remote company with associates and contractors based all over the world. We search hard to find “our people” and are looking for talented individuals to join the growing Common Thread family. We’re looking for autonomous and creative team players who can work independently, but also collaborate with – and offer support to – a high performing team. Our team learns together, laughs together, and works hard to design powerful behavioural solutions that make an impact.

We don’t rely on titles, but our job descriptions do. That way, you can find the perfect fit before you apply. 

We are currently looking for a Managing Director to: 

  • Provide strategic leadership on operations, human resources and client engagement.
  • Lead the management of Common Thread’s operations, including working collaboratively to design and lead corporate policy, including project management and human resources. 
  • Ensure oversight of business operations, analysis of operational data, and ensure CT is fit for purpose to meet its vision and mission, and serve clients and communities most effectively.
  • Research and recommend a suite of business systems for the company to invest in to function effectively (e.g. Zoom, Miro,, etc.
  • Identify, coordinate and pursue business development opportunities, including on how best to diversify CT’s portfolio, identification of emerging areas and markets for growth, diverse business models, leading project proposals, and client relations. 
  • Manage the day-to-day activities for a select number of projects together with the Account and Research Manager: this includes managing timelines, budget, team meetings, and coordination.
  • Serve as the team point person to lead and manage the company’s performance management system, grow and identify talent, and design the HR strategy for the company.

This role requires the following skills and competencies:

  • Experience managing and nurturing client relationships.
  • Experiencing designing client meetings, and other engagements. 
  • Business, entrepreneurial, management and HR skills – knowledge and past experience growing start-ups, and in leading large projects, and teams. 
  • Understanding of innovative, people-centred business policies and procedures, particularly on HR management. 
  • Financial management skills to develop and monitor budgets, and analyze operational data for strategic decision-making. Experience managing funding and grants from major donors and multilateral organisations is an asset. 
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Autonomy and leadership.
  • Excellent communication, client relations and collaboration skills, particularly with a management team. Judgement and maturity to handle potentially delicate or sensitive issues at times. 
  • A Masters degree in Business, Public Policy, Human Resources, Administration, International Relations, or Public Health.
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated experience writing in English is essential.

Ideally you have:

  • 7-10 years of experience serving as an Executive Officer/Manager, Project or Account Manager for start-ups.
  • An understanding of how to grow and professionalise a business.
  • In-depth understanding of progressive Human Resource and Management policies and systems.
  • Fluency in project and time management software, in particular
  • Experience in leading and developing proposals for new projects.
  • Experience in client relationship management.
  • Comfort working remotely and across many international cultures.
  • Experience in global health, international development, and behavioural science is an asset.
  • International experience, especially in the Global South, is an asset. 
  • Additional language skills, in particular French, are an asset.

Even if you don’t feel like you meet all the criteria, but feel you have other talents, please apply. We want to hear about what makes you exceptional!

What we offer

As a Common Thread Associate you’ll have great flexibility. You can work anywhere you want. As long as you get your work done, are available for key client and team moments, and can offer predictability, you are free to organise your own schedule. As a young start-up, we offer possibilities to pursue a learning path that excites you, and enables you to grow quickly with us. Once you’re part of the family, we want to make sure you have what you need to excel. We take work-life balance seriously, and offer a generous leave package for our full-time contractors.

How do I apply and learn more?

Please tell us who you are in whatever way you think reflects you best – short video, email, or voice note – and upload it here, with your CV and a sample or description of something you worked on that you loved. (Having technical difficulties with the form? Don’t worry, we’ve been there. Feel free to send your materials directly to with the position title in the subject line.)

You can expect to hear back from us within 2 weeks of the deadline (17 February 2022). We look forward to hearing from you!