Program Manager – Financial Services (Inclusion)

International Executive Service Corps
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The International Executive Service Corp (IESC), a dynamic not-for-profit organization with a focus on private sector growth, is seeking candidates for a full time Program Manager in its growing Financial Services Practice.  IESC’s Financial Services Practice specializes in improving financial access in emerging markets, particularly for agribusinesses and SMEs in Africa, Asia, and MENA.

It is expected that the Program Manager will allocate her/his time equally to program management and new business development but also on technical support.  The Program Manager will have administrative, technical, and management responsibilities related to the execution of specific programs in the Financial Services practice area.  In addition, the Program Manager will engage in specific new business activities under the guidance of the IESC Financial Services Practice Lead. Based in our in Washington, DC, the Program Manager is anticipated to travel up to 20% per annum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Management

The Program Manager will be responsible for the home office management of programs assigned to the position, including:

– Provide home office support to the field as needed.
– Ensure program deliverables are met and on schedule and that program activities are compliant with donor agreements, government regulations and IESC policies.
– Manage the financial relationship between the field and the home office including approval and review of cash requests, field expense reports, and budget review, as well as coordinate pipeline and accrual submissions.
– Process all program related expense reports, invoices and advances.
– Manage the monitoring and evaluation activities of a program including contributing to the finalization and submission of program work plans, performance monitoring plans (PMPs) and quarterly, annual and other reports.
– Responsible for program staffing including coordinating the employment of full-time field and home office staff and fielding short-term and long-term technical assistance and volunteer projects.
– Manage the relationship with all subcontracted organizations on a program.
Promote program success through the collection and distribution of success stories, case studies, photos and outreach at events.
– Attend informative events related to the subject matter or region of a program to network and learn information that could be valuable to program activities.

Business Development

With the direction of IESC’s Financial Services Practice Lead, the Program Manager will:

– Be responsible for completion of specific sections of a proposal following the release of a procurement.  The particular proposal section will vary from proposal to proposal but may include the development of the first draft of the technical proposal, under the direction of the IESC practice lead.
– Engage in proactive new business development, such as developing concept notes and white papers that build on current IESC programs.
– In support of Practice Area Lead, conduct occasional new business trips prior to the release of anticipated procurements to gather information for the technical proposal, identify/meet potential local partners and potential local staff, etc.
– Be responsible for the research, writing, verification, and distribution of IESC organizational qualification and past performance reference material.
– Support knowledge management within the practice including the capture and articulation of success stories, best practice and lessons learned.


B.A. required; M.B.A. or M.A. in Economics, Finance/Accounting, International Affairs/Development, or related field a plus.
Experience with USAID or other donor programs required. USG experience preferred.
Minimum of five years of experience in international development required
Experience working at the headquarters of an NGO or contractor required
Strong budgeting and performance management experience necessary.
Experience in new business development in international development required.
Ability to prioritize among multiple competing requests and a self-starter who is detail-oriented, thorough and well organized.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of team members a must.  Field experience working and/or living overseas a plus.
Strong interest and curiosity for financial inclusion required.  Experience working in financial inclusion/access/microfinance, impact investing, mobile banking/digital finance, or agriculture finance, especially for women and youth-owned MSMEs, a plus.
Fluency in English required. Second language skills in another language a plus, especially French or Arabic.

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 29, 2016.  To apply, please visit

Applicants must have US citizenship or an authorization to work in the US.  IESC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.