Program Manager Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning

Job Locations US-DC
Posted Date 3 months ago(11/16/2017 9:54 AM)
# of Openings
Health Financing


ThinkWell is a health systems development organization that is in a major growth phase.  Our focus is on driving transformation in the global health space through navigating pathways that will lead to more effective use of public and private resources in the health sector and ultimately better health for all.

The Program Manager position, based in our Washington DC office, will play a critical project management role in the Strategic Purchasing for Family Planning (SP4FP) program – a five-year program that aims to support countries in developing health financing strategies that use strategic purchasing to support the achievement of universal health coverage. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ThinkWell is working in collaboration with Marie Stopes International (MSI) to identify opportunities and co-design interventions with purchasers and policy makers in six countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Kenya, and 3 countries TBD) to more effectively purchase family planning.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing complex projects in low- and middle-income countries. The candidate will be prepared to work independently, and as part of a small, high level, distributed team. Open, frank, routine communication will be a priority, using calls as well as project team software to build a collaborative environment within the team.

Job Location: This is a full-time position to be based in our Washington, DC office.

Reports to: SP4FP Program Director


Support the Program Director to:

  1. Develop a program management plan and ensure effective implementation of the model to meet program objectives;
  2. Coordinate the execution of all programmatic workstreams and partner portfolios to manage the achievement of program objectives;
  3. Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of program work plans and related planning documents;
  4. Develop and roll out system and process improvements for operations of the program;
  5. Coordinate periodic reviews of program progress and redesign or redirect areas of work if they are not likely to achieve program objectives;
  6. Facilitate communication, engagement, and decision-making across a broad team and within and across the project countries. Manage appropriate communications platforms;
  7. Engage and manage relationships with the Steering Committee, funding organization, partners, subcontractors, and consultants;
  8. Promote the SP4P program at external meetings and forums in US, and engage in relevant networks ongoing for the purpose of learning, knowledge sharing, and ThinkWell visibility.
  9. Perform other responsibilities, such as planning meetings, coordinating schedules and travel, composing and preparing correspondence, and managing document sharing and knowledge capture;
  10. The incumbent will be expected to travel up to 25% of his/her time.


  1. Graduate in public health, public administration, business/management, business administration or equivalent fields;
  2. Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in a management consulting firm, bilateral or multilateral development agency, and/or global development NGO, with some of that experience managing operations for low- or middle-income country projects;
  3. Strong project and people manager, with a track record of designing operations and successfully implementing complex programs with multiple partners and workstreams;
  4. Expert level written and verbal communication skills;
  5. Fluent command of English; working proficiency in French is an asset; 
  6. Willingness to travel essential, including to low-income countries. 

Skills and Competencies

  1. Effective management of multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines;
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills, approachable management style, and ability to build relationships and forge compromises;
  3. Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability; 
  4. Strong skill set in coordinating and communicating with a virtual team;
  5. Ability to work in a lightly structured environment and effectively collaborate with remote team members; 
  6. Ability to effectively set priorities and handle competing time and resource demands;
  7. Ability to manage client expectations and deliver on client needs; 
  8. A combination of humility and confidence. 

To Apply

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