USAID SOCY Project Jobs – Program Manager at Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)

Job Title:   Program Manager
Organization: Georgetown University Institute for
Reproductive Health (IRH)
Project Name: Sustainable Outcomes for Children and
Youth (SOCY) Project
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: IRH Country Coordinator
About US:
The Georgetown University
Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is dedicated to improving the sexual
and reproductive health of women, men and youth through a research-to-practice
agenda. Our emphasis is on increasing access to and use of family planning,
increasing fertility awareness through life-stage appropriate interventions,
expanding access to fertility awareness-based family planning methods in an
informed choice context, and developing scalable interventions to transform
gender norms and catalyze the diffusion of social norms that support family
planning. Cross-cutting themes in the Institute’s work include the diffusion of
social norms that support sexual and reproductive health, scale up of
innovations, and incorporating gender perspectives in reproductive health. In
partnership with a wide range of international and local organizations, IRH
conducts research, builds capacity, and provides technical assistance to public
and private-sector organizations in lower and middle-income countries and the
U.S. The Institute is supported by grants from U.S. foundations and government
agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
About USAID SOCY Project:
The Institute has a variety
of projects in its portfolio and currently has four projects which require
field support in Uganda. This position will focus on one of those four
The Sustainable Outcomes for
Children and Youth (SOCY) Project, is a five-year project funded by USAID and
implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with Action for
Community Development (ACODEV), African Network for Prevention and Protection
against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), TPO Uganda, Futures Group, and IRH.
The project objective is to improve the health, nutrition, education and
psychosocial wellbeing of vulnerable populations, as well as reduce abuse,
exploitation and neglect to a minimum of 625,000 children and 101,500
households in 17 districts in central and western Uganda, based on
PEPFAR-approved districts. IRH’s role on the SOCY Project is to 1) design and
lead both the gender and youth analyses across project objectives and geographic
areas; and 2) develop and pilot a culturally appropriate, gender-sensitive
model (based on the GREAT intervention) to support and nurture the social
development of Ugandan youth in two sub-counties of Luwero district and one
sub-county in Mityana district.
Job Summary: The Program Manager will oversee the
coordination and administration of all aspects of IRH’s SOCY Project with CRS,
including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program
activities in Uganda. As the in-country representative of the SOCY project, the
Program Manager may be asked to represent IRH in meetings or events related to
the project. The Program Manager must ensure all activities are conducted
within IRH institutional policies and ethical standards, CRS and donor
requirements, and research activities are implemented according to the study
protocol(s). The incumbent will also represent the Institute in relevant
forums, including meetings with project partners, donors, and other
stakeholders. He / She may also be involved in meetings and events to present
findings to stakeholders and report on project activities. The job holder will
coordinate regularly with Washington, DC staff to ensure that data are
effectively reported, presented and used to improve the project activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Program Management and Research and M&E:
  • In
    charge of developing program goals and objectives in collaboration with
    CRS and IRH/DC technical staff
  • Plan
    the delivery of the overall program and implementation of its activities,
    including development of the annual work plan
  • Ensure
    program progress adheres to protocol and timeline; ensure high quality
    outputs including data
  • Develop
    and manage annual budget and other funding requests (e.g. pipelines for
    USAID etc.
  • Actively
    participate in technical meetings as required
  • Maintain
    close communication with IRH HQ staff and externally with implementing partners,
    stakeholders and donors.
  • Attend
    meetings with USAID Mission, as well as line ministries as
  • Ensure
    accurate, timely reporting to IRH HQ staff, partners and USAID on project
    processes and deliverables.
  • Represent
    IRH in relevant forums and develop/maintain relationships with
    implementing partners and other stakeholders to promote the integration,
    ownership and sustainability of IRH projects.
  • Develop
    project monitoring system including tools and data collection schedule
  • Work
    closely with IRH/DC technical staff, recruit, interview and select
    well-qualified program staff
  • Oversee
    and mentor the project’s Research Coordinator
  • Perform
    any other tasks in line with the essential functions mentioned above may
    be required.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Post-graduate degree in public
    health, anthropology, sociology, demography, or a related social sciences
  • At
    least five years’ experience in program management and implementation of a
    range of program, M&E and/or social research including qualitative and
    quantitative data collection and analysis;
  • Working
    knowledge of child protection, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC),
    and/or gender based violence prevention programming;
  • Past
    experience in research-to-practice efforts, especially in applying
    research results to improve program performance and conversely, in
    ensuring performance indicators are achieved;
  • Excellent
    communications skills and the capacity to represent IRH in external
    meetings, explaining the purpose of project and IRH’s role, the purpose of
    gathering M&E indicators and data to a broader audience;
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of M&E principles and quality standards;
  • Prior
    experience developing and conducting qualitative research, including Focus
    Group Discussions (FGDs), Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), and/or cohort
    in-depth interviews;
  • Past
    experience scaling up pilot health interventions desired;
  • Experience
    working in post-conflict communities desired;
  • Experience
    or technical knowledge of USAID and/or PEFAR reporting and M&E
    reporting systems and requirements preferred;
  • Proven
    ability to work in a collaborative, professional fashion, with an eye to
    understanding political and other factors operating within partner
  • Prior
    experience in program management, including developing scopes of work,
    work plans, and budgets;
  • Excellent
    organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent
    analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Good
    knowledge of computer applications and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Fluent
    spoken and written English; knowledge of Nubi, Ruuli, Luganda,
    Runyoro/Rutoro, and/or Runyankole/Rukiga preferred.
How to Apply:  
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to Email their resumes and cover letters to Emily Arach at with the subject line “Program Manager – Uganda.” Please
specify where you found the job advertisement. ( website)
Deadline: 10th June,
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