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NGO JOB in USA  from Population Services International
Closing date: 30 Aug 2019


Title: Program Manager – Temporary Coverage

Department Anglophone Africa

Based in Washington, D.C. or Remote

Reports to the Senior Program Manager

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

There are over 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from the medical industry to the music business – all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI seeks entrepreneurial and dynamic candidate with an interest in private sector approaches to development for the position of Program Manager, the Anglophone market. The Program Manager will lead headquarters support to a portfolio of countries in the region. S/he will be responsible for delivering financial, programmatic, and organizational support for country programs, connecting platforms with functional and technical departments in PSI/Washington; managing a small program support team; providing strategic planning support; fostering relationships with key donors; and developing new business opportunities for PSI. This position will specifically cover country portfolios for five and a half months during maternity/paternity leave.

PSI seeks seeks qualified, dynamic candidates with significant expertise in project management including; planning, budget design & tracking, deliverables monitoring and compliance. This position requires working knowledge of various funders including CDC, DoD, USAID, DFID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The position also entails supervision of a direct report and dotted line reporting for covering the position of Program Manager for the Anglophone Africa region, specifically for supervising an Associate Program Manager .

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of assigned country programs are being met by liaising with the Associate Program Managers (APM) and developing relationships with the field and support departments;
  • Lead and provide guidance/oversight to APMs and assist with annual operating budgets for platforms listed above.
  • Assisting with managing communications with overseas staff when necessary.
  • Providing guidance to Associate Program Managers with respect to problem solving.
  • Supporting and contributing to New Business Development opportunities, including supporting Associate Program Managers with developing donor budgets and leading on cost proposals.
  • Reviewing programmatic reports
  • Conduct/support regularly monthly project financial reviews for portfolio, escalating issues as appropriate to Senior PM
  • Support PSI’s end of year network quality standards (StEPs) as needed for porfolio
  • Supporting the Associate Program Managers in budget management across all country platforms listed above, including budget realignments, cost-extensions, and no-cost extensions.
  • Hold monthly meetings with the country teams to review health impact, monitor achievement against targets, track obstacles/challenges to achievement, burn rates, and other programmatic or financial issues as they arise;
  • Advise Senior Regional Director, Deputy Regional Directors, and Senior Program Mangers on relevant issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues pertaining to the country programs or impacting operations overall.
  • Coordinate communications between platform teams and PSI/W departments as relevant to the Anglophone program support;
  • Hold monthly meetings with the country teams to review health impact, monitor achievement against targets, track obstacles/challenges to achievement, burn rates, and other programmatic or financial issues as they arise;
  • Assume direct responsibility for the overall financial health of assigned country programs;
  • Manage and support training/onboarding of program management team members as necessary;
  • Attend regularly PMT meetings as well as any workshops or training sessions as needed
  • Liase with Subaward Manager and Financial Analysts regularly to ensure financial health and subaward management needs are being well addressed and supported for portfolio;Qualifications

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The Basics:

  • Relevant Master’s degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, etc) or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience related to international development (international health preferred) and at least two years working in a developing country
  • Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Significant experience in developing and monitoring budgets; experience with pay for performance awards a plus
  • Demonstrated management capacity in a fast paced work environment
  • Demonstrated experience with international donors and familiarity with international development and health issues; experience with USAID, CDC, DOD, DFID, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highly preferred
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Creative, innovative and a strategic thinker.
  • Effective verbal and written communicator
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this positon
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate wil be required to pass a background check.

What will get us excited?

The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results

  • Budget guru. You love budgets and numbers and are excited to develop, monitor, and update project budgets to align with program needs.
  • A love for compliance but the flexibility to meet program needs. You like to play by the rules but you understand the importance of being flexible to meet our ultimate goal of health impact
  • Team Player: You know how to connect several diverse groups of people in order to get things done
  • Self-Starter: You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction and you are not afraid to ask questions
  • Work hard, play hard. You support the idea that the team that works hard should play hard. We like people with a team attitude who smile and encourage others through both easy and tough tasks.

Icing on the cake

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; you feel comfortable speaking up when you have something important to say and can effectively interact with senior management.
  • Mind for Process Improvement. You bring awareness and commitment to doing work effectively and efficiently. We want people who will see a way to streamline or improve a process and who won’t hesitate to share their ideas in making it happen.
  • Champion of Fun. You support the idea that the team that works hard should play hard. We like people with a team attitude who smile and encourage others through both easy and tough tasks.


  • Exempt

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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