Program Development Manager – West Africa Region

Full Time Greater Accra Technoserve
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Deadline: 13/03/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: Experienced

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Job Summary:

TechnoServe’s West Africa Regional Team implements a portfolio of programs in Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Benin. The team is currently seeking a dedicated program development professional to build upon the existing portfolio and support the development of new business opportunities in the region.

The Program Development Manager will play a key role in helping to expand the organization’s businesses solutions to poverty. The Manager will work closely with country teams and report to the Senior Program Development Manager. S/he will be a dynamic participant in all aspects of program development, gaining exposure to economic development and sustainable business models across the organization’s footprint in the region.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Lead research and analytical efforts to inform evidence-based program design
Review and synthesize key donor priorities to identify areas for TechnoServe West Africa growth
Collaborate with country teams and TechnoServe global practice areas to develop concept notes and short proposals that incorporate best practices from TechnoServe’s core areas of expertise
Execute all aspects of proposal development, including coordinating complex efforts with dispersed proposal team members, drafting and editing technical proposals, gathering budget inputs, liaising with key partners, and customizing past performance references
Contribute to overall new business strategy in collaboration with country teams, Senior Program Development Manager, and Regional Director, assessing regional performance against Key Performance Indicators and annual sales targets
Convene and participate in meetings with external stakeholders, articulating a clear understanding of TechnoServe’s past and present portfolio in West Africa
Ensure proposal development efforts are adequately resourced and oversee management of external consultants as needed
Basic Qualifications:

Minimum of 7 years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of experience with a Master’s Degree
At least 3 years in business development with a proven track record of managing and contributing to winning proposals
Familiarity with project design and implementation in the international development arena and knowledge of the international development donor landscape
Strong written and oral communication skills with an enthusiasm for writing
Experience working with or leading geographically dispersed colleagues and project teams

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience cultivating relationships and liaising directly with donors and partners
Passionate about market-led approaches to helping the poor improve their livelihoods
Experience in agricultural development/agribusiness/economic growth/enterprise development
Proficiency in French preferred

Up to 25%
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to perform under pressure, be flexible, work independently, manage multiple tasks, and work effectively as a manager and team member in a fast-paced multi-cultural environment
Strong critical thinking, problem solving skills
Attention to detail, orientation to quality and high degree of follow-through

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at or call +1 202 785 4515.

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