Regional Program Manager – West Africa



Regional Program Manager

TechnoServe’s West Africa region has full country programs in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

The region has a diverse portfolio of projects, covering three of TechnoServe’s four focus sectors with programs in high margin agriculture, entrepreneurship, and food processing.

Home to TechnoServe’s oldest country program, Ghana, the region has over 50 years’ experience of developing, executing, and up-scaling innovative programs across a variety of value chains.

Beyond traditional bilateral and multilateral donors, the region also receives funding from private foundations, corporations, and national governments.

The West Africa Division of Technoserve is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic Regional Program Manager to support the mobilization and management of new and existing programs across the region.

Regional Program Manager Description:

Program Management (40%)

Build the management capacity of field teams by developing managerial tools such as budget trackers, work plans, report templates and charters and monitoring their execution and refinement
Support and monitor country teams in the development and execution of annual budgets and midterm budget reviews
Ensure the timely delivery of expenditure reports (including variance analyses) to divisional leadership and country directors
With the Regional Director, develop and manage WA region and division annual budgets, including direct bill
Support the Regional Director and Country Directors in the development of annual regional and country plans
Negotiate, develop and execute agreements and modifications in collaboration with field teams, as needed
Serve as lead for program technical audits and other donor inquiries related to programmatic results for WA programs, overseeing research, strategy and framing/drafting TNS response in conjunction with field offices and division and Head Office leadership
Provide general program support to the regional division, country and regional programs by reviewing reports, maintaining key programmatic files, and facilitating the review, updating, and processing of contracts, etc.
Support overall quality control of WA programs, flagging issues and areas of concern for divisional and home office leadership and disseminating lessons learned and best practices
Manage assignments of selected consultants and fellows, providing feedback on deliverables and work planning as needed
Mobilize new programs and support proper closeout of ending programs as needed
Act as interim program manager or other type of temporary attachment to West Africa projects, as needed
Manage stakeholder relationships for new and existing programs as needed
Support the identification of country gender champions. Promote active collaboration of gender champions at the country, regional, and corporate level
With country gender champions, ensure all projects and proposals include gender-specific targets. Facilitate the collection and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices related to gender integration. Promote and support gender assessments

Reporting and M&E (30%)

Manage the compilation, refinement and submission of quarterly Program Status Reports (PSRs) and program quality surveys
Provide technical review and editing of key donor reports, M&E plans, terms of reference for external program evaluations and other key program deliverables
Capacitate program managers in reporting by developing and rolling out tools such as report-writing guidelines, templates and trainings
Work with field staff to develop and refine program logframes and ensure their integration with internal reporting needs, and work with them develop program targets, report annual performance via the corporate measurement system and analyze data for accuracy and trends
Act as liaison for the region for all internal reporting systems, helping advocate for improvements and refinements to organization-wide systems such as corporate measurement in conjunction with field staff
Design and manage divisional program library and reporting calendar; liaise with WA teams to ensure systems integration of all active programs
Human Resources/Office Management (15%)

Support the recruitment and orientation of new program managers, directors and senior field staff on TechnoServe policies, procedures, structures and tools;
Support staff development of country Human Resource/Office managers, particularly in emerging/leanly staffed countries
Oversee candidate management for key staff positions, and contribute to timely and effective recruitment of staff, consultants, volunteers and interns by developing Scopes of Work (SOWs), vetting CVs, interviewing and checking references
Develop and manage databank of recruitment resources and tools to be shared across the region
Manage on-boarding and orientation of new divisional and regional staff
Facilitate staff and client training on program management, M&E, advising businesses competently and collaboratively, financial literacy and gender, as demanded
Knowledge Management and Marketing (10%)

Develop and deploy knowledge-sharing tools and platforms
Develop marketing collateral such as factsheets, press releases and articles for external distribution
Organize and facilitate internal meetings and communications to strengthen the organizational culture of WA as a Division, across country teams and the divisional team
Serve as the key liaison between WA and Home Office, representing WA perspectives on policy issues
Provide leadership and represent WA in practice groups
Respond to requests regarding WA and programs from Marketing, Finance, Office of the President and Board of Directors.
New Business Development (5%)

Provide occasional support to the new business development process, which can include proposal management, writing and research, recruitment, budget development, or other forms of support, as needed
Support the development of market analyses and donor scans, as required

Regional Program Manager  Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in international relations, economics, business or other relevant subject
Minimum of 5 years of work experience in international development in Africa,
Or Master’s degree with 3 years’ experience
Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet
Required Languages: English & French Language Proficiency

Travel: Up to 30% International Travel

Regional Program Manager  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Detail orientation, including strong organizational, analytical, and quantitative skills
Ability to anticipate demand, manage multiple tasks/ projects and meet tight deadlines
Proven team player with strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
Strong written communications skills

Regional Program Manager About the Organization

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 Impact Matters charity ratings agency.

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

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