Programme Manager at CBM

By | December 12, 2019


CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the world. CBM addresses disability as a cause and consequence of poverty, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.

Programme Manager


Overall Mission:


The Country Programme Manager will contribute to the successful delivery of the Country Plan by establishing strong capacity in project design, proposal development, effective project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and learning with CBM’s partner organisations. This role will build the capacity of the Country Office and partners’ project staff.

Main Tasks


  • Provide programmatic leadership in the development and implementation of the Country Plan, aligned with the Federation strategy.


  • Put in place an effective M&E framework to regularly measure progress on implementing the Country Plan, drawing and sharing lessons learned and applying adaptive management.


  • Support the Country Director in analyzing external trends, challenges and opportunities relevant to CBM’s disability inclusion focus and/or requiring a programmatic response by CBM, including disaster vulnerability, and share with internal stakeholders.


Partnership Management


  • Support the Country Director in maintaining strong partnerships and diversifying partnerships by identifying new partners in support of the Country Plan.
  • Organize and conduct initial and regularly updated organisational capacity assessments and/or partnership reviews, jointly develop plans to address capacity gaps, identify solutions, monitor implementation and document learning.
  • Support funding diversification strategies with partners and oversee the phase out of partnerships where agreed, through jointly prepared exit-plans with the partner

Programme / Project Management

Identify project opportunities with partners under CBM’s Country Plan and in line with national development plans. Lead on the rapid development of emergency response projects with partners in the event of natural or man-made disaster.

  •  Guide and coordinate joint project and/or multi-year planning processes with partners, CBM Initiatives/technical teams and Member Associations, ensuring the quality and sustainability of results in line with CBM and donor requirements.
  • Ensure high quality of project and programme plans with effective delivery and fulfilment of objectives and utilisation of budgets.
  • Support the reporting of partners in line with standards and donor requirements.
  • Facilitate input from technical experts into project development and implementation.
  • Support the Finance Manager in ensuring that partners and colleagues understand and respect CBM’s financial framework for project implementation.
  • Closely collaborate with the Finance Manager to ensure that programme and financial aspects of project design, budgeting and implementation go together, and that project monitoring and evaluation is comprehensive.

Advocacy, technical advice and representation

  • With the Country Director, promote the organization and its mission to local partners and authorities.
  • Represent CBM at relevant in-country meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Manage engagement with national alliances, partners and in particular DPOs to define and support national advocacy priorities.
  • Coordinate efforts to strengthen and support DPO organisations and movements.
  • Coordinate the delivery of DID technical advice in Disability Inclusive Development to government and other organizations, in alignment with the DID initiative and Country Plan.
  • Ensure effective vertical integration between community level project work and national and global advocacy work.

Communication and resource mobilisation

  • Monitor in-country calls for proposals from institutional donors and support the Country Director in building focused relationships with representatives of such donors and other NGOs with whom CBM can collaborate.
  • Work with partners to gather and share quality and timely project information and content to support CBM’s internal and external communication enabling Member Associations to demonstrate impact in their donor communication.

Team supervision

  • Manage and coach the CBM country programme staff, which includes: selection, job description updates, performance management, capacity development planning, work plans and follow up, delegation and motivation.


Education, Knowledge & Professional Experience

  • Relevant university degree in social sciences, international development or related field.
  • Professional experience of 10 years in a national or international NGO with a minimum of 5 years at senior level, with a track record in successfully designing and managing large inclusive development and/or humanitarian programmes in collaboration with national partners.
  • Experience in developing and managing large scale institutionally funded projects, including consortium led projects.
  • Proven experience in results-based management and project cycle management, including assessment, monitoring and evaluation, with a sound understanding of budgeting and programme finance management.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing internal and external relationships and partnerships particularly with national / local governments.
  • Experience in working with various government/bi-lateral/major institutional donors.
  • Experience of developing rights-based programmes and working with marginalized and excluded groups.
  • Proven skills in people and team management and coaching, with a focus on capacity development and performance management.
  • Ability to work diplomatically and with sensitivity with individuals from a variety of cultures, professions and personal backgrounds.
  • Advantage of lived experience with disability.
  • Experience of working with persons with disabilities or promoting disability rights a distinct advantage.
  • Commitment to CBM’s mission, vision and values.

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