Interim Programme Manager

  • Consultancy
  • Lusaka, Zambia
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  • Salary: -


Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries;across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special attention to gender equity, social inclusion of marginalised groups and stakeholder accountability.

Project Overview

Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) and in partnership with the Wageningen Centre for Development and Innovation (WCDI), SNV’s Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) aims to improve nutrition outcomes through adoption of agro-biodiversity and improved dietary diversity and hygiene practices at intra-household level. The first phase of SN4A was implemented in four districts in Uganda and Zambia, reaching 4,900 households in Isoka and Chinsali in Zambia and 12,310 households in Kasese and Kyenjojo in Uganda. Phase 1 was successful in increasing both the average dietary diversity score (DDS) for infants 6-23 months and minimum dietary diversity for women of reproductive age (WRA) in the 4 targeted districts. SN4A phase 2 has scaled to two additional districts, Kasama in Zambia and Kakumiro in Uganda. The goal of the second phase is to ascertain the impact of this programme on nutritional outcomes, i.e. chronic malnutrition. SN4A addresses four critical pillars simultaneously- demand creation through triggering; social and behaviour change communication, nutrition sensitive agriculture and governance. More information is available at

Please note that discussions are underway with SDC to do a costed extension of the programme in response to the COVID-19 impact. The proposal is to extend the current phase (due to end in December 2020) to August 2021.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the overall programme development and implementation and management as per the SNV PM procedures and donor requirements.
  • Strengthen SNV’s collaborative relationship with SUN 2.0 Stakeholders, Line Ministries, and provincial and district authorities and other stakeholders in the targeted districts.
  • Update the work plan and budget periodically and in response to actual implementation opportunities and challenges. PLEASE SEE ABOVE NOTE ABOUT EXTENSION
  • Account and report to the donor and consortium partners on programme performance and progress.
  • Lead and manage the project team including finance and partner(s).
  • Monitor and ensure performance of the programme and ensure that all milestones are met according to donor requirements, develop mitigation plans to reduce setbacks and take corrective actions to remedy any deviation from work plan(s).
  • Ensure full synthesis, analysis and documentation and sharing of project insights and results, signal potential for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up projects.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships, with team, external partners and the donor(s) by ensuring a high level of SNV visibility and branding according to donor guidelines in all appropriate activities working with and drawing on available communication support.
  • Develop and submit monthly reports.
  • Organise twice yearly steering committee meetings (next meeting will be scheduled in June/July 2020).


  • A postgraduate qualification in Nutrition, Agriculture or Food Security, Public Health Nutrition.
  • A minimum of 10 years or more in managing large nutrition-related development programmes;
  • Experience in development and managing budgets and expenditure;
  • A background in managing teams of national and international experts;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with government representatives, donors, other donor-funded projects and other stakeholders;
  • Results orientated and commitment to accountability;
  • Work experience in Zambia is essential;
  • Willingness to travel to all project locations;
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills; and
  • Fluency in English.

Additional Information

Contract Duration: 6 month consultancy contract (estimated 15 days per month), with strong possibility of extension

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

Duty Station: Lusaka with frequent periods of stay in Kasama, Zambia. Starting location can be Malawi whilst COVID-19 Government restrictions are in place.

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV in English on or before the 7th June,2020.

Important Note: Offers of employment or job openings with requests for payment or fees should be treated with extreme caution, viewed as potentially fraudulent and reported immediately.

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