Program Manager (East Africa)

For opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa, CDM Smith is searching for highly qualified Program/Executive Managers with significant experience managing implementation of large-scale, multi-faceted water, sanitation and water resources infrastructure projects in urban and rural settings of developing countries, with a preference for candidates with experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and practical knowledge of international transboundary water initiatives and national and regional water, wastewater and water resources plans.

  • Provide strategic direction and overall management for program and individual sub-projects
  • Manage  for quality deliverables and full compliance with contract scope, schedule and budget
  • Serve as main point of contact with client and key stakeholders, including ministries and regulatory authorities and, as appropriate, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities
  • Assure compliance with work plans and all reporting requirements
  • Lead team adherence to CDM Smith’s quality and anti-corruption policies
  • Oversee delivery of training and technical assistance programs for capacity building if required
  • Manage team resources (human and physical assets), including timely reporting of human resource issues as necessary
  • Oversee the setup and adherence to required team policies and procedures
  • Manage and provide guidance to all staff including sub-consultants and sub-contractors for consistency, quality and timeliness of services provided
  • Monitor progress of program activities, including organizational strengths and weaknesses, taking corrective actions as required
  • Participate in client meetings and events, and prepare and make presentations as required
  • Establish and manage program-level document control systems, including management information systems (program controls specialists)

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as engineering and construction management; master’s degree preferred
  • Professional qualification, such as Chartered Engineer, Professional Engineer, Program Management Professional, etc.
  • At least ten (10) years demonstrable experience in a leadership position, at least five (5) of which are in program management and delivery of infrastructure, preferably in developing countries
  • At least three (3) assignments in long-term (>1 year) management position, with a preference for programs and projects in developing countries
  • At least 2 assignments on infrastructure programs with a capital value greater than $100M, with a preference for assignments in developing countries
  • Skilled in human resources management and leadership development and able to work in multi-cultural and complex political settings
  • Experience in procurement/tendering, contract administration and claims management,  particularly with FIDIC-based contracts
  • Experience working with government institutions, with a strong preference for those in developing countries and in Sub-Saharan Africa in particular
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in planning, monitoring and evaluation and reporting in multiple project environments and in the context of donor-funded development projects and programs.
  • Experience with projects and programs funded by multilateral development banks, such as the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank and World Bank, and by bilateral donors, including AFD, DFID, GIZ/KfW, JICA, MCC and USAID among others
  • Experience with quality management systems and procedures
  • Facile with financial management, including budgeting, budget tracking and financial reporting
  • Working knowledge of environmental management, health and safety, social inclusion and gender integration in construction activities is highly desirable
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English (Level 5 required)
  • Proficiency in local languages, e.g. Bantu, Zulu, Swahili, is preferred but not required

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