Senior Manager, SC Integrators Program

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Description

Title: Senior Manager, SC Integrators Program Team or Country Office: Programs
Employment Classification: Regular, Full-Time Employee FLSA Status (only applies to US employees): Choose an item.
Location: Any Full Time Equivalent: 1.0
Pay Grade: US – 9 Travel %: 25%
Supervisor’s Name and Title: Ruth Bechtel, VP Programs Date Last Updated: July 30, 2021

 

ABOUT VILLAGEREACH

VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive.  We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care.  This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached.  Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for more than 46 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach in incorporated in Washington State and has offices in Seattle (USA), Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and Mozambique.

DESCRIPTION

Summary

The Senior Manager, Programs is responsible for coordinating VillageReach’s Supply Chain Integrators program, a 4-5 year initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This large and complex body of work is aimed at improving primary health care outcomes in Africa with a focus on supply chain strengthening with work spanning across multiple geographies and stakeholders. The Senior Manager, Programs will report directly to the Vice President, Programs and plays a key role in working relationships with VillageReach leadership, partners and donors. Ideal candidates are experienced project managers with a record of accomplishment leading complex projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Senior Manager, Programs include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Project management, grant administration and internal coordination (75%)

  • Lead annual work planning activity and maintain project plans with teams
  • Manage grant milestones, ensuring timely and quality execution of all deliverables.
  • Facilitate routine cadence of program meetings
  • Lead internal communications and knowledge management pertaining to program
  • Ensure synergies and dependencies are being managed across teams
  • Lead routine communications and reporting to internal stakeholders including other VillageReach Board of Directors and Executive Team
  • Prepare donor communications for VP Programs, including monthly and annual reports for BMGF
  • Manage grant budget including expense approvals, reforecasting as needed, consultant and/or subaward management and conducting final review of expenses
  • Track donor trends as relevant to investment keeping VP programs and workstream leads apprised

External Communications (15%)

  • Lead routine reporting for external stakeholders including donors, government leadership, and technical partners.
  • Liaise with VillageReach advocacy and communications team to produce communications materials including white papers, blogs, social media, collateral, and talking points.

Technical Advising (10%)

  • Provide technical direction and assistance for Supply Chain Integrators program as needed
  • Advise VP Programs and workstream leads on trends and opportunities

Competencies:

The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

  • Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization

 

  • Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed

 

  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach
  • Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach
  • Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making

 

REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Education & Experience:

  • At least 5 years in management/leadership overseeing complex projects in sub-Saharan Africa
  • At least 3 years of experience in at least one of the following (more than one is a plus): supply chain, digital health, public private partnerships, or primary health care delivery.
  • Master’s degree in public health, public administration, business or related field.

Other Qualifications:

  • Experience coordinating with government stakeholders, donors, and technical partners.
  • Interest in learning and working across health supply chains.
  • Proven record of accomplishment balancing detailed execution with strategy and partner/opportunity landscape.
  • Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context. Experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.
  • Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Knowledge of project management systems, software tools and concepts. Project management certification is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment with many technologies in use.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required. French and/or Portuguese strongly desired.
  • Self-starter with strong communication skills; ability to work independently and ask for help when needed.

Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Due to the time zone differences between our Seattle office and our Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, our global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to our online portal: http://www.villagereach.org/join-us/

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

Compensation:

VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.

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