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Senior Program Manager

Position : Senior Program Manager

Position Overview

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) seeks candidates for a full-time Senior Program Manager position. The candidate will provide general oversight of USG-funded project(s) in the areas of HO/FO operations and communication, procurement and compliance, and budgeting and financial reporting. Candidates should have advanced project management experience on USAID-funded projects, excellent oral and written communication skills, and an interest in guiding and mentoring junior staff working in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

Kaizen is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Kaizen implements projects both abroad and in the United States with partners such as USAID and the U.S. Department of State. Kaizen is an award-winning recognized leader within its field and more broadly. This includes being named USAID’s Small Business of the Year for 2017 and being given a World Changing Ideas Award from Fast Company. As a rapidly growing company, Kaizen earned a place among the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. Kaizen is led by a diverse group of leaders who have backgrounds leading development and private sector consulting companies. Their collective experience and vision provide a solid foundation for Kaizen’s continued rapid growth.

A team of creative and dedicated professionals drive the company’s success. Kaizen’s culture is energetic, collegial, and fun; and places strong emphasis on industry-leading performance at all levels. Team members thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment that is flexible and encourages innovation. Team members are awarded for their performance including seeing the direct impact of their work on lives and communities around the world. Kaizen provides the right opportunity for professionals looking to take their next step.

Illustrative responsibilities and qualifications for this position are listed below:


  • Oversee operational backstopping for a portfolio of projects (1-5 depending on size and scope) including budget management, financial and contractual compliance, personnel and subcontractor management, and liaising with the client and partners on operational issues
  • Attend regular meetings with Home Office, Field Office, and Sr. Leadership to ensure consistent strategic monitoring of projects
  • Supervise the development of necessary manuals, guidelines, and trainings based on the needs of the Program Management Unit (PMU)
  • Oversee monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting
  • Provide review and approval of contractual and administrative deliverables as needed
  • Contribute to and support program technical work, work plans, and M&E plans
  • Serve as acting Project Manager when needed
  • Contribute to select Kaizen strategic initiatives and projects including Kaizen's innovation design and testing activities, improving knowledge management and human resource development, and providing input into strategic decisions
  • Support Kaizen's proposal development efforts (as needed), including personnel recruitment, proposal coordination and management, writing sections of the technical proposal, preparing cost submissions including budgets, and liaising with partners
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  • Graduate degree and six years of directly relevant professional experience OR eight years of directly relevant experience, at least 2 of which include leading project management of large USAID-funded programs
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Experience overseeing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Familiarity of USAID/OTI programs a plus
  • Demonstrated capacity for managing multi-year program budgets, and familiarity with FAR, AIDAR and ability to learn other USG regulations that apply to Kaizen's current and upcoming initiatives 
  • Advanced knowledge of excel-based budgeting and financial reporting is required
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to travel 15-20%
  • Natural dedication to Kaizen’s Core Values, Vision, and Mission

Note: We may hire multiple candidates from this recruit, and may hire at different levels of seniority, based on candidate experience.

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Kaizen, a Tetra Tech company, offers an alternative approach to development. Kaizen's projects strengthen institutions and transform organizations in developing countries worldwide. Kaizen's services amplify the impact of many traditional donor assistance projects, and enable donors to reduce and eventually eliminate funding in targeted areas. Kaizen's services are unique in that they empower local entities to drive their own development efforts. Kaizen continues support for these efforts long after involvement in donor-assisted projects ends.

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Posted in 2024-01-05

Expired in 2024-03-05

This vacancy has been closed