Program Manager

IPAS, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th February, 2019

Job Description


Ipas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion. Through local, national, and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women and girls can enhance their sexual and reproductive health via affordable, safe, respectful, and comprehensive abortion and contraceptive care. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Program Manager, to be located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Program Manager (PM) has significant management experience, an interest in user-centered approaches to international development and is capable of thoroughly understanding and successfully implementing international sexual and reproductive health programs. The PM manages operations in Pakistan to maximize the delivery of Ipas Pakistan’s strategic goals.

The PM demonstrates commitment to the women and girls we serve through pragmatic and effective decision-making, acting with a sense of urgency and providing timely guidance to staff. The PM provides technical and managerial leadership for the Pakistan program under the direction of the Country Director. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and workplans to ensure that program goals and objectives are met at the country level. This includes providing strategic oversight and guidance on program implementation, inputs for annual work plans, proposal development, analysis of programmatic results, identification and resolution of challenges and program performance, application of lessons learned and best practices to improve program performance, donor reporting, financial monitoring, and personnel management. The PM also maintains close relationships with in-country key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.


Contributes to new program design and strategy, ensuring alignment with Ipas mission, values, and strategic plan

  • Responsible for managing the execution of programmatic work, ensuring high-quality project implementation
  • Responsible for spending per annual operational plan (minimizing surpluses or deficits)
  • Oversees programmatic, budget, and contractual compliance, including donor reporting
  • Monitors award compliance for all donor agreements, including sub-awards
  • Develops award workplans and conduct routine program analyses, including regular review and use of monitoring data and organizational quality standard indicators to track progress against key indicators using performance metrics, and engage project team(s) to adjust plans as needed
  • Develops award budgets and track spending, using financial management tools, conducting regular review and analysis of financial data, and engaging the project team(s) to adjust plans
  • Offers strategic and technical recommendations and ensure all programmatic issues are addressed in an effective and timely manner, including soliciting guidance from headquarters
  • Adapts and implements organization-wide initiatives, systems, and policies; monitor for compliance with organizational policies
  • Manages and supports donor reporting processes, including contributing to report documents and soliciting input from various project team members, ensuring quality and timely submission
  • Conducts field visits to program offices and sites to provide programmatic oversight and assistance
  • Supports the Country Director in representations with government officials at national and regional-level meetings
  • Interacts with key members of all units to meet their directives, share progress of work, resolve problems, and find alternate workable strategies
  • Ensures effective communication and routine collaboration between headquarters and the country office, keeping other staff members aware of relevant issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues, and engaging them to help problem solve as needed

Internal and External Customers/Supplies as well as Third Parties

  • Collaborates with operations/technical leads and the Country Director in reference to allocation of resources, budgetary issues, and program results
  • Works with North Carolina Program Support Team in reference to program implementation, field level challenges, and other program issues
  • Works with Program Support Team in reference to implementation of program workplans, budget review, and development of proposals and donor reports
  • Reports to the Country Director in reference to special requests, strategic planning, and program results and progress
  • Supports Country Director in external relations through representing Ipas among partners and key stakeholders and promoting Ipas’s mission through delivering presentations at relevant meetings and conferences
  • Helps to develop and maintain national and provincial level partnerships with donors, government, INGOs, NGOs, and others

People Leadership and Oversight

  • Supports recruitment, development, and mentoring of program staff
  • Provides leadership, supervision, support, guidance, and constructive feedback to staff and consultants, including the development and tracking of annual performance objectives


Relevant post-graduate degree (e.g. MPH, MBA, etc.) or comparable experience in implementing and managing complex programs at a national scale

  • At least 8 years’ personnel, programmatic, and financial management experience, preferably in development with an international non-governmental organization
  • Previous supervisory experience of full time staff members required
  • Demonstrated strengths in strategic planning and programs management, including good team working, strong interpersonal and supervision skills budgeting and negotiation skills
  • Experience working on technical components of comprehensive SRH programs, which include improving service delivery at the health systems level and engaging and working with community stakeholders to improve women and girls’ ability to access available services
  • Excellent understanding of the Reproductive Health sector, health care system, and prevalent health policies in Pakistan
  • Cross-cultural work experience required
  • Strong writing skills in English and Urdu
  • Good computer skill

Key Characteristics

  • Strong communication skills
  • Business Acumen
  • Diplomacy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership/management skills
  • Planning and organization

Professional Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with government officials and external partners
  • Working knowledge of development and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Working knowledge of project management and strategy development
  • Working knowledge of budget management including forecasting and tracking spending
  • Working knowledge of managing project operations and logistics

Eligibility: Must be able to travel up to 25%


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