If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] and kindly include “Program Manager” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.
While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs.
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The Program Manager reports directly to Country Director (CD) and technically to the Regional Program Manager (RPM), where applicable. The incumbent is responsible for the program development and implementation in the country of operation.
- Program strategic planning:
- Leads the programmatic management of all in-country projects
- Leads the design and development of program strategies and plans with the program team and ensures their alignment with RTP strategies
- Ensures the program team stays abreast of the current program goals and objectives and participates in the program expansion plans.
- Ensures the program teams are implementing program activities in line with donor requirements to achieve project outcomes.
- Coordinates the preparation of timely and cost effective operational plans, budgets and strategic plans with the program team
- Acts as advocacy manager ensuring that the program addresses the needs of the people and is appropriate for the respective country
- Supports the Country Director in developing project proposals for new projects.
2- Program quality, accountability and reporting:
- Maintains the existing process of monitoring and evaluation (ME) and reporting system of RTP.
- Oversees submission of proper accountabilities of program funds and quality narrative reports in line with donor requirements.
- Provides quarterly updates of lessons learned and best practices to CD’s and stakeholders ensuring that program lessons are being used to promote improved program delivery.
- Conducts regular monitoring visits to project locations.
3- Program financial management
- Coordinates with the finance team to provide financial training for non-financial staff in effective country program financial management, including procurement, project implementation, compliances and project financial reporting.
- Supports the budget planning processes to ensure that program funds are expended according to procedures and plans.
- Collaborates with the program team and develops new initiatives to be integrated into the budget.
4- Team management, compliances, and capacity building
- Communicates the program vision to the program team, leads and directs them toward achieving the program goals and objectives.
- Ensures that the program team have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; supported by clear job descriptions to ensure quality performance.
- Conducts program staffing needs assessment, presents recommendations to the CM and participates in the recruitment of the program team.
- Facilitates the capacity building of program team to ensure they have the appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their full capacity; provides the necessary feedback to the program team and completes their performance appraisals.
- Provides direct support to the program team in the form of systems and tools.
- Implements policies and procedures that guide and support RTP activities, ensures compliance with RTP code of conduct, gender and child protection policies.
- Develops and strengthens the program team’s understanding of project cycle management.
5- Representation and collaboration
- Facilitates linkages, collaboration and networking with other civil society organizations and government and other relevant institutions to enhance RTP visibility and program activities.
- Represents RTP in various platforms and maintains positive relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders regarding RTP activities.
- Identifies and develops new partnerships with local NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the communities.
- Oversees the management of existing partnerships.
- Ensures ownership of the program by local partners and stakeholders.
- Meets with partners’ staff and community leaders to discuss program improvement as needed.
- Joins the CM in meetings and represents him/her when required
6- Performs other duties as assigned.
II- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Must have)
Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development studies or other related disciplines.
5 years’ experience managing international development programs and liaising with government officials and donors. Proven experience in project planning, proposal development, report writing, resource mobilization, networking, partnership-building and working with NGOs.
C- COMPETENCIES / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
- Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task on a constant basis
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leaders
- Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast paced fluid environment
- Creative and flexible with problem solving skills
- Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy
- Ability to confidently represent oneself and RTP to high level officials
- Strategy planning skills
- People management particularly coaching and influence management
(D) TECHNICAL SKILLS:
- Strong MS Office and program management tools and procedures
- Budgetary control and financial management, including ability to read and understand financial data
- Project management skills
- Understanding of the concept of sport for development
- Understanding of community development processes
III. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (An Asset):
- Experience in quality improvement
- Experience working in child protection, education sector
- Sport and play experience
- Experience in strengthening civil societies
- Coaching background
- Gender mainstreaming and governance background