Corus International is the parent of a family of world-class organizations working to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to end extreme poverty once and for all. We are a global leader in international development, with 150 years of combined experience across our brands. Our nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries include IMA World Health and its fundraising brand Corus World Health, Lutheran World Relief, CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Brands. Our more than 800 employees around the globe are experts in their fields and dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable people break the cycle of poverty and lead healthy lives.
At Corus we believe that good only grows stronger and we reflect that belief in our workplace culture. We value every employee’s specialized area of expertise and nurture professional growth. We promote an engaging and supportive work environment, where employees feel enabled and driven to innovate, learn and collaborate. And because our subsidiaries often function as partners, our employees have the opportunity to work across our enterprise family.
Corus is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our worldwide workplace, and we believe that social justice and respect for the human dignity of every person are fundamental to all we do as an organization.
Further details about the organization can be found at: https://corusinternational.org
This is a global position is located in Kenya – Nairobi. Legal ability to work in Kenya preferred.
The Technical Program Manager is responsible for organizing and coordinating the technical,
administrative, logistical, and managerial support for Corus project implementation and program
development in the ECS Africa region with special emphasis in East and Southern Africa. This position
will serve as a primary liaison between country offices and headquarters and is expected to communicate
with key internal and external stakeholders including international finance, compliance, country program
staff, sub-recipients/contractors, consultants, and donor representatives regularly. The Technical Program
Manager works as a member of the HQ program team and ensures that field needs for program
management, development and technical support are met.
Key Result Areas:
The success of this role is measured by the following KRAs:
• Contribution to the design and implementation of technically robust projects in alignment with Corus’ strategy and donor requirements.
• Management of a portfolio of projects valued up to $10 million (total of each project’s life of project value) funded by donors and foundations.
• Facilitation of cross-departmental coordination required for the completion of project deliverables.
• Maintenance and validation of accurate and up-to-date project documentation in Corus databases and systems and with donors.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Project Design/Business Development:
1. Advises on key partnerships and supports key project implementation strategies, with special emphasis on nutrition and livelihoods.
2. Works with the regional team and the Business Development team to prepare concept notes and proposals.
1. Models colleagues in best practices in project management, especially adherence to the Project Management Manual as well as complementary policies and procedures related to subawards, procurement, and finance and administration.
2. Applies knowledge of donor rules and regulations to monitor for compliance for various actions during project start up, implementation, and close out (e.g. procurement, budget adjustments, modifications).
3. Serves as the headquarters regional team counterpart to the country-level project leads (Country Directors, Chiefs of Party, etc.) in the implementation of projects.
4. Takes active roles in startup processes including participating in the handover from the Business Development and Compliance teams, convening project startup processes with relevant stakeholders and participating in the recruitment of project staff (writing job descriptions, participating in interviews, etc.) as required.
5. Monitors implementation of the country level programs, backstopping and participating in regular work planning, review of progress toward project targets and deliverables, monitoring of expenses vs. budgets, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and implementing needed adjustments.
6. Liaises with the Grants and Contracts team to provide information or carry out follow up actions related to sub-recipient management (contracting, reporting, and monitoring).
7. Provides inputs into annual Corus budgeting and forecasting exercises related to project spending within the fiscal year; coordinates with International Finance to support the project team in timely review, analysis, and decision making related to spending versus budgets.
8. Contributes to Corus and/or programmatic reporting processes in coordination with the project teams, International Finance, and Grants and Contracts, adhering to internal and external deadlines.
9. Convenes project closeout processes with relevant stakeholders in accordance with the Project Management Manual and relevant donor requirements. Plays designated role on closeout team as assigned.
Database Management and Data Integrity
1. Ensures data integrity and completeness by maintaining project documentation in electronic databases, including Salesforce and SharePoint.
2. Onboards/trains new staff in region in database entry and reporting functions.
3. Represents users of Salesforce database in region/countries of assignment to the Salesforce Application Developer.
4. Produces reports from Salesforce or other databases as required for reporting to Leadership, Board, or other audiences.
5. Severs as a key Salesforce champion by coordinating a community of practice among other Salesforce users to increase use and compliance of Salesforce.
• Master’s Degree in agriculture, nutrition, international development or other related field.
• PMP or similar certification a plus/preferred.
• At least 5 years’ experience managing and implementing international development programs.
• At least 5 years’ experience HQ backstop experience
• Cross-cultural sensitivity required with at least 1 year of experience living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Working knowledge of USG and other international donor funding mechanisms (including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements) required.
• Demonstrated experience and detailed knowledge of working with USAID and other international donors such as FCDO, UN, and foundations, etc.
• Excellent communication and influencing skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing.
• Some experience in business and proposal development/positioning preferred.
• French language fluency preferred.
• Experience working with colleagues in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment.
• Experience working with US-based and international partners (NGO/FBO/CBOs, universities and other technical institutions).
• Proficiency in Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint required, and experience with Salesforce strongly preferred.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate on program implementation across multiple teams (between departments, between HQ and country offices, etc.).
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities for the position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All positions are required to perform any additional tasks assigned by the supervisor. Global positions that are bound by contracts will not be changed without notice and approval.
Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
• This position must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes, estimated at up to 30% of the time. While performing the duties of this job in different locations, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and extreme weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases. Flexibility and ability to travel on short notice desired.
• The duties of the job require regular work at least 5 days/week in alignment with Corus’ in person and remote working policy. The employee must be available to work outside normal US office hours or on the weekends as required.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Zero Tolerance to Abuse
As a member of the Corus Family, each employee is expected to:
• Help to develop and maintain an environment that welcome and develop a diverse workforce.
• Foster a work environment where everyone feels valued and included.
• Support employees’ evaluation and promotion processes based on skills and performance.
• Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all members of Corus family, stakeholders in general, and particularly for the communities we serve.
• Follow Corus Code of Conduct helping to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons.
• Adhere to the Organizational Core Values
Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.
To apply for this job please visit corus.applicantpro.com.