Interim Program Manager – Maternity Cover

Search For Common Ground


Position Summary
The Interim Program Manager with the Institutional Learning Team (ILT) will manage projects and team staff supporting Search’s global strategy and associated Learning Agenda for a fixed period of either 4 or 11 months. S/he provides technical expertise on research, evaluation and learning efforts, including review and approval of products and deliverables. This role also includes oversight of contract management and financial management of grant budgets. The Program Manager ensures the successful relationship development with external partners and audiences, and contributes to key fundraising opportunities for ILT strategic partnerships projects. This person collaborates extensively with external partners, peers, and donors while seeking maximum relevance in research, evaluation, and learning and applicability for internal use.


    • Key Area 1: Personnel and grants management. Supervise ILT staff, as assigned. Provide leadership and direction for all ILT grants and ILT lines allocated across projects in East and Central Africa, including financial management, contract management, draft key deliverables, etc. Maintain budget and track expenditures/transactions. Ensure timely project reporting for projects. Ensure records, work plans, reports and / or proposals are documented. Ensure implementation of policies and practices, including but not limited to contractual compliance for project grants.
    • Key Area 2: Learning on key themes related to Strategy & Learning Agenda. Oversee and review strategic learning efforts and research projects. Contribute to the identification of key learning themes from new and existing projects.
    • Key Area 3: Technical expertise on design, monitoring, evaluation, and research methods. Lead and support research initiatives and technical assistance activities, such as assessments, for projects focused on monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Collaborate across Search teams to provide technical assistance and training on research methods which may include design of qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, and report drafting. Travel may be required.
    • Key Area 4:  Partnership development. Lead the development of ideas and concepts related to strategy development, articulation of Learning Agenda and new project design. Represent organization at donor and partners’ meetings as appropriate.
    • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications:
      • At least 5 years of experience in evaluation and/or research
      • At least 3 years of grants management experience
      • Experience working in the field of peacebuilding, international development
      • Experience in developing and managing strategic partnerships with donors and other practitioner organizations
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in a social science, peacebuilding, development, or related fields
    • Experience leading both field-based and desk research initiatives
    • Experience designing and leading trainings on topics related to design, monitoring, evaluation, research and learning

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Proficiency in English and French
    • Familiarity engaging with donors and funders for partnership development
    • Proven ability to plan and lead teams to execute research and learning across projects and programs
    • Experience working with data, conducting data analysis, and turning data into easily understood concepts
    • Excellent writing and communications skills
    • Ability to think outside the box, and enjoy adaptive problem solving
    • Must enjoy working independently, as well as in a team environment
    • Detail oriented and highly organized, with a proactive approach
    • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines.

How To Apply

Closing date: June 26, 2020

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Type: Temporary