Advice from the pros: 9 tips for succeeding as a program manager

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Program managers have to ensure projects are implemented successfully and on time, by both teams in country offices and project locations, making sure results are shared with policy makers, local decision makes, and stakeholders. A large part of the role is coordinating all different donor, beneficiary, and partner needs and priorities, which requires organizational and people management skills.

Devex spoke with Ozan Cakmak, former program manager of the Syria Crisis and Resilience Response program with United Nations Development Programme, to get his insights on succeeding in the program manager role.

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    Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters is a Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to Devex’s global development audience. Lottie is a recent graduate with a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.