Senior Program Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: Negotiable

Pact Zambia

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Project Overview

USAID-funded Empowered Youth Project I (EYP) will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control in Zambia through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care and support services to Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (VCA) and their families. The goal of the project is to mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the health and wellbeing of VCA through the delivery of high-impact, evidence-informed, and age-appropriate interventions customized for each VCA sub-population using a family-centered approach. It also seeks to improve the social and health outcomes of vulnerable households in high HIV burden districts across two provinces of Zambia (Copperbelt and North-Western) in close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ).

Position Summary
The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of technical and operational program management of Pact’s role in the USAID Empowered Youth Project I (EYP), to optimize program performance and outcomes. This includes systematic monitoring of program results against targets and work plans, operationalization of program standards, and employing data for decision-making and course correction. S/he will ensure effective coordination with key stakeholders including the lead organization, consortium partners, Zambian government, CBOs, and private sector. The Senior Program Manager will supervise Pact technical staff under the EYP project and will ensure program effectiveness and cost efficiency through appropriate human and financial resource management.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide overall technical and operational leadership for Pact’s activities under EYP, ensuring coordinated programmatic inputs.
  • Ensure compliance with all donor, Pact, and project-specific policies.
  • Facilitate continuous quality assessment and improvement and ensure that program best practices are documented and disseminated throughout the program cycle.
  • Coordinate with key stakeholders, including the lead organization, consortium partners, government, CBOs and private sector.
  • Provide input into all donor reporting requirements on program impact.
  • Coordinate project planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; and overseeing the alignment of the budget to expected results.
  • Represent Pact at public events, donor and implementing partners meetings in support of project objectives.
  • Coordinate development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the work plan
  • Supervise key technical staff directly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Development Studies/Administration, Community Development, Economics or any related field
  • Training and knowledge in community HIV/AIDS prevention and working with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in management of a PEPFAR-funded activity, including program planning, implementation, data use, monitoring and reporting;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team and effectively coordinate with a range of stakeholders including government, community and other civil society organizations, and the private sector;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of U.S. Government program management rules and regulations; and Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) technical issues effectively and persuasively.
  • Demonstrated written, presentation, and communication skills in English
  • Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes.
  • Ability to travel to the field at 25%-30% of LOE

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

Interested and Qualified candidates should send their application letter ad CV to [email protected] indicating the Job Title in the Subject line on or before the due date 1st November 2020.