Program Manager Food Security

Counterpart International
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 09

Position description

We are seeking a full-time Program Manager (PM) to work closely with the Director of Food Security (DFS) to provide technical guidance and oversee operations of Counterpart’s portfolio of donor-funded Food Security, Education, and Nutrition projects. 

Along with the DFS, PMs plays an important role in portfolio growth, including leading new business development and portfolio growth initiatives.


  • Serves as principal donor contact for a selected portfolio of projects.
  • Provide program technical leadership, strategic planning, management and quality control to support the implementation of projects within budget, established time frames, standards of quality, and donor satisfaction.
  • Support the development and implementation of annual work plans. Support the field team in establishing programmatic targets, collecting and maintaining program monitoring records, and writing program and financial reports.
  • Support, monitor and evaluate program performance through regular tracking of financial and programmatic reports, M&E data, and communication with the field teams.
  • Collaborate with the PSU and other relevant departments in project startup and closedown activities.
  • Monitor program finances and monthly pipelines, and provide guidance to field teams concerning program expenditures, and budget projections working closely with the PSU and HQ Finance Officer and field grants and finance managers.
  • Coordinate the process of hiring consultants, overseeing performance to ensure contractual compliance. Working closely with PSU on deliverable management.
  • Review and evaluate program work plans, program performance and evaluation plans; ensure their timely implementation.
  • Review and evaluate quarterly and final program reports.
  • Participates in strategy development and implementation for the Food Security pillar.
  • Monitors donor funding opportunities in Counterpart’s target technical areas in close collaboration with the New Business Development team, providing advice on go and no-go decisions.
  • Serves as Proposal Manager, managing proposal teams, timelines, development, and submission.
  • Serves as Proposal Manager or Reviewer in some cases, providing direction, advice, and coordination at the tactical level for cross-functional proposal development teams.
  • Oversees project budget management, analyzes and provides solutions to issues on project budget and project financial performance and provides regular reporting to project team and senior management, as required, including monthly reports.
  • Supports budget modification process by working with PMs, COPs, PSU, Finance, and GCC.
  • Approves the issuance of high value purchase orders, independent consultant agreements, and subawardee/subcontractor invoice payments.
  • Ensures projects are using up-to-date HR field handbooks and identifies and coordinates any changes needed to handbooks based on changing requirements or circumstances.
  • Oversees the monitoring of benefit allowances for Expats and TCNs.
  • Ensures use of HR legal services in the field and coordinates with HQ HR on any field HR issues.
  • Participates in recruitment, resource planning, supervisory meetings, goals planning, and mid-year and annual performance reviews for staff they supervise and oversee.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Agriculture, Education, Nutrition or related technical field or equivalent experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in operational management positions. Previous work experience food security, nutrition, and/or education programs preferred. Work experience in developing countries preferred.
  • Proven track record of strategic thinking and problem solving.
  • Ability to facilitate, mentor and lead.
  • Strong written, verbal, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Experience working on complex programs with multiple components in fragile environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage partner relationships (sub-grantees, institutional partnerships.)
  • Ability to communicate effectively to create consensus and find common solutions in inter-cultural settings.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in French, Spanish or Portuguese is preferred.
  • Alignment with Counterpart’s values.

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