Right to Play: Program Manager

JOB POSTING: “Program Manager, Palestinian Territories”

CLOSING DATE:                  April 21 , 2016 at 11.59 pm
DATE POSTED:                   April 11th , 2016

Organization:                        Right To Play International

Work location:            Ramallah,Palestine    

Authorized to Work in:                Palestine


Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 14,400 local volunteer Coaches.

Job Summary :
The Program Manager reports directly to Country Manager (CM) and technically to the Regional Program Manager (RPM), where applicable. The incumbent is responsible for the program development and implementation in the country of operation. 

Responsibilities & Tasks :

Job Responsibility #1 : Program strategic planning  (35%)

•    Leads the programmatic management of all in country projects.
•    Leads the design and development of program strategies and plans with the program team and ensures their alignment with RTP strategies.
•    Ensures the program team stays abreast of the current program goals and objectives and participates in the program expansion plans. 
•    Ensures the program teams are implementing program activities in line with donor requirements to achieve project outcomes.
•    Coordinates the preparation of timely and cost effective operational plans, budgets and strategic plans with the program team. 
•    Acts as advocacy manager ensuring that the program addresses the needs of the people and is appropriate for the respective country. 
•    Supports the CM in developing project proposals for new projects.

Job Responsibility # 2: Program quality, accountability and reporting (35%)

•    Maintains the existing process of monitoring and evaluation (ME) and reporting system of RTP. 
•    Oversees submission of proper accountabilities of program funds and quality narrative reports in line with donor requirements.
•    Provides quarterly updates of lessons learned and best practices to CM’s and stakeholders ensuring that program lessons are being used to promote improved program delivery.  
•    Conducts regular monitoring visits to project locations. 
     Job Responsibility # 3 : Program financial management (10%)

•    Coordinates with finance team to provide financial training for non-financial staff in effective country program financial management, including procurement, project implementation, compliances and project financial reporting.
•    Supports the budget planning processes to ensure that program funds are expended according to procedures and plans.
•    Collaborates with the program team and develops new initiatives to be integrated into the budget.  

   Job Responsibility # 4: Team management, compliances and capacity building (10%)

•    Communicates the program vision to the program team, leads and directs them toward achieving the program goals and objectives. 
•    Ensures that the program team have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; supported by clear job descriptions to ensure quality performance. 
•    Conducts program staffing needs assessment, presents recommendations to the CM and participates in the recruitment of the program team. 
•    Facilitates the capacity building of program team to ensure they have the appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their full capacity; provides the necessary feedback to the program team and completes their performance appraisals. 
•    Provides direct support to the program team in the form of systems and tools.
•    Implements policies and procedures that guide and support RTP activities, ensures compliance with RTP code of conduct, gender and child protection policies.
•    Develops and strengthens the program team’s understanding of project cycle management. 

Job Responsibility # 5: Representation and collaboration (5%)

•    Facilitates linkages, collaboration and networking with other civil society organizations and government and other relevant institutions to enhance RTP visibility and program activities.
•    Represents RTP in various platforms and maintains positive relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders regarding RTP activities.
•    Identifies and develops new partnerships with local NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the communities. 
•    Oversees the management of existing partnerships. 
•    Ensures ownership of the program by local partners and stakeholders. 
•    Meets with partners’ staff and community leaders to discuss program improvement as needed.
•    Joins the CM in meetings and represents him/her when required

  Performs other duties as assigned. (5%)


•    Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development studies or other related disciplines. 


•    5 to7 years’ experience in managing International development programs.
•    Proven experience in working with NGOs or/and INGOs.
•    Strong experience in resource mobilization, networking and partnership-building.
•    Strong training and facilitation skills; Background in adult education is preferred
•    Good communication and analytical skills, statistical knowledge
•    Proven experience in Results-based project management; including research and strategy, planning, and financial management
•    Proven experience in training and motivating staff;


•    Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task on a constant basis
•    Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leaders
•    Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast paced fluid environment
•    Creative and flexible with problem solving skills
•    Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy
•    Ability to confidently represent oneself and RTP to high level officials
•    Strategy planning skills
•    People management particularly coaching and influence management


•    Strong MS Office and program management tools and procedures
•    Budgetary control and financial management, including ability to read and understand financial data
•    Project management skills
•    Understanding of the concept of sport for development
•    Understanding of community development processes


•    Experience in quality improvement
•    Experience working in child protection, education sector
•    Sport and play experience
•    Experience in strengthening civil societies
•    Coaching background
•    Gender mainstreaming and governance background 


Fluency in written and spoken English and local languages.


Compensation:      We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date ,June  2016

Contract Duration:  Indeterminate

HOW TO APPLY:        

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: info@rtpmero.com  and kindly include the job title in the subject line.  Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

Applications from candidates authorized to work in Ramallah-Palestine will only be considered.

Right to play is a child- centerd organization.our recuriutement and selection procedures reflect our commitement to the saftety and protection of children in our programs. 

To learn more about who we are and what we do,please visit our website www.righttoplay.com 

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play - Human Resources Philosophy

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses the power of sport and play to improve the lives of children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.  We believe that all children have the right to play.  

Right To Play’s human resources philosophy reflects the spirit that drives the organization.  The philosophy influences the kind of people who are interested in working for us, the kind of people we recruit and how we treat our people.  

Right To Play’s culture is entrepreneurial, where employees are encouraged and empowered to perform in the context of rapid international growth, and to aim for the highest quality and adopt global best practices in delivering our programs.  

Our employees are global citizens who are passionate about improving the world we live in through value-based grassroots activities.  We work on the ground with and through people in the communities we serve to improve the lives of their children.  By having a constant presence in these communities and helping them develop the resources and skills they need to help themselves, we aim for sustainable, long-term development. 

To translate our vision into action, our philosophy for delivering our programs is “LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, LOOK AFTER ONE ANOTHER”.  Our employees are the backbone of this delivery, and the philosophy supports them by defining the desired outcomes of our human resources philosophy. This means that we pay competitive salaries, provide comprehensive benefits, encourage employee social events, provide development opportunities and a great work environment. 

We measure the success of this philosophy by indicators such as employee satisfaction surveys and staff turnover rate, as well as the overall success of Right To Play.