Program Manager

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Agriculture, Development and Project Management, Social Sciences and Community
Hawassa, Sidama 
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description


u  Represent the program & the implementation of the LEEP program action plans of the target City/wereda/towns.

u  Accountable and responsible to facilitate or create a detailed implementation plan (DIP) of the projects for the city/town/wereda

u  Ensure program staff is deployed on respective target areas and training centers

u  Ensure Program Coordinators (both Gender and Economic) engage in community mobilization, need identification, planning and effective implementation of program activities.

u  Regularly visit field activities and provide formal and informal feedback to the project staff in terms of adequate and inadequate progress as well as recommendations for improved performance;

u  Continuously assess project’s context, assumptions and changes in the working environment to ensure that the project focus, strategies and activities remain relevant and to proposed adjustments when needed.

u  Ensure the implementation of project activities in accordance with the DIP and with the aim of 100% achievements of project results and approved budget.

u  Ensure feed backs are gathered from participants and beneficiaries on the Youth livelihood curriculum, leadership & economic empowerment of women’s and overall program activities for further improvement and possible actions.

u  Establish Regional/ wereda/town level linkages and partnerships with private sectors, MFIs , GOs , NGO s, TTIs etc and maintain existing partnerships in wereda/town level.

u  Work with Life Skills Trainers to plan activities on a quarterly and weekly basis;

u  Ensure & Coordinate that gender issues are properly addressed during the process of the project planning and implementation in  weredas;

u  Provide technical backup along with close coaching and mentoring support to enable Life Skills & other women empowerment trainers to work effectively in the implementation woreda & kebele;

u  Maintain and create good relationship and collaboration with government ministry offices in Regional/ wereda/town level.

u  Coordinate & ensure that the YES centers are equipped and well informed to provide the necessary services and information to business starters and unemployed youths to find jobs.

u  Ensure & work towards improved YES service delivery and make YES centers are green, attractive and women friendly.

u  Coordinate, participate and contribute for program development and planning meetings

u  Facilitate the involvement of volunteers from different sectors to support the program.

u  Support ToR and procurement requests ( PRs ) for any program related purchase in consultation with the program staff.

u  Ensure Regional/ wereda level program plans & reports are good quality, regularly updated and timely produced and communicated to all stakeholders.

u  Organize periodic (Quarterly, BI-Annually) review meetings involving all relevant SHs (including project staff, support functions and partners) to assess all project management documents and evaluate if project is being implemented on time, achieving results and quality.

u  Prepare budget forecasts and AIR Review regularly towards budget management


u  Communicate effectively with program staff and partners to identify needs and develop alternatives business solutions.


u  Coordinate & ensure team sprit develop among program staff at city/town/wereda level.

u  Organize periodic meetings with program staff.

u  Maintain program files and related program inputs are properly documented and available at safer places.

u  Carry out other duties as requested by the Field Operations Manager.


Network Building

u  Ensure proper implementation of identify young budding entrepreneurs and youth having potential to become entrepreneurs.

u  To ensure the effectiveness of network of entrepreneurial young leaders.

u  To ensure effective partnership and link the target groups with private companies and association, training entities and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs)

u  Identify Potential Economic Opportunities of the wereda.

u  Build good networking with other YES services in the wereda & adopt best practices in the existing YES center at the city/town/wereda level.

u  Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with private sector, community partners and other stakeholders as relevant;

Job Requirements



MA/ BA Degree preferable in field (s) such as social work, gender, rural development, business, commerce, Agriculture and related courses.

u  10 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 6 years in Youth Livelihood program positions.

u  Experience of working with youth livelihoods development programs in rural and urban setups.

u  Excellent understanding of the culture of and ways of living of target operational Areas

u  Good written and spoken English.

u  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with private sectors, communities, government structure, existing NGOs etc

u  Good team player and open for new ideas and learning

u  Good report writing skill, able to collect, document and share program records and information.

u  Experiences of working in INGOs, Communities at grass root level, local training institutes are advantageous.

u  Knowledge of computer applications.

u  Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the program is implemented, within approved security frameworks.



u  Extensive experience in Budget Management

u  Work experience in facilitation, Coaching, partnership development, networking and supporting IGAs.

u  Work experience in Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health services for youth. 

How to Apply

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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