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  • Program Manager, Ipas DRC

    Location CD-Kinshasa
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/5/2018 10:12 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Education Requirement
    Advanced Degree
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    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 seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Manager, to be located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 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 provides technical and managerial leadership for operations in the DRC to maximize the delivery of Ipas DRC’s strategic goals. The PM demonstrates commitment to the women and girls we serve through pragmatic and effective decision-making, acting with a sense of urgency and providing timely guidance to staff. This position is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of strategies and work plans to ensure that program goals and objectives are met at the country level. The PM also maintains close relationships with in-country key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.


    Program design, proposal development and donor reporting
    • Contributes to new program design and strategy, ensuring alignment with Ipas mission, values, and strategic plan
    • Manage and support donor reporting process, including contributing to report documents and soliciting input from various project team members, ensuring quality and timely submission


    Project and program management and coordination
    • Responsible for managing the execution of programmatic work, ensuring high-quality project implementation
    • Offers strategic and technical recommendations and ensure all programmatic issues are addressed in an effective and timely manner, including soliciting guidance from headquarters
    • 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


    Program financial monitoring
    • Responsible for spending according to annual operational plan (minimizing surpluses or deficits)
    • Oversees programmatic, budget, and contractual compliance, including donor reporting
    • 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


    Grant management and quality control
    • 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
    • Adapt and implement organization-wide initiatives, systems, and policies; monitor for compliance with organizational policies
    • Conducts field visits to program sites in order to provide programmatic oversight and assistance


    Internal liaison with country team and Francophone Africa team
    • Reports to the Country Representative in reference to special requests, strategic planning, and program results and progress
    • Interacts with key members of all in-country team units to meet their directives, share progress of work, resolve problems, and find alternate workable strategies
    • Collaborates with operations/technical leads and the Country Representative in reference to allocation of resources, budgetary issues, and program results
    • Works with Francophone Africa Regional Office in reference to program implementation, field-level challenges, and other program issues


    External liaison with NC, donors and partners
    • Ensures effective communication and routine collaboration between headquarters, Francophone Africa Team 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
    • Works with Program Support Team in reference to implementation of program work plans, budget review, and development of proposals and donor reports
    • Supports the Country Representative in representations with government officials at national and province level meetings
    • Supports Country Representative 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


    • Performs other duties as assigned


    • At least 8 years’ personnel, programmatic, and financial management experience, preferably in development with an international non-governmental organization
    • Relevant post-graduate degree (e.g. MPH, MBA, etc.) or comparable experience in implementing and managing complex programs at national scale 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
    • Previous supervisory experience of a minimum of four full time technical staff members
    • Must be able to travel up to 25%
    • Fluency in written and spoken French


    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
    • Experience working in a non-profit organization
    • Experience establishing relationships with public health organizations
    • Experience and understanding of basic monitoring and evaluation concepts
    • Advanced proficiency in English

    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.


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