Program Manager

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Employer: Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC)


Employment type: -

Required No: -

Experience: above 11 years

Career level: Managerial level

Location: Addis Ababa

Salary: Negotiable

Posted date: 2 months ago

Deadline: 2019-12-23

Job description

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC)/Children Believe is a child-centered, community based international development organization devoted to addressing the needs of children in developing countries. CCFC is a Canada based registered charity, which is a member of ChildFund Alliance – a coalition of international organizations who create significant changes in the lives of impoverished children, families, and communities in over 50 countries throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa. CCFC envisions a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential and it works to realize its mission to create a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and injustice. CCFC-Ethiopia implements programs that focus on education, health & nutrition, sustainable livelihood development, WASH, child protection, disaster risk reduction and gender equality in Oromia, Amhara, Southern NNPR and Addis Ababa City Administration in Ethiopia through six local partners (NGOs). Currently CCFC has the following vacancy for its program in Ethiopia.

Job Responsibilities:

The Program Manager is responsible for spearheading and coordinating the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of core programs (sponsorship funded programs) and small grants including education, health, nutrition, WASH, child protection, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response interventions. He/she closely supervises sponsorship activities, child protection and DRR intervention of the organization and provides guidance to Program Officers and program partner staff to ensure effective and timely implementation of programs and small grants and compliance with donor and government’s requirements. The Program Manager also directs and facilitates training of trainers to program staff in the Country Office and at the program level.  She/he acts as the primary communication link between the Country Office and Canada Office and concerned Government Offices for coordination and submission of program operational and strategic plans as well as progress and annual reports. She/he collaborates closely with New Business Development Manager/Director of Programs in identification of funding opportunities, acquiring and managing grants and related projects from both local and international development funding agencies.

 Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Ensure the development of programs and sponsorship strategies, detailed multi-years and annual operational plans.
  • Ensure submission of annual operation plans to Canada Office and concerned government offices.  
  • Build staff capacity for success in the Program through training, coaching, mentoring, recognizing and disciplining staff as necessary in compliance with CCFC/Children’s Believe policy and procedure as well as with relevant employment legislation and employment best practices.
  • Direct and supervise sponsorship activities to ensure timely and quality of correspondences and sponsors retention.
  • Supervise and ensure timely and effective implementation of child protection, disaster risk reduction and innovative program and project approaches.
  • Visit/monitor and supervise programs and projects regularly to ensure proper planning, implementation, and to monitor programs, sponsorship and financial activities.
  • In collaboration with MELKS Coordinator, participate in coordinating baseline surveys, program evaluation, and capturing, documenting and sharing best practices, lessons learnt and success of the program.
  • Participate in closely follow up on performance-based financial performance of programs.
  • Ensure compliance with CCFC/ and donor policies, procedures and guidelines to support the quality assurance and quality control initiatives and undertake constructive intervention when necessary.
  • Provide oversight to ensure proper design and successful implementation of new and innovative small grants and programs and streamline processes for success through program officer and partners program coordinators with support from country office New Business Development (NBD) Manager.
  • Project oversight to ensure CCFC-supported program complies with donor and government’s requirements
  • Identify new funding opportunities through best practices and recommend innovative ideas to NBD Manager for sourcing new donors
  • Participate in writing of concept notes and proposals
  • Direct and provide guidance to partners and program staff in participatory planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes for program/project related activities to ensure performance and reporting requirements are met.
  • Advocate for and mobilize local efforts to build CCFC’s/ Children Believe public relations to leverage resources and build partnerships
  • Ensure preparation and submission of progress, interim, annual and final reports of programs and small grant to concerned bodies a timely manner
  • Communicate, network and build effective working relationships with partner staff, development partners (sponsors and donors), government officers and representatives of other non-governmental organizations in order to help further the goals of the programs/projects.
  • Lead emergency response and ad-hoc projects in our communities of operation.
  • Comply with all CCFC/ Children Believe policies and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.

Duty station:

  • Addis Ababa with frequent visit to different part of Ethiopia in program operation areas

Terms of Employment:

  • One year with a possibility of extension based on proven performance


Minimum Requirements /Qualifications, Attributes and Traits:

  • BA or MA Degree in a relevant development studies, economics, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, Project management or other related field of studies.
  • Minimum of ten years work experience for MA/MSc and twelve years for BA/BSc in the development field with at least three years in a leadership role or managerial position.
  • Minimum three years’ experience building relationships with development agencies (donors) and writing successful concept papers, grant proposals and donor reports
  • A hand on experience of at least seven years of experience in program/project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation experience, including budgeting and reporting with at least three years of experience in sponsorship activities and child protection and DRR interventions.
  • Professional expertise in one or more of CCFC’s/Children Believe’s key program areas/sectors: education, health, nutrition, sustainable livelihood/economic development, child rights and gender equality and/or water and sanitation; advocacy an asset
  • Experience in working with partners (local NGOs) is an asset
  • Experience in practicing Results Based Management (RBM) and in using Participatory Development Approach (PDA) tools.
  • Excellent skills in group facilitation, training, capacity-building and community mobilization, interpersonal communications, relationship-building, conflict management and networking skills, especially when developing / maintaining contacts and influencing development and funding agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including public speaking, networking and presentation skills; ability to speak and write in English and relevant local language(s)
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet; intermediate MS Project
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally
  • Results-oriented, proactive, deadline-driven, self-starter
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented and good organizational skills;
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and experience
  • Works effectively independently and in a team setting. 
  • Commitment to CCFC's/ Children Believe’s Vision, Mission and Values

How To Apply

 Applications must be submitted in English. Please submit: (1) Cover Letter, (2) Current Resume (CV) and (3) Salary Expectations through the following email address:

 Candidates MUST refer the position title on the subject line of their email and application.

 Applications are welcome from qualified applicants and will be received until December 23, 2019 only.

 Women who meet the minimum requirements for the posts are highly encouraged to apply.

 Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) Ethiopia

Phone: +251 11 618 7875

Cape Verde Street, Woreda 02, House #066,

Bole Sub City, P.O. Box 9123, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia