Associate / Regional Program Manager - Integrated Health Program DRC

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 November 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates is seeking Regional Program Managers to be based in our Rockville office, to ensure operational and technical excellence of the USAID Integrated Health Program (IHP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This $314 million, seven-year project works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and eight subcontractors to transform the way health care is delivered in the DRC. Each Regional Program Manager will work closely with a home office-based Regional Finance counterpart, and be assigned to one of the project regions—Eastern Congo, Kasai, or Katanga. Together these program-finance teams of two will ensure that each region has the operational, technical, and financial management support required to implement their workplan on time, on budget, and to a high technical quality.

Regional Program Managers will strongly focus on compliance and operational excellence in all its forms. Each of the Regional Program Managers will have the opportunity to focus on one or more of the project’s technical areas, including: Nutrition and WASH; Reproductive, newborn, maternal, child health and family planning; or Infectious disease. The Regional Program Managers will report to the USAID IHP Portfolio Manager and work in close collaboration with the field-based DCOP, Director of Operations, and Provincial Directors, be part of the home office-based IHP support team, as well as liaise with Abt department staff. This presents an excellent opportunity for an individual who has wide ranging professional interests, a desire to learn all aspects of project management, enjoys a fast paced work environment, and wants to make a difference in the lives of families in a fragile state. Those with enjoy adaptive management in practice are particularly welcome. Proficiency in French required.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the operational and technical excellence of the project in her/his region and area of expertise
  • Supporting the development and implementation of workplans in collaboration with the DCOP and Provincial Director in her/his region and area(s) of technical expertise
  • Working closely with and supporting the Provincial Directors and other field-based staff to manage the project to plan, ensuring and documenting that all project deliverables and milestones are met on schedule and to the expected quality standard, and contributing to the writing, editing, and reviewing of all contractual deliverables in her/his region and area(s) of technical expertise
  • Working closely with Sub-Contracts and the Director of Operations, establishing, accounting for, ensuring compliance of, and closely monitoring the large-scale fixed price monthly subcontracts to the nine provincial Ministries of Health and the numerous grants under contract to the local health facility management committees, known by their French acronym CODESA
  • Documenting and disseminating major achievements, success stories, and best practices to the client, the division, and the company in her/his region and area(s) of technical expertise
  • Sourcing internal and external technical assistance as needed, including preparing and managing SOWs
  • Managing timesheets of field staff and following up with the field on pending Labor adjustment as required
  • Scheduling and leading contract review meetings and other strategic meetings as needed
  • Supporting home office-based operational functions, such as procurement, review and approval of field office lease agreements, and seeking client travel concurrence, among other things
  • Escalating ethics and performance issues and working collaboratively across the company for their resolution

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s Degree and a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience
  • Prior experience working on USAID-funded projects is required
  • Understanding of program management cycle
  • Willingness to travel to DRC twice a year, including traveling to implementation sites outside of the capital
  • Prior experience living or working in Africa
  • Technical knowledge of RNMNCH, family planning, infectious disease, or WASH is desirable
  • French language proficiency is required (minimum FS3)
  • Strong writing skills present a distinct advantage

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA/MBA with 7 - 10 years of experience OR PhD with 4 - 6 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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