Associate Program Manager

Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 20 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 21 May 2018

Job Description

The Associate Program Manager supports the leadership and management team in providing key support in translating program data into insights and program management. The APM will have two main areas of responsibility – (1) supporting the team to conduct research and translate data into meaningful insights and compelling stories and (2) day-to-day project management of Surgo investments (including budgets, work plans, stakeholder engagement, etc). We envision this role to a fast track for promotion to program manager.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Program Management
    • Monitor implementation of individual investments through day-to-day coordination, analysis and review of data, field visits & problem solving with support of Head of Programs
    • Draft sections of key documents, reports, presentations, and other communications materials for a variety of purposes and audiences, summarizing developments and recommendations for program areas and external partners
    • Provide technical and managerial support to partners on the ground
    • Conduct research to assist with the design of pilots / operations to test Surgo approaches on the ground
    • Engage in high-quality interactions with partners and organizations in the field
    • Proactively identifies and analyzes areas of risk, advises project team on solutions and preventative measures
  • Research and Insight Generation
    • Conduct scientific literature reviews with inputs from team
    • Analyze and visualize large data sets using a variety of tools including Tableau, excel, and other statistical software
    • Be a source of knowledge for the team through the analysis of literature, policy, and technology as they relate to our goals and the technical area of the project
    • Seek and actively leverage opportunities to disseminate knowledge, key learnings and products developed through Surgo investments
    • Undertake other duties as requested by the leadership

Core knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrated initiative to solve unstructured problems with little oversight, flexibility, high energy, and a positive attitude
  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and translate into compelling stories
  • Excellent project management skills including experience developing and managing work plans, budgets, and grants/contracts
  • Creative problem solver and strategic thinker with a rigorous approach and passion for working on some of the world’s toughest development challenges
  • Result-oriented with strong attention to detail
  • Highly-organized and efficient; able to prioritize work based on minimal direction and multiple competing priorities
  • Excellent data analytic skills, ability to mine large amounts of data, create tools/ macros to create data models, etc. Aptitude in statistical analysis methods, spatial/GIS analysis skills
  • Experience or familiarity with field data collection, and research methods
  • Experience in the planning and execution of projects, including budgeting and activity planning
  • Proven track record of working in challenging multi-stakeholder environments & ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders and drive immediate results
  • Creativity, broad knowledge, and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Familiarity and/or experience working in the international development landscape including partners, donors, and governments
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, self-motivating, and ability to develop independent recommendations

Preferred Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Sciences, Mathematics, Economics, or other related sciences. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years work experience in a field requiring both analytics and project management skills, consulting experience desired
  • Proven project management skills
  • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and visual presentation) skills
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • High level of proficiency with statistical methods
  • Willingness to travel if required and at short notice, even to remote places at times
  • Experience working in international development and/or social impact is desired
  • Overseas work experience is a plus
  • US work permit

About the Organization

Surgo Foundation is an ‘action tank’ focused on bringing the latest innovations around behavior, tech, and data to global development. With a laser focus on uncovering the ‘why’, we partner with organizations and governments to help unlock some of their biggest challenges. Surgo works on major global issues from maternal health in India to housing in the US. Our multidisciplinary team includes development experts, data scientists, behavioral scientists, and technologists who are skilled in collecting and interpreting data on why people behave the way they do and how complex systems work, and in developing scalable tools. We are a small but diverse team with big plans.

Surgo Foundation is working on several large-scale development programs in areas such as reproductive health, maternal health, HIV/AIDs, and tuberculosis. For example, Surgo has a Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) program in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Another example is Surgo’s Causal Machine Learning Initiative for Precision Public Health which is testing applicability and feasibility of applying machine learning approaches to analyze large public health data sets.

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