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Manager, International Programs
- Job Type Full Time
- Qualification BA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
- Experience 5 – 7 years
- Location Not specified
- Job Field Project Management
The International Programs (IP) Division has the mandate of enhancing the work of the Population Council’s International Offices (IOs), Affiliated Organizations (AOs), strategic partnerships, and other staff working in international settings. The IP Division seeks to advance three interrelated outputs in support of the Council’s mission: 1) maximize international presence; 2) strengthen cross-office and cross-division collaboration for scientific and technical leadership, and 3) enhance talent and resource mobilization capacity. These outputs undergird the Council’s larger commitment to “shifting the center of gravity” by strengthening locally-rooted operations while leveraging the benefits of a globally-connected organization.
The Manager will play a key role in supporting the Division’s delivery of these outputs. As part of an integrated IP management team (IPMT) spanning several geographic regions, the Manager will act as a point of connection, bridging various divisions, offices, and teams, coordinating the flow of information, ensuring smooth and timely operations, and facilitating better planning and more predictable delivery by the IPMT. The Manager will perform a range of administrative functions and engage in special projects and assignments to maximize the Division’s effectiveness. The position will report directly to the Vice President of IP.
Candidates based outside the US should be local nationals of the country where they will work, or regional non-nationals from LMICs holding, or able to acquire and maintain, the proper work permits/visas.
In consultation with the Vice President, International Programs and together with the IP Management Team, the Manager will:
- Develop an annual IP operational work plan in alignment with strategic priorities; estimate resource requirements and define measurable goals; evaluate and report quarterly on progress and accomplishments toward achieving IP’s targets.
- Refine, implement, and enforce effective and efficient processes for the following core division activities: quality assurance, knowledge management, proposal development, and program communications.
- Support IPMT in ensuring the quality of IP grant proposals, project deliverables, and implementation of newly awarded grants, including verifying compliance with donor requirements.
- Work with the VP, IPMT, and staff to create division presentations, memos, and other communications for internal and external use.
- Support IOs and AOs in developing and updating their annual office reporting including updating information on country web pages and other external platforms.
- Conceptualize, convene, and facilitate internal and external events of varying sizes and complexity.
- In consultation with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee, provide administrative support for IRB submissions from IOs and AOs.
- Organize, convene, and facilitate team, division, and cross-division meetings to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange.
- Work closely with the IP Division Coordinator, once recruited, to support the Division’s VP and IPMT.
- Build and maintain strong relationships across the organization with key program and IO/AO office staff as well as the communications, publications, and resource mobilization teams to advance international programs goals
- Support IO/AO staff and other IP colleagues on research uptake and scientific communication through synthesis and dissemination of scientific evidence and information. Support the design and development of briefs, presentations, infographics and related materials and facilitate and convene of webinars, workshops and symposia.
We understand that there are many paths to acquiring expertise and experience and strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse and/or nontraditional backgrounds who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.
- Bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field required (Master’s degree preferred), with at least five to seven years of relevant experience; or a satisfactory combination of education and relevant experience
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Strong command of a second language (e.g., Arabic, French, or Spanish) will be highly prioritized.
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills, as well as proven ability to convey evidence and data in ways that are relevant and accessible to diverse audiences.
- Exceptional management and organizational skills, including the ability to manage and harmonize diverse skill sets and preferences within a team.
- Proven ability to think critically, problem solve, manage multiple priorities, adhere to deadlines, and work well under pressure to achieve results.
- Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments within given parameters
- Familiarity with data analysis, qualitative and quantitative research, design, and resource mobilization. This can involve experience as a researcher or in research-adjacent roles, such as communications, knowledge management, resource mobilization, or research impact.
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams.
- Strong and creative command of Microsoft Office Suite required. Familiarity with additional design and data visualization tools will be prioritized.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 20%).
- Dedicated to personal and organizational growth, including building the capacity of others.
- Possesses a strong personal definition of leadership; willing to take turns listening and leading.
- Understands and apply principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their personal and professional spheres of influence.
- Flexible and able to adapt to emerging requests with grace and humility.
- Maintains a sense of humor, and an ability to maintain perspective in difficult or busy times.
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