The Program Manager will be responsible for supporting Invisible Children’s thought leadership and services in conflict mitigation and post-conflict transition, incorporating evidence-based approaches and building on our experience in areas affected by conflict, instability, and/or political and economic transitions. The Program Manager will work closely with the program teams to support and ensure effective project coordination and technical support, budget and proposal design, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, and accountability in close collaboration with the operations, finance, and administration teams; provides technical support and guidance to staff and partners in-country offices; assists with the development of proposals and technical assessment reports.

Location: Washington, DC

Reports To: Chief Program Officer

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Management (60%)

+ Work with Program Managers to regularly contribute to project work plans, GANTT charts, and other documents relevant for effective project management.

+ Provide assistance for assigned programs, ensuring all produce high quality, technically sound results consistent with the executed contract and approved program work plan and budget;

+ Conduct short-term technical assistance assignments, including authoring descriptive, analytical, and methodological reports;

+ Facilitate communication by answering partner inquiries and coordinating specific program activities and may conduct research to achieve program goals.

+ Collect, compile and analyze information relevant to the program.

+ Provide administrative support to programs as needed by writing, reviewing, and translating reports on a quarterly basis.

+ Support in the preparation of all donor quarterly and annual progress reports.

+ In collaboration with relevant program staff, project leadership, and HQ technical advisors, support revisions and adaptations to programmatic manuals, training modules and other similar program materials.

+ Where relevant, directly manage key programs and projects, ensuring the successful implementation of those initiatives.

Business Development (40%)

+ Collaborate as a key member with teams in upstream capture processes to lay the groundwork for strategic, contextualized proposal documents.

+ Participate as a lead member on teams in design discussions, documenting the proceedings to inform proposal development.  

+ Write and develop original proposal content on assignment from proposal design leads, researching the topic to aid strategy and technical development as necessary.

+ Lead the synthesis of material from the range of assigned technical writers to develop proposals with uniform style and voice; at all times analyzing the text against narrative requirements to determine what additional resources are necessary to deliver an excellent proposal.

+ Submit multiple drafts for team reviews, incorporating comments from reviewers in liaison with proposal design leads and technical writers.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

+ Cultural sensitivity, patience, and flexibility.

+ Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.

+ Ability to problem solve and recommend corrective action as needed.

+ Strong organizational and attention to detail needed to adhere to project deadlines.

+ Sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.

+ Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff.

+ Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.

+ Fluency in spoken and written French is desirable.

Problem Solving & Impact:

+ Work on problems of moderate scope that require a review of various factors.

+ Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.

Education:

+ Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, International Relations or related field required.

Experience:

+ Requires 6-8 years of technical experience working with programs related to community-based peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, early warning systems; DDR; social protection interventions for women and children.

+ Minimum 4 years supporting USG-funded programs (USAID, State Department, OFDA); DfID, World Bank, U.N required.

+ Advanced knowledge of fundamental principles, terminology, and methodology of proposal development and proposal management conventions.

+ Advanced organizational skills and track record for effectively managing proposal teams of diverse levels of seniority and experience.

+ Experience with complex projects in Central Africa or similar environments required.

+ Proven experience coordinating with humanitarian actors in emergency contexts is a plus.

+ Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency preferred.

Travel Requirements: 10% – 25%          

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Deadline: August 6, 2021 by 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Please submit an application containing your (i) resume and (ii) cover letter and (iii) three references to [email protected], with the subject line “Program Manager.” Applications must be submitted in English and must be limited to the materials outlined above. Candidates will be reviewed until a hire is made. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Invisible Children values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

ABOUT INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Headquartered in Washington, DC, Invisible Children is an international non-profit organization working to end violence conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most at-risk communities. We partner with local visionaries and peacebuilders in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities, and the environments on which they depend, have the safety they deserve.

When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local civil society and communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the last 16 years, our programs and advocacy have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis. At the same time, we have continued to refine and adapt our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region beyond the LRA crisis. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region. Currently, Invisible Children is implementing programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.