Program Manager/Senior Program Manager - Human Rights

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Job Description

The Human Rights team seeks a talented professional with strong international gender-based violence (GBV) and U.S. Federal Government program management and sub-award management skills for the position of Program Manager/Senior Program Manager, Human Rights. The Program Manager will lead the Urgent Assistance Program. In addition, the Program Manager will lead the day-to-day management of technical assistance projects, program sub grantees, and other projects as a part of the Voices Against Violence Initiative. This position is based in Washington, DC and will work closely and report to the Director of Prevention and Response Initiatives, Human Rights. This role supports the development of four members of the Human Rights team, three directly and one indirectly.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Subject Matter Expertise:  Bring a deep understanding of gender-based violence, its root causes, the ways in which it manifests in different global contexts, and its impacts on victims/survivors and society.  Maintain an understanding of challenges associated with addressing GBV, including major issues facing different countries worldwide, and challenges associated with social norms and insecure settings. Maintain an understanding of international best practices in GBV service provision, including identifying key stakeholders, and legal, political, and governmental structures.

Program Management:  Manage the day-to-day implementation of special projects, including the Urgent Assistance Program, within the program from design phase through planning, implementation, evaluation and close out. Serve as the primary approver for Urgent Assistance cases, including providing oversight, guidance and best practices on case management, and participation in evening, weekend and holiday supervisory rotations. Ensure adherence to program plans and schedules as well as develop solutions to problems. Engage with local organizations in the implementation and troubleshooting of projects. Manage training workshops or other projects as part of program. Manage partner subgrantee agreements and ensure project deliverables are met on time and on budget.  Coordinate with Finance and Administration Department to develop, maintain and monitor any other relevant subgrant processes.

Financial Management: Manage program budgets, as well as updated forecasts. Track spending on project and review for accuracy. Ensure that all financial transactions are done in accordance with VV and donor regulations. Institute due diligence practices to minimize risk and ensure adequate oversight of transactions.

Monitoring & Evaluation: Manage design and implementation of M&E instruments, in consultation with other relevant team members, including M&E Specialist. Demonstrate program impact through M&E analysis in presentations and reports. 

Relationship Management: Identify and liaise with key stakeholders both in the U.S. and in countries of operation. Maintain contact and relationships with organizations, individuals, and participants on Vital Voices’ behalf. Act as point of contact for partner organizations; coordinate communications; manage roles and responsibilities; administer sub-grants; and serve as liaison for the Human Rights Department to other organizational departments and programs, when appropriate.

Communications: Collaborate with team members to produce donor reports, create one-pagers, concept notes, and other communications for the Human Rights Department and specific programs. Oversee and edit program content and descriptions for Vital Voices website and other print or electronic media.

Employee Engagement: As part of program management, identify, recruit, and manage engagement of potential program consultants and/or staff members. Actively participate in hiring processes. Further, the position will provide support for Urgent Assistance Program staff, including promoting strategies to support wellness, burnout prevention and mitigate exposure to and effects of secondary trauma.

Other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Program Manager: bachelor’s degree plus five years of relevant experience; OR graduate degree in international affairs/development, social work or related field plus three years of experience in relevant program management or related experience;

Senior Program Manager: bachelor’s degree plus seven years of relevant experience, OR graduate degree in international affairs/development, an MPH, MSW or related filed plus five years of relevant experience;

Advanced professional proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian required, with a strong preference for French;

Experience living/working overseas, with a preference for experience living and/or working in Sub Saharan Africa;

Minimum of three years of experience working on GBV issues in an international context,

A minimum of three years of experience providing direct support to victims/survivors of GBV, including leading direct service programs that provide crisis intervention, shelter, legal services and/or psychosocial support including secondary trauma

Professional experience working with a client/case management database;

Proven track record of strong program management skills, including program planning and implementation, financial management, tracking and managing budgets, monitoring and evaluation, and managing donor relations;

Exceptional ability to prioritize work, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and deliver high-quality results within tight timelines with minimal supervision, on time and within budget;

Experience supervising and leading development of at least two direct reports,;

Demonstrated experience working in and passion for gender/women’s issues, specifically GBV;

Advanced computer literacy, including strong Excel and PowerPoint skills.

Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail;

Positive attitude and demonstrated commitment to Vital Voices’ mission and values.

Experience with public speaking and training in international contexts; 

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Familiarity and experience with Salesforce strongly preferred;

Experience working on projects funded by the U.S. State Department or other U.S. Government departments/agencies a plus. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Background knowledge and experience working on topics related to harmful traditional practices and in conflict/unstable settings;
Experience with public speaking and training in international contexts; 
Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Familiarity and experience with Salesforce strongly preferred;

Experience working on projects funded by the U.S. State Department or other U.S. Government departments/agencies a plus. 
This position is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC. Vital Voices does not provide work visa sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position.
Vital Voices provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other federal, state or local protected characteristic. Vital Voices does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume and three professional references. No phone calls please. 

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