Programmes Manager

  • Full Time
  • Mfuwe, Zambia
  • Salary: TBD based on experience
  • January 31, 2021

Website Time and Tide Foundation

Position: Time + Tide Foundation Programmes Manager


The Time + Tide Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Time + Tide safari tourism brand, working in the communities that immediately neighbour Time + Tide lodges. We are present in all four locations where Time + Tide has lodges: Liuwa Plain, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa in Zambia and on the island of Nosy Ankao and adjacent mainland in Madagascar. Our focus as an organization is on generating educational and economic outcomes for children and families who have been historically unsupported by available social services. Through academic, social, physical, and cognitive support, we work with traditionally under-valued children – such as girls and those with special needs – to enter, remain and progress in formal schools. This is no small task as we often begin with a baseline of 0% literacy, we see children with disabilities locked away in their homes and girls leaving school due to pregnancy as young as age 12. In conjunction with the Time + Tide tourism brand, we aim to enhance the quality of life for local communities that live in and adjacent to national parks, mirroring the direct economic investment from the Time + Tide lodges with educational interventions that yield high social returns.

General Description:

The Programmes Manager is responsible for providing oversight and strategic direction across all areas of operation. This includes directly supervising and supporting the Programme Officers in each of the four locations and indirectly supervising and supporting the field staff in all four locations. This role requires a strong, confident and humble leader, who will be responsible for all teams, offering weekly guidance and support on programme planning, working with the teams to track programme activities and outcomes, diligent oversight of the organization’s monitoring and evaluation to ensure all data requirements are met, implementation and careful oversight of the organization’s strategic plan and consistent tracking of programme activities and outcomes to target, addressing bottlenecks to progress, preparing and monitoring programme budgets, report writing, grant writing, financial management and oversight, as well as HR administration. Additionally, the Programmes Manager will work closely with the Communications Manager to ensure stakeholder engagement and relationships are on track, including donor reporting and engagement. S/he will liaise closely with all of the business units in the Time + Tide tourism company, ensuring good working relationships and synergy between the tourism marketing department, the lodge operations and the Foundation. Moreover, the Programmes Manager will oversee and ensure effective execution of all community excursions and guest interaction across the sites, organize and execute fundraising and awareness events, host donors and potential donors, and contribute to the communications materials showcasing our work.


  • Fluency in English (other languages a plus – especially French, Chinyanja and/or siLozi)
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  •  At least 3 years’ experience working in senior programmes management
  • At least 3 years’ active involvement with monitoring, evaluation and/or impact analysis
  • At least 3 years’ experience managing and reporting on project budgets exceeding $300,000 USD
  • Familiarity and interest in working with vulnerable children
  • At least 5 years’ experience living and working in rural Africa
  • Proven track record in successful grant applications and grant management


  • Excellent leadership and management skills with ability to map and manage diverse employee and stakeholder relationships
  • Proficiency with thinking through and actioning multiple plans in areas that pose logistical challenges
  • Proficiency with Microsoft (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing/grammar skills, with ability to deliver efficiently and eloquently on report writing and communication tasks
  • Extremely organized, efficient and ability to remain focused in completing tasks
  • Experience with organizing fundraising and/or awareness events
  • Confident public speaker
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • Ability to work independently, manage budgets and meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to manage specific contracts and/or projects with diverse consultants, service providers, donors, and other stakeholders
  •  Ability to manage the demands of field work with deskbound deliverables
  • Demonstrated experience working remotely and with teams in different time-zones and locations
  • Ability to work with and learn from people of greatly diverse backgrounds (lifestyle, religion, sexuality, gender identity, socio-economic status, educational levels, ethnicity, and nationality)
  • Experience working with multicultural and mutli-linguistic teams and environments
  • Experience managing a team and mentoring/building capacity
  • Strong interest and passion in working with under-served communities
  • Strong interest and passion in working with female students and children with special needs
  • Interest in biodiversity conservation and safari tourism

This will be a full-time position based in Mfuwe, Zambia and with frequent travel to and throughout the sites. Compensation will be based on candidate’s academic and professional experience. Local and international travel will be required. The candidate is requested to be flexible with the role and be prepared to adapt daily and overarching priorities as and when required.


To apply, please send a CV and covering letter explaining your specific interest in the role to: [email protected] The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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