Program Manager - Washington, D.C.


Program management/technical/backstopping responsibility of grant- and contract-funded projects from a range of government, institutional, corporate, and foundation donors. This position works with the Business Development team to ensure technical quality of all World Council bids and proposals as well as contributing to the overall technical design of the proposals to government, institutional, corporate, and foundation donors. Additional responsibilities include performing research and documentation, representing World Council at conferences/events and working closely with the communications department to document credit union technical programs and promote World Council technical program impact.


  1. Project Management (70%)
    • Manage multi-year grant- and contract-funded projects, including providing technical and project management support for the assessment, management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and compliance with donor rules and regulations
    • Identify project monitoring and evaluation needs on field programs and document and communicate effective practice and program impact related to World Council programs
    • Promote program quality by identifying technical needs and coordinating the necessary technical assistance
    • Represent World Council to donors, partner organizations, government and the private sector, when requested
    • Present results of implementation at international conferences and through international working groups
    • Participate in the development of organizational processes and procedures to ensure efficient operations of program implementation, execution and close-out
    • Participate in the development of funding proposals related to their areas of expertise
  2. Business Development (20%)
    • Assist with the identification of potential business opportunities
    • Support Business development team to fulfill donors' information requests
    • Work in collaboration with the Business Development team on program design
    • Provide technical input into bids and proposals based on priorities and strategies
  3. Communications (10%)
    • Work in partnership with the communications department to document World Council successes and market World Council to donors


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: BA/BS Degree in business, finance, banking or economics or related field or equivalent training and experience. Advanced degree in related field desired. At least five (5) years of experience managing international development programs, preferably with a focus in economic growth and an additional two (2) years of business development experience in economic growth (e.g. micro-finance), food security, health, and/or other international development programs. Knowledge of USAID required; experience with other funders (e.g., USDA, UN, Gates) desired. Familiarity with credit unions, micro-finance, rural finance desired. MA in international economics or related field desired.

Experience to include:

  • Proven experience in the economic growth field with preference for strong practical experience in a developing country
  • Experience in the management or backstopping of multi-year grant- and contract-funded projects
  • Experience and/or demonstrable knowledge of key economic growth best-practices and approaches
  • Excellent representation, planning, and management skills

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to interact closely with field-based managerial and business development staff and maintain good working relationships within and outside of the organization. Ability to work as a team player towards organizational goals and objectives.

Language Skills: Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required; French, Spanish or Arabic language fluency (spoken and written) desired. Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively; proficient in use of English grammar and punctuation. Writing sample will be requested.

Mathematical Skills: Intermediate mathematical skills required including ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

Reasoning Skills: Strong reasoning skills required, including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to multitask, and manage successful projects. Ability to work independently and demonstrate excellent attention to detail. Work effectively by self-direction.

Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications and Internet utilization.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, including extreme heat and/or cold, and working in unusual places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit (occasionally for extended periods of time), including on extending periods of travel. The employee is frequently required to talk, hear, reach and stand; rarely required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee will be required to travel to difficult places where amenities may be limited.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES: PMP certification desired.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position may supervise LTE, short-term technical consultants and others associated with program implementation.

TRAVEL: Up to 90 days per year including both domestic and international travel.

LOCATION: Washington, DC.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deems necessary.

Qualified applicants may forward resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to:
World Council of Credit Unions-Program Manager
Fax: (608) 338-0533
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