Program Manager (Nutrition Specialist)
OIC International - Washington, DC

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Program Manager (Nutrition Specialist)

Organization Summary

OIC International (OICI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. OIC International’s mission is to build self-reliance and entrepreneurship through sustainable technical and vocational skills development. Since 1970, OIC International has been implementing programs that invigorate local economies, both urban and rural, by developing its workforce. OIC International's programs are comprehensive in nature, and aim to give individuals the knowledge and tools theyneed to build sustainable futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program Manager will develop and manage all program activities to include the strategic design, program design, oversight of program activities, backstopping field offices, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, fundraising, advocacy, outreach, staff supervision, and administration. S/he will oversee headquarters and field office programs including P.L. 480 Title II Food for Peace programs.

The Program Manager will lead the development of proposals in the food security sector, including nutrition, agricultural growth, and community and household resilience,with an emphasis on the health and nutrition components, and integration across sectors. S/he will contribute to the design and writing of technical proposal narratives and related proposal content to ensure the highest quality standards and competitiveness.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Management

1. Provide overall strategic guidance to the technical teams in order to achieve project results on time and at the required spending levels.

2. Assure that all work planning is completed effectively with counterparts and partner organizations. Lead annual work-planning sessions with the technical teams, utilizing progress data from any Project Monitoring Plans or other Monitoring and Evaluation reports to inform progress to date and guide requirements for future project activities.

3. Develop and/or oversee the adaptation and implementation of management systems or standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the donor agreements.

4. Collaborate with Country Representatives to ensure that programmatic objectives are met, and are in compliance with both OICI and funder requirements.

5. Negotiate and write contracts, MOUs, letters of agreement, and other contractual documents for partners and vendors, and manage to ensure that the objectives and terms of agreement are met.

6. Create systems to strengthen OICI’s relationship with its 19 independent affiliates, including the exchange of information on program activities, issues and lessons learned.

7. Develop and maintain relationships with the donor community, partners and grantees, and other NGOs.

Business Development

1. Work with Program staff to identify opportunities and lead the development of proposals.

2. Serve as liaison with OICI’s network of independent affiliates for program development and expansion to implement joint programs and/or to share knowledge and skills to strengthen local capacity.

3. Support field and HQ staff in negotiating consortium arrangements based on lessons learned from similar experience.

4. Serve as Technical Lead on the development of proposals, as agreed with the VP of Programs and Business Development.

5. Lead headquarters and field staff on developing proposal content, updating capacity statements and past performance references, and design tools and resources reflecting evidence-based project design elements and implementation methodologies in the nutrition sector.

6. Coordinate staff responsibilities to ensure timely submission of high quality proposals that are responsive to and compliant with donor requirements.

Staff Management

1. Manage and supervise headquarters program staff to identify all technical assistance required to achieve the expected outputs of program activities.

2. Meet with program staff on a regular basis to discuss issues, track work progress, provide guidance and support, and ensure consistent quality of work performed. Conduct Performance Plan Reviews and Development; develop staff skills and knowledge, approve time sheets, and facilitate team success whenever possible.

Travel - Must be able and willing to travel overseas as needed, up to 40% of job time.

Education: Master’s Degree in Public Health, Nutrition or related field.

Experience: Five plus years of international development experience, including at least two years of field experience in Africa, preferably working in nutrition and/or health programs, strongly preferred. Familiarity with the funding mechanisms and technical programming priorities of USAID/Food for Peace required. Strong program management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out. Must have strong Monitoring and Evaluation background and be able to manage M&E staff.

Skills: Strong interpersonal skills required, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to maintain a calm and professional demeanor when handling difficult interpersonal scenarios. Must possess excellent organizational skills and demonstrate a high attention to detail, with the ability to work on multiple assignments under the pressure of concurring deadlines. Computer literacy required to include a proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) in a Windows 2000 or later environment. Must be able to successfully recruit, develop, and supervise and motivate staff, and provide effective leadership. Ability to communicate effectively in French preferred.

Send resume to: vkilcrest@oici.org /no phone call please. EOE

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

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