Program Manager, Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS)

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

Project Concern International


PCI seeks a Program Manager, Local Capacity Strengthening (LCS) in Zambia to manage and coordinate the implementation of capacity strengthening plans and activities for a consortium of six local partners as a key component of the five-year USAID/PEPFAR-funded STRONG project. The STRONG project aims to improve resilience and health outcomes among vulnerable children and adolescents (VCA) through a sustained, locally-led response to HIV/AIDS and VCA service delivery at the household, community and sub-national levels in Southern and Central Provinces of Zambia. PCI will serve as the LCS partner to the consortium with an emphasis on PC Zambia as a new prime.

The Program Manager, LCS partners with STRONG’s Chief of Party, PCZ’s Executive Director and PCI’s Director, LCS to assess and coordinate local and US-based headquarters’ inputs and expertise to develop and implement effective, tailored capacity strengthening services and support to STRONG local partners to: (1) strengthen their organizational systems to enhance financial and operational management of USAID/PEPFAR funded activities and ensure compliance; (2) strengthen their capacity to effectively plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate USAID programs; and (3) strengthen their organizational and leadership capacity to define strategic direction, manage change and adapt, forge partnerships, and position for sustainable growth.
The Program Manager reports to PCI’s Director, LCS and has a strong relationship with STRONG’s COP in Zambia. This position is contingent on funding.


Advanced degree such as an MBA, MPH, MHA, MD preferred; Bachelor’s Degree required.
Minimum of 5 years of project management experience, with an emphasis on local capacity strengthening / organizational and systems strengthening, within an international NGO. A minimum of 8 years of professional experience and 2 years in a similar role.
Experience with USAID-funded projects, ideally having served in a technical or operational role in a USAID- funded project particularly in the international public health sector, ideally with demonstrated experience in both project and budget management and/or establishing, institutionalizing, maintaining and adapting/improving systems for country and project operations.
Experience with technology platforms/solutions and web-based systems highly preferred.
Experience living and/or working in USAID priority countries in Southern Africa and/or experience working with local and/or community-based organizations in Southern Africa, as well as experience interacting with local organizations.
Demonstrated commitment to participatory, strength-/asset-based and partnership-based capacity strengthening approaches and methodologies. Experience in assessing organizational capacity and providing capacity building activities.
Experience in resource / proposal development, including program design, proposal writing, networking, partnership cultivation, and marketing is highly desirable.
Exceptional oral and written skills in English, cross-cultural communication skills.
Innovative spirit, along with a passion for the mission and values of development philosophy in keeping with PCI’s mission, vision, core values and approach to integrated, community-driven programming
A passion for the mission and values of PCI.


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