Senior Program Manager

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 23 February 2021

Job Description

We are currently recruiting a Senior Program Manager in the IESC home office to support the Enterprise and Workforce Development practice, and specifically to manage a growing portfolio of activities under the Youth Employment and Business Start-Up Program (YouLead) in Sri Lanka. YouLead activities improve technical and vocational education and training, expand access to career guidance and increase the opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship of young people in Sri Lanka. YouLead endeavors to create a more skilled and flexible workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Based on positive results, the program is expanding to incorporate new activities and new funders. The Senior Program Manager will support the home office and field teams with start-up and rollout for these new activities.

In addition to start-up and donor coordination, the IESC Senior Program Manager allocates his/her time to both program management and new business development. The Senior Program Manager has administrative, technical, and management responsibilities related to the execution of specific programs in the Enterprise and Workforce Development practice area. In addition, the Senior Program Manager engages in specific new business activities under the guidance of the IESC practice lead responsible for that effort and working closely with the new business team. The Senior Program Manager supervises a Program Associate. It is anticipated that the Senior Program Manager will travel up to 20% per year.

Program Management

The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for the home office management of programs assigned and will:

  • Support field office leadership to deliver technical solutions within a framework of compliance and solid financial management.
  • Ensure program deliverables are met and on schedule and that program activities are compliant with client agreements, government regulations and IESC policies and procedures.
  • Lead the development of program technical deliverables including work plans and annual reports under guidance from the field based Chief of Party (COP).
  • Respond to client requests and questions and ensure timely drafts and submissions of consents, approvals and/or waivers.
  • Manage the financial relationship between the field and the home office including approval and review of cash requests, field expense reports, and budget review, as well as coordinate pipeline and accrual submissions.
  • Manage, monitor and report on budget expenditures and forecasting.
  • Manage the monitoring and evaluation activities of a program including contributing to the finalization and submission of program work plans, performance monitoring plans (PMPs) and quarterly, annual and other reports.
  • Coordinate the employment of full-time field and home office staff and fielding short-term and long-term technical assistance and volunteer projects.
  • Manage the relationship with all subrecipients or subcontractors on a program.
  • Promote program success by collecting, writing and distributing success stories, case studies, photos and outreach at events.
  • Attend informative events related to the subject matter or region of a program to network and learn information that could be valuable to program activities.
  • Support knowledge management within the practice including the capture and articulation of success stories, best practices and lessons learned.

New Business

The Program Manager will be responsible for:

  • Contributing to IESC’s new business strategy to grow the enterprise development and workforce development portfolio.
  • Identifying and adopting program tools and products and integrating them into new business technical proposals
  • Writing and/or completing specific sections of a proposal following the release of a procurement. The particular proposal section, whether in the cost proposal or technical proposal, will vary from proposal to proposal.
  • Conducting occasional new business capture trips prior to the release of anticipated procurements to gather information for the technical proposal, identify/meet potential local partners and potential local staff, gather cost information, etc.
  • Engaging in proactive new business development where appliable, such as developing concept notes and white papers that build on current IESC programs.
  • Researching, writing, verifying, and distributing IESC organizational qualifications and past performance reference material.


· B.A. or B.S. required, M.B.A. or M.A. in Education/Economics/Development or related field a plus.

· Experience with USAID or other donor programs required.

· Experience with workforce development programs a plus.

· Minimum of seven years of experience in international development.

· Experience managing international development programs from the headquarters of a nonprofit or contractor.

· Experience in new business development in international development.

· Prior supervision experience.

· Strong budgeting and budget tracking experience.

· Ability to prioritize among multiple competing requests.

· Self-starter, detail-oriented, thorough and well organized.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Well-developed interpersonal skills.

· Fluency in English required, additional languages a plus.

About the Organization

IESC is a US-based nonprofit that creates and expands economic opportunities, helping to lift those we support out of poverty. We believe that helping enterprises grow is the most sustainable way for communities to have access to jobs and for families and people to have opportunities for a better quality of life. We have helped businesses in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, create or save more than 1.5 million jobs in 137 countries across the world. Our major funders today are the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others.

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