International Program Manager – Youth Empowerment Program

Location: Ottawa

Supervisor: Director of International Programs & Partnerships

Position Type: Full-Time, 1-year contract with possibility of renewal

Language: English

Salary: $75,000 – $80,000 annually

Job Requirement: Must be currently eligible to work in Canada

Closing date: January 27, 2023. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interview upon expression of interest. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, prior to closing date.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada is seeking an accomplished International Program Manager with a minimum of 5-years project management and program monitoring experience within an international development organization. The ideal candidate possesses experience with and a passion for youth programming and empowerment. Proven abilities in project management and supporting multiple stakeholders to achieve targets and deadlines are essential. This is a very collaborative role. The Program Manager will support the development of the implementation plan, chair regular project review meetings, assess progress, collaborate on course corrective actions as needed and prepare narratives for donor reporting. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that enable strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries sets you apart.


Founded in 1969, SOS Children’s Villages Canada is a member of the SOS Children’s Villages International federation. SOS Children’s Villages is dedicated to protecting children and advancing their rights in 137 countries and territories. We believe that children deserve more than just survival. They have a right to grow up in a safe and caring family environment, giving them the best chance of a secure future. Using a holistic approach, we work to empower vulnerable children, families, and communities to ensure children’s rights are met. Through programs focused on child protection, education, health, nutrition, women’s economic empowerment and humanitarian responses, SOS Children’s Villages serves over 1 million people annually.


SOS Children’s Villages Canada, in partnership with funders and key stakeholders, is developing a youth empowerment initiative to be implemented in SOS International program locations in East and South African regions (ESAF). The program mission is to provide under-served youth with the opportunity to develop the skills that are essential for independence and success as young adults. Implemented locally, programming will offer academic assistance, career guidance, experiential learning, skills training, and scholarship opportunities to participants.

The International Program Manager will support the formulation and implementation of the Youth Empowerment Program within the chosen countries. The role will collaborate with a counterpart Program Manager based in Nairobi and will support ESAF teams to ensure the successful rollout of the Program. Activities essential to this role include project design, project management, financial review and reporting, and progress report communications to the funder.

The ability to travel to Nairobi for a 1-week formulation workshop in March 2023 is a requirement of the position.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support the drafting of a detailed program proposal (including program tools) and preparation for program launch.
  • Support the program kick-off in late 2023/2024 in the implementing countries.
  • Convene and chair regular (monthly, quarterly) project meetings to discuss project and financial issues, disseminate minutes and follow up on action items.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of appropriate monitoring and evaluation plans in partnership with the ESAF Regional team.
  • Review and finalize narrative project reports in coordination with other team members and partners, ensuring reporting is submitted as per donor requirements.
  • Validate financial reports prepared by the country teams to ensure quality and compliance with contractual requirements, and SOS Children’s Villages policies and procedures.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to validate progress reports.
  • Flag issues of concern arising from program monitoring. Develop and follow-up on steering measures.
  • Support business development processes, including proposal development and project amendments.
  • Ensure organizational safeguarding, gender and environmental policies are promoted and applied across the program.
  • Represent SOS Children’s Villages Canada and the Youth Empowerment Program in internal and external forums, networks and donor events as requested.
  • Ensure proper communication flow between the implementing parties & stakeholders
  • Support the Programs and Partnerships team and other SOS Children’s Villages Canada projects as needed.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience working with an international development organisation on project management.
  • A degree/diploma in international or community development, education, project management, international studies, or a related field.
  • Experience managing a multi-year consortium project through different project life-cycle phases.
  • Experience with Results Based Management (RBM), children & youth programming, and gender sensitive programming.
  • Ability to review, analyze and synthesize information to produce high quality project documents, including donor reports.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries.
  • A passion for, and knowledge of, child-focused international development, child rights and youth empowerment.
  • Valid passport and ability to travel internationally (2 to 3 trips per year).
  • Available for travel in Nairobi in early March 2023.
  • Highly collaborative and service-driven working style.
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to work well with diverse external partners.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of safeguarding standards, best practices, and current thinking/trends regarding work with vulnerable children and young people.
  • Excellent English verbal and writing skills.
  • Experience managing project grants or drafting proposals from a range of sources (ex. Global Affairs Canada, foundations, corporations, and major donors) is a strong asset.

SOS Children’s Villages is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

We are committed to safeguarding children and adults in the communities where we work from deliberate and unintentional harm or abuse caused by SOS Children’s Villages staff. We have zero tolerance towards any behavior violating our Code of Conduct, including workplace violence, harassment and sexual harassment, any form of exploitation and abuse, corruption, and fraud. Offers of employment will be conditional upon satisfactory results of professional reference checks and provision of a Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Check.

** As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS Children’s Villages employees are working in a hybrid model partially from home. Due to the nature of the position, occasional presence in the office will be required.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $75,000.00-$80,000.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Paid time off
  • Work from home

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
Workplace health and safety COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in accordance with Ottawa Public Health guidelines.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Ottawa, ON: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • Do you possess a valid Canadian Passport and are you willing to travel internationally?
  • What is the earliest date you are available to commence employment?


  • DCS / DEC (preferred)


  • Project management: 5 years (required)
  • youth programming: 5 years (required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Ottawa, ON

Application deadline: 2023-01-27
Expected start date: 2023-02-06

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janvier 12, 2023

Date d’échéance:

janvier 27, 2023


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