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Program Manager, Ipas South Africa

Program Manager, Ipas South Africa

Job ID 
# Positions 
Experience (Years) 
Posted Date 
Education Requirement 
Master's or Equivalent
Relocation Eligible 
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Ipas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women and girls can enhance their sexual and reproductive health via affordable, safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion and contraceptive care. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Program Manager, to be located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Program Manager (PM) has significant management experience, an interest in user-centered approaches to international development, and is capable of thoroughly understanding and successfully implementing international sexual and reproductive health programs. The PM manages operations in South Africa to maximize the delivery of strategic goals, working at the national level, providing technical and managerial leadership under the direction of the Country Director. This includes providing strategic oversight and guidance on program implementation, inputs for annual work plans, proposal development, analysis of programmatic results, identification and resolution of challenges and program performance, application of lessons learned and best practices to improve program performance, donor reporting, financial monitoring, and personnel management. The PM also maintains close relationships with in-country key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.


· Contributes to new program design and strategy, ensuring alignment with Ipas mission, values, and strategic plan

· Responsible for managing the execution of programmatic work, ensuring high-quality project implementation

· Responsible for spending according to annual operational plan

· Oversees programmatic, budget, and contractual compliance, including donor reporting

· Monitors award compliance for all donor agreements, including sub-awards

· Develop award work plans and conduct routine program analyses, including regular review and use of monitoring data and organizational quality standard indicators to track progress against key indicators using performance metrics, and engage project team(s) to adjust plans as needed

· Develop award budgets and track spending, using financial management tools, conducting regular review and analysis of financial data, and engaging the project team(s) to adjust plans

· Offers strategic and technical recommendations and ensure all programmatic issues are addressed in an effective and timely manner, including soliciting guidance from headquarters · Adapt and implement organization-wide initiatives, systems, and policies; monitor for compliance with organizational policies

· Manage and support donor reporting process, including contributing to report documents and soliciting input from various project team members, ensuring quality and timely submission

· Conducts field visits to program sites in order to provide programmatic oversight and assistance

· Supports the Country Director in representations with government officials at national and province level meetings

· Interacts with key members of all units to meet their directives, share progress of work, resolve problems, and find alternate workable strategies

· Ensures effective communication and routine collaboration between headquarters and the country office, keeping other staff members aware of relevant issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues and engaging them to help problem solve as needed


Internal and External Customers/Supplies as well as Third Parties

· Collaborates with operations/technical leads and the Country Director in reference to allocation of resources, budgetary issues, and program results

· Works with North Carolina Program Support Team in reference to program implementation, field-level challenges, and other program issues

· Works with Program Support Team in reference to implementation of program work plans, budget review, and development of proposals and donor reports

· Reports to the Country Director in reference to special requests, strategic planning, and program results and progress

· Supports Country Director in external relations through representing Ipas among partners and key stakeholders and promoting Ipas’s mission through delivering presentations at relevant meetings and conferences

· Helps to develop and maintain national and provincial level partnerships with donors, government, INGOs, NGOs, and others People Leadership and Oversight

· Supports recruitment, development, and mentoring of program staff

· Provides leadership, supervision, support, guidance, and constructive feedback to staff and consultants, including the development and tracking of annual performance objectives


· At least 8 years’ personnel, programmatic, and financial management experience, preferably in development with an international non-governmental organization

· Demonstrated strengths in strategic planning and programs management, including strong interpersonal and supervision skills

· Experience working on technical components of comprehensive SRH programs which include improving service delivery at the health systems level and engaging and working with community stakeholders to improve women and girls ability to access available services

· Relevant post-graduate degree (e.g. MPH, MBA, etc.) or comparable experience in implementing and managing complex programs at national scale

· Previous supervisory experience of a minimum of four full time technical staff members required

· Cross-cultural work experience required

· Fluency in written and spoken English required

· Availability to travel up to 25%


Preferred Skills

· Strong writing and presentation skills

· Must be able to effectively communicate with government officials and external partners

· Working knowledge of development and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights

· Working knowledge of project management and strategy development

· Working knowledge of budget management including forecasting and tracking spending

· Working knowledge of managing project operations and logistics

· Fluency in written and spoken local languages as relevant

Commitment to Diversity

Ipas is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.