Program Manager (African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership)

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Updated: January 18, 2018
Job ID: 212910
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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Established by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) works to lead, integrate and synchronize the University’s contributions to Department of Defense (DoD) global health engagement and national security objectives by providing a hub for GHE thought leadership and knowledge, strategic communications and outreach, operational support, research, and capability integration of education, training and planning. HJF provides direct scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CGHE.

The Program Manager will implement the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) which is designed to strengthen the capacity of African troop-contributing countries (TCC), specifically Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, and Ghana, to rapidly respond to emerging crises in Africa. Effectively responding to emerging crises before they threaten regional stability requires sustainable, rapid response peacekeeping capabilities in Africa. APRRP seeks to build the key military enablers: transportation, engineering, logistics, communications, and medical capabilities, to establish, operate, and sustain bases of operations in a deployed environment. CGHE will serve as the managing partner for training related to the development of medical capabilities and the Program Manager will be largely responsible for coordination among all stakeholders to include the APRRP team, potential and confirmed course instructors, the funding sponsor(s) and relevant in-country points of contact.          

The incumbent Program Manager is responsible for providing subject matter knowledge/expertise, management, and administrative support to the Principal Investigator, Programs and Joint Force Support (PJFS) Division Director and Senior Manager, Programs and Partnerships in order to maximize the use of program resources and outcomes. Areas of focus include engagement activity planning, coordination, and execution; stakeholder communication and management; direction of assessment, monitoring, and evaluation efforts; quality control of processes and outcome; and facilitation of meeting/training. As required, the incumbent will support/guide the APRRP Training Coordinator and Conference Manager to accomplish assigned tasks and program requirements. 


  1. Coordinates and manages required actions and reporting for APRRP projects (engagement activities);
  2. Oversees course curriculum development and revision efforts
  3. Develops and tracks program proposals, Statements of Work and budgets, including completion of all related USU and HJF-required forms;
  4. Develops project (engagement activity) timelines; monitors timeline status; 
  5. Facilitates weekly APRRP team meetings and conference calls with the funding sponsors (U.S. Africa Command, US Department of State), as needed;
  6. Manages weekly due outs/deliverables;
  7. Ensures meeting notes and summary documents are compiled and disseminated following meetings and coordinating activities;
  8. Manages the scheduling and coordination of key personnel and stakeholders for meetings and coordination activities;
  9. Identifies/coordinates travel team members; monitors travel processes;
  10. Acts as the primary point of contact for stakeholder and partner country communication;
  11. Monitors and responds to project (engagement activity) inquiries and prepares correspondence for partners;
  12. Manages and conducts program data collection and analysis;
  13. Contributes subject matter knowledge/expertise to APRRP projects and products; 
  14. Manages the document development and review process and provides for quality control of APRRP products;
  15. Facilitates discussions and activities to meet program goals and objectives; and
  16. Supports other CGHE activities as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of U.S. government and academic grant-related work and compliance/reporting requirements;
  2. Knowledge of USU and HJF grant administrative processes;
  3. Knowledge of public health and international development/engagement issues; 
  4. Knowledge of Africa and issues effecting development in Africa; 
  5. Knowledge of HJF, Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State (DoS) travel procedures, processes, and restrictions;
  6. Knowledge of DoS, DoD and US Embassy organizational structures, policies, and strategies;
  7. Interpersonal skills to include the ability to work with senior officials;
  8. Skill and ability to develop and maintain personal and professional relationships;
  9. Knowledge of cross-cultural, cross-language communication principles and ability/skill to communicate via multiple forms of media;
  10. Ability to use sound judgment to solve problems and select courses of action; 
  11. Knowledge of budgeting and program/project management principles and methods; 
  12. Ability/skill to conduct research and collect, and analyze data and information;
  13. Ability/skill to apply planning and monitoring methods to programs and projects;
  14. Ability/skill to utilize Microsoft Office and other pertinent software packages;
  15. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment; and
  16. Ability to travel internationally and function in cross-cultural settings to include austere environments (up to 25%).

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in a related subject:  Management, Public Health, International Affairs or Relations, Emergency/Disaster Management or Public Policy.

Minimum Experience/Education/Qualifications4-6 years related experience. English fluency; French language proficiency a plus. International work experience.

Physical Capabilities:  Requires occasional lengthy travel by land, air, and water, to austere environments and the ability to lift and carry moderate to heavy weight objects (up to 75lbs). 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Works under the direct supervision of the Senior Manager, Programs and Partnerships with regular programmatic and technical guidance from the Principal Investigator. The incumbent will supervise the work of both the APRRP Training Coordinator and Conference Manager. Work is evaluated in accordance with Henry M. Jackson Foundation Policy including, but not limited to, results achieved towards established goals and requirements, effectiveness, timeliness, application of sound business practices, and efficient use of resources.  

Work Environment:  Office environment with occasional international travel to austere locations will likely be required. Program execution occasionally requires work in the early mornings, evenings, and on weekends.  

Other: Selected applicant must be able to pass a Common Access Card (CAC) background.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums require the approval of the Director of Human Resources.