Senior Program Manager, Africa

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Job Title: Senior Program Manager, Africa 

Department: Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC; and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

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The Role: The Senior Program Manager, Africa is a new role within the Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP), developed to support a growing portfolio in Africa with integrated program management, finance, and operations. This role will serve as the lead administrator of the Africa program and will manage the full range of processes required for effective delivery of programs and operations. This role will also be key to supporting new fundraising efforts with restricted donors and will work closely with the Africa and Government Fundraising teams to set strategies, develop proposals, and oversee the eventual implementation of restricted funding grants. The Senior Program Manager will supervise a growing team of program support and operations staff and will report to the Senior Regional Director, Africa. The Senior Program Manager will work closely with other members of the Africa team, as well as the GLP teams, Program Management Unit, Operations, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L), Development (Fundraising), and Communications.

The position will be based in the Center's Nairobi office.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Assess, build, and manage program function for the Africa region:
    • Integrate and link program management components with ongoing implementation, including strategy and planning, budgets, grants and contracts, and development;
    • Oversee tracking of program implementation, and facilitate coordination within the program and across other regions and departments;
    • In close collaboration with the Sr. Regional Director and technical leads, maintain oversight of the Africa region’s portfolio, managing the administrative and operational budgets and working closely with key staff on their program budgets.
    • Work closely with the Program Management Unit to strengthen program management across the organization, including building program and project management capacities in the Africa region and disseminating learning and best practices.
  • Coordinate Africa region contributions to strategic and planning processes and supporting the global organizational work planning process more broadly:
    • Implement tailored approaches to enable positive and efficient strategy development and planning for the Africa region;
    • Oversee annual planning and periodic reporting and budget projections (internal and grants-based);
    • Work with ME&L team to support development and implementation of new organizational systems for evaluation and learning with and for the Africa region.
  • Play key role in new efforts to secure restricted, especially government, funding for the Africa region and to integrate related systems and processes into the region’s operations:
    • Oversee and support proposal development and writing processes;
    • Oversee the implementation, management and compliance of restricted grants;
    • Support sub-grant and partnership agreements (including executing contracts, ensuring compliance, and supporting implementation and reporting);
  • Support development of increased and strengthened internal channels of communication from and through departments and regional offices;
  • Oversee operations for Africa program, including all aspects of internal processes and systems and ensuring smooth operations for CRR’s Nairobi office;
  • Participate in key cross-departmental and cross-functional teams as representative of the Africa region, as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • 8+ years of professional experience;
  • Master's degree preferred; 
  • Experience directly managing staff required;
  • Significant program and project management experience required;
  • Experience with large restricted grants required;
  • Experienced in facilitating teams to develop collaborative processes;
  • Ability to see and understand the big picture and translate into strategic processes;
  • Ability to translate technical information for lay audiences;
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to draft and copyedit written communication effectively such as memos, talking points, presentations and emails;
  • Excellent computer skills and comfort working with database programs, CRMs, etc.;
  • Solutions-oriented approach with strong analytical/reasoning skills;
  • Must be able to work proactively and independently, multi-task, and work under tight deadlines; and;
  • Dependability, diplomacy, strong organizational skills, and a sense of humor are necessary.

How to Apply: Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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