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NGO Program Management Officer

Recours 4 Kenya

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Position #: LEE36
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Salary Range (CAD): Competitive
Duration: 5 years
Closing Date (DD/MM/YY): 24/04/15

Job Description

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) are jointly supporting a new 5-year partnership program with science granting councils in East Africa and other countries in Sub-Saharan African. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the capacities of these councils in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development.

Reporting to a Senior Program Specialist (Technology and Innovation program) and the ROSSA Regional Director, the Program Management Officer (PMO) will be instrumental in the day-to-day management of the program. The incumbent’s responsibilities will include the following: coordinating selection of science granting councils and the technical support agencies; overseeing the work of the technical support agencies; gathering of strategic intelligence about related activities in the region; conducting desk research and data analysis; generating various briefing papers, reports and presentations; organizing the Executive and Advisory Committee meetings; coordinating the implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) based on the program’s logical framework; synthesizing program reports; supporting liaison with key internal and external constituents; and representing the program in relevant meetings.

NGO Program Manager Candidate Profile


At least a Master’s degree in an international development-relevant discipline is required, with strong analytical skills and demonstrable experience in a field such as policy analysis or project or programme management.

This position requires minimum of three years of relevant work experience, which includes:

Managing programs or projects
coordinating monitoring and evaluation activities;
compiling, analyzing and synthesizing research results;
preparing reports, briefing notes and communicating to various target audiences with strong visualization of data and results;
coordinating projects, forums and meetings;
building and maintaining partnerships;
work experience in SSA countries will be an important asset.

Bilingual position (English/French) requiring language skills at an intermediate level

Knowledge of social and economic policy and/or organizational development issues
Understanding of capacity building principles
Understanding of effective communication principles
Familiarity with database management or other statistical software
Familiarity with knowledge or information management tools is an asset
Competencies for the NGO Program Manager Kenyan Job

Excellent interpersonal, analytical and judgment skills
Strong communication skills both orally and in writing
Superior planning, organizing, and coordinating skills
Ability to take initiative, set priorities and multi-task
Ability to perform and present background research
Awareness of and sensitivity to individual, gender and cultural differences
Superior MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) skills
Note: This position requires occasional traveling within Sub-Saharan Africa

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