Program Manager, NPI EXPAND

The Palladium Group Remote Washington, District of Columbia, United States

NPI EXPAND Overview


The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Expanding Health Partnerships—NPI EXPAND Project—is a global five-year (2019-2024) U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports locally-driven efforts to increase the availability and utilization of high-quality health and education services. In line with USAID's Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) framework, NPI EXPAND invests in new and underutilized local partners (NUPs) and strengthens their capacity to strategize, plan, and implement programs with USAID funds. Enhanced participation of capable local organizations to increase demand for and to deliver high-quality, high impact services will enable governments to meet crucial goals equitably and sustainably. NPI EXPAND will also catalyze opportunities to scale up innovative interventions by strengthening the capacity of NUPs with varying levels of capabilities and exposure to USAID.

This Opportunity

The NPI EXPAND Program Manager will provide managerial, administrative and technical support for project activities including work plan development, grant making, budget development and monitoring, capacity strengthening with local grantees, documentation and reporting, communications, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. The program manager will provide managerial and technical counsel to staff in two to three countries: Pakistan, Brazil and Tanzania. The program manager will apply a gender lens to all country activities in health (and education in Pakistan), ensuring that gender equity is advanced. As necessary, the program manager will advise on Covid-19 protocols for project staff and activities. The program manager will report to the Field Support Director.

You and Your Career

If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, and doer, and you have expertise in international development project management in family planning, maternal newborn, and child health projects, we are interested in hearing from you. 

We are a learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start. We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

The primary responsibilities of the Program Manager, NPI EXPAND include, but are not limited to:

Provide Managerial Assistance/Oversight:

  • Assist in-country team with workplan and budget development and monitoring
  • Ensure in-country team is utilizing/following systems for project development and implementation
  • Ensure clear communication with the client, grantees, and partners
  • Assist with trouble-shooting and problem-solving on project activities
  • Assist in-country team with quarterly and annual reporting, and other reports, research where necessary

Provide technical oversight:

  • Ensure health programming approaches in family planning (FP) and maternal, newborn, child health (MNCH) reflect international and national guidance and best practice
  • Ensure gender is taken into account in all project work in technical area and that gender equity principles are advanced
  • Provide technical guidance in health and /or education to grantees and for all activities in country
  • Engage in regular monitoring calls with the Country Team Lead (CTL) and in-country project technical staff, grantees and consultants
  • Identify challenges/issues with project work and troubleshoot solutions with in-country staff and experts
  • Escalate any persistent challenges/issues as appropriate to the CTL and the project's global staff

Oversee and provide input into grantee and project reports:

  • Assist with preparation/review of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for Palladium global team and USAID
  • Engage in weekly calls with the global project team and Field Support Director
  • Engage in biweekly calls with the project team and USAID
  • Review achievements of milestones submitted by grantees
  • Review and advise on health aspects of deliverables submitted by grantees
  • Assist with maintaining activity documentation for health programming (documents, emails, workplans and drafts) in appropriate location where others can find it

Monitoring, Learning, Reporting, and Dissemination:

  • Assist with documenting achievement of objectives and collection of data for the monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Work with in-country staff to identify promising practices, success stories, and lessons learned to document and disseminate through print, electronic, presentation, and other means
  • Co-develop (with in-country staff and local partners) remote workshops/knowledge dissemination events to share experiences/successes and address challenges that may arise among local implementers
  • Assist/Advise CTL and technical project staff on communication with USAID Mission as needed on health programming issues
  • Assist country staff with the development of communications products (photos/stories) as needed with local partners to communicate activity progress and impact

Period and Location of Performance

The position will go through September 2024. Location for this engagement is in Washington, DC.

Key competencies required:

  • Strong experience with USAID-funded project experience is required
  • Strong experience working with civil society organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, etc.) required
  • Strong experience representing project or activity with government, donors, and other stakeholders
  • Excellent report writing and communications skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Professional expertise/competencies preferred:

  • Strong experience managing international health or education project activities required; providing technical assistance in FP/MNCH and/or education is preferred.
  • Experience supporting projects in Brazil, Pakistan, and/or Tanzania preferred
  • Swahili, Portuguese, or another language preferred
  • Understanding of gender barriers and facilitators in health programming preferred
  • Experience with monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities preferred


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