Program Manager

Organization
African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM III)
Deadline for Applications
08/27/2015
Contact Information
Application ProcessInterested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and salary requirements to careers@seaf.com with “Program Manager – [YOUR NAME]” as the subject of the email. Submission deadline: August 15, 2015.

Background

 

The Program Manager of the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM III) is expected to provide overall management and direction of the ADM.  The ADM, which is in its 6th year of operation is a partnership between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Western Union, and the George Washington University (GW-CIBER) as well as other partners.  The ADM is a “Global Development Alliance”[1] (GDA), which is a form of public-private partnership.  The ADM is a platform built around a business plan competition to support diaspora entrepreneurship and assist these entrepreneurs to grow innovative and competitive enterprises.  It is a way to harness the incredible talent of diasporas and put it to productive use in their countries of origin or heritage.

 

The ADM has provided nearly $2.5 million in matching grants to 34 awardees across ten countries.  The awardees have businesses across numerous sectors, including agribusiness, ICT, renewable energy, transportation and manufacturing.  The ADM has provided many of them with additional services such as technical assistance, access to finance and information resources.

 

The implementing partner for the ADM is the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF).  SEAF has managed the program since 2012.  SEAF was selected to assist with the management of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP).  It is uncertain if this specific activity will continue beyond the end of FY 2015.[2]

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

The Program Manager will have overall responsibility and direction for the program. The Program Manager will supervise up to two staff members, and oversee one or more sub-contracts, including the subcontractor for monitoring and evaluation.  S/he will also be required to manage relationships with the GDA partners, and coordinate meetings, conference calls and activities.

 

The successful candidate for the position must demonstrate the desire and ability to take ADM into the future.  USAID and the other partners want to expand and sustain the ADM, both in terms of the size and number of grants, geographic reach and overall impact.

 

Major Duties and responsibilities will include:

 

A.      Program Planning, Implementation, and Reporting:

 

1.       Provide strategic recommendations in support of ADM objectives

2.       Develop new partners and sponsors that support both the program at large as well as the entrepreneurs we serve

3.       Understand needs of the growing ADM community of entrepreneurs to drive program improvements 

4.       Manage the development and growth of the African diaspora database

5.       Develop a continuous series of outreach activities to increase general awareness of the ADM

6.       Prepare quarterly operational and financial reports to USAID

7.       Prepare grant agreements for the successful 2015 finalists

8.       Oversee grant disbursement

9.       Oversee the monitoring and evaluation processes

10.   Prepare annual work plans

11.   Manage budget resources

12.   Respond to intermittent, unplanned data calls from USAID and the other partners

13.   Maintain and update the website on a regular basis

14.   Coordinate AWEP activities (refer to footnote 2 description above)

15.   Supervision of ADM staff

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

1.       Education:

·         A minimum of Master’s degree in economic development, business, finance or closely related field.

 

2.       Prior work experience:

·         A minimum of 10 years of experience with SME development in emerging markets, three of which must have been in Africa.

·         Technical experience in private sector partnerships development and facilitating access to finance for SMEs. 

·         On-the-ground experience in multiple African countries (five or more).

·         Managed projects of $2.0 million or more.

 

3.       Knowledge:

·         A solid knowledge of basic development principles, program and project development, budgeting, management, and implementation are required.

·         Understanding of the African diaspora in the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

4.       Skills and Abilities:

·         Must have the ability to analyze programming issues and to develop a way to solve them; excellent writing and speaking skills; good interpersonal skills, including an ability to work as a member of a team, build consensus, provide leadership and effectively coordinate with internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural setting.

·         S/he must be able to organize work, develop schedules, and meet deadlines.

 

Other desirable qualifications include:

 

·         Prior experience with USAID and/or USAID-funded projects

·         Working knowledge (or fluency) of French

·         Consulting experience across multiple sectors

·         Experience with women’s entrepreneurship activities

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

Travel

 

The Program Manager will be expected to make one or more trips to Africa to attend sponsored events and provide certain services related to awardees.