Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Creative seeks a Field Program Manager for a Department of State (DoS) funded security sector reform project. Employee will be responsible for day-to-day program management for a Middle East-based DoS-funded small grants and training-based project that supports beneficiaries in an active conflict environment. S/he will work in close coordination with the Policing Advisor, Field Team Lead and Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Manager to develop local work plans, update program trackers and support program activity implementation, including trainings, equipment delivery and community engagement activities. The Field Program Manager will also monitor and supervise all project-related partner and beneficiary activities and ensure that the project complies with Creative policies, procedures and performance reporting requirements.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Field Program Manager will report to the Policing Advisor.
- Serve as a primary technical contact and liaison with the Field Team Lead (or other company designee), program field advisors, and beneficiaries to ensure proper implementation, adequate monitoring, and sufficient coordination of field activity occurs;
- Participating in regular meetings with the beneficiaries and client to facilitate program development and relationship building opportunities;
- Support program wide budget and program activity management, including tracking activity development, implementation and disbursements;
- Deliver accurate and timely activity financial reports, including forecasts and cash requirements and budget implications of changes to program scope;
- Overall responsibility for activity sheet development, including working with program staff, beneficiaries, and key stakeholders to develop activity sheets, and submitting activity sheets to client agency for approval;
- Monitor and track the implementation of approved activities, monitor timelines, track budgets, support subcontract development, resolve issues, and ensure the timely completion and closure of activities (in coordination with Operations, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and Finance);
- Provide supplementary and continuous feedback to field program staff to support overall program implementation and partner and beneficiary management;
- Work closely with the project’s procurement team to ensure procurements are completed on time and to specification; and
- Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting Manager to ensure M&E and reporting inputs for reporting deliverables are provided by field staff in a timely manner.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field;
- At least five (5) years of experience in designing, managing and implementing humanitarian, development or stabilization programs;
- Experience working with an international development organization and knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation;
- Proven record of quality and accountability in managing activities through local partners and diverse stakeholders;
- Ability to build effective, credible partner and key stakeholder relationships and networks;
- Sound knowledge, expertise and relationships in the geographic region;
- Strong communication, knowledge management and excellent relationship building skills;
- Understanding of other organizations in the region and interactions with local government and bodies;
- Ability to collaborate with others;
- Strong English and Arabic writing skills; and
- Project budget, finance and forecasting skills.