ACHIEVE Country Programs Manager

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 November 2020
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The ACHIEVE Country Programs Manager (CPM) plays a significant role in directly contributing to the project’s success by coordinating, and delivering technical, management, financial, and administrative assistance to a project portfolio of country buy-ins. The CPM will be responsible for mobilizing technical and operations support from the Pact and ACHIEVE teams to support the field support buy-in teams and provide oversight for field-based activities to ensure that they are in line with ACHIEVE’s program approach, USAID requirements, and Pact’s organizational policies and procedures.

In addition to the project management tasks, s/he may be asked to assist in the startup of new project offices or buy-in activities. This includes leading the administrative start-up process for new country buy-ins, including but not limited to initiating country registration process, arranging local legal counsel, identifying office space, procuring equipment and supplies, and recruiting local staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead ACHIEVE’s support to buy-in projects in assigned countries; establish and maintain close coordination and decision making with ACHIEVE field support buy-in team members.
  • Manage ACHIEVE’s support for assigned countries; ensure efficient use of resources through appropriate organization of work and distribution of tasks and responsibilities.
  • As needed, provide technical support to the buy-ins in the areas of capacity development, OVC, DREAMS, HIV prevention, or other areas, based on the project needs.
  • Lead regular country focused meetings to review technical activity and/or OVC/DREAMS/HIV service delivery progress, operations issues, and address other project management needs.
  • Contribute to the development of project workplans, monitoring and evaluation plans, and budgets for field support buy-ins to ensure alignment with the ACHIEVE Global Project technical approach and MEL Plan. This may include support for project design and facilitation of situational and stakeholder analyses and joint workplanning processes with local partners.
  • Support the engagement of international and regional consultants or short-term technical assistance from across Pact, the ACHIEVE Team, and outside of Pact, as needed.
  • Organize and run new buy-in kick of meetings
  • Support the ACHIEVE Operations Team and Country Teams in the regular review, analysis and monitoring of the project financial status; in implementing project financial management improvements and in undertaking corrective measures and actions.
  • Work with Country Project Director, Director for Finance and Administration and other field-based officers to ensure ACHIEVE meets its cost share requirements.
  • Support the ACHIEVE CD Manager and Deputy Project Director in the development and adaptation of project/program support tools, procedures, advanced guidelines and other management technical resources.
  • Create and manage a communication plan for each assigned buy in
  • Track deliverable deadlines for assigned countries and make plans to meet deadlines
  • Contribute to the development of ACHIEVE project reports, including SAPR and APR and technical deliverables for submission to USAID at the field and/or global level.
  • Liaise with the Project Director to develop opportunities for private sector funding for select buy ins
  • Frequent, and sometimes extended, travel to countries within the country portfolio is necessary for program officers to perform successfully. When travel is safe and permitted considering the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Other duties as requested

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including public health, international development, public policy, economics, or other related field, with preference for a Master’s degree.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience working with large U.S. Government cooperative agreements or contracts (or a Master’s degree with 8 years).
  • At least 5 years of experience working on complex $5 million+/year USAID and/or PEPFAR projects.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively working with and managing diverse teams of employees.

Preferred Qualificiations

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with local partners.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Fluency in French or Spanish
  • At least 2 years of experience living and working in a developing country in a related field
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 30% of the time

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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