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DC Based International Program Manager Position


Dear Friends,

We are only a few days from the deadline for this position that  I am recruiting on behalf of IESC.  They seek a Program Manager to lead and coordinate operations from the home office for a large  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Afghanistan Capacity Building project.   Because the Program Manager will be based on Washington, DC,  the candidate must have US citizenship or hold an authorization to work in the US.  I have gotten some great applicants but want to send a final notice as I normally do before the closing of an important position.   If you no longer wish to receive these job alerts or want to change your subscription settings, please just click on “Manage My Subscriptions” at bottom of this message.


Title:   Program Manager

Location:  Washington, DC Office;  (may require travel to Afghanistan for a few weeks each year.)

Start Date:  Immediate… this is a full time position



 The International Executive Service Corps (IESC) is the prime implementer of USDA’s three-year, $36 million Capacity Building and Change Management Program with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), and Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA).  Begun at the end of 2010, the program supports the revitalization of Afghanistan’s agricultural sector via two primary program components 1) to modernize ministry operations and build a capable and effective ministry, and 2) create a grants management unit to increase the Ministry’s ability to manage international donor funds and assist farmers throughout Afghanistan.   The Program Manager will be based on Washington, DC and will work closely both with home office- and the Kabul-based field staff.



  1.  Provide support to the field office for finances, procurement, staffing and reporting;
  2.  Ensure program operations are managed according to and in compliance with the award and IESC policies and procedures.


Award Management

  •  Ensure all deliverables within an award or contract are completed or modified;
  • Coordinate documentation in support of the award as well as to comply with VEGA and IESC policies and procedures
  • Coordinate the documentation and procurement process for all program equipment.


Finance and Accounting

  •  Work with field to manage the program budget, including monitoring of the budget on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis;
  •  Compile information for quarterly accruals and other donor requests;
  •  Reconcile and approve all expense reports and vendor invoices.


Recruitment and Staffing

  • Oversee and engage in process of identifying, recruiting, and fielding volunteers and short-term technical assistance consultancies;
  •  Manage contracts for sub-recipient organizations;
  •  Work with field to ensure proper procurement and compliance for field based contracting activities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  •  Work with Field to complete work plans and performance monitoring plans;
  •  Oversee the submission of VEGA specific data tables on a semi-annual Basis;
  •  Ensure timely submission of reports to VEGA for submission to USDA;


  •   Collect, write and submit success stories and case studies to highlight program benefits;
  •  Attend and participate in informative events related to the subject  matter or region of a program for information sharing;


Additional Activities

  •  Ensure that all program documents are entered into IESC’s Databases on a regular basis;
  •  Provide program and business development support to IESC;
  •  Other duties as required.


  • Minimum 7 -10 years of prior experience managing complex international development programs is required
  •  Minimum 7 -10 years of Head office management experience of programs in Afghanistan or conflict environments is preferred
  •  Minimum 7 -10 years of Experience with and deep understanding of USAID and US Government regulations required
  •  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required
  •  Ability to provide technical leadership in a relevant area desirable
  •  Fluency in English required 
  • US citizenship or authorization to work in the US is required.


TO APPLY:  Please send CV, cover letter, and salary history to   with “Program Manager –Washington DC” in the subject line.


Deadline for Applications:   December 02, 2011


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Many Thanks,

Linda Aines

International Link Recruitment Services



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