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Programme Manager, Roving Team

About CBM

CBM is an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. They work in partnership to create an inclusive society for all. The emphasis throughout CBM’s work is on local capacity development in poorer regions. This contributes to increasing access and delivery of services in healthcare, education, rehabilitation, and livelihood development, as well as organisational development of partner organisations.

About the Role

This position will be a roving team role. The Programme Manager (PM) will be hosted by the Country Office looking to launch a major multi-year Inclusive Eye Health Initiative (IEHI) Legally Contracted Donor Fund (LCDF) project. The PM will be stationed at the Country Office for up to 12 months to start the project. After that, they will be integrated into IEHI directly or the Regional Hub for strategic work until they are required to be redeployed to another Country Office for another LCDF.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Planning

  • Prepare TOR, plan, organise for (including building teams) and conduct the scoping activities to confirm the new areas’ needs and potential for development.
  • Meet with potential partners for partner assessment, final selection and mutual agreement, leading to (continued with) the preparation and signing of an MOU with the partner(s) after relevant authorities approve the project multi-year plan at CBM.
  • Plan and conduct a multi-stakeholder planning workshop for finalising the logical project framework and related aspects required for the development of a multi-year project plan.
  • In collaboration with relevant CBM stakeholders, assist the selected partner in writing the new project multi-year plan, including the budget/cost plan.
  • Proactively communicate with the partner to ensure that all preparatory steps for starting new projects have been done ahead of the start date of the project implementation. These should include but are not limited to recruiting qualified staff, developing clear job descriptions, and developing a monitoring system (later on).
  • Ensure that the partner(s)’ new project staff are properly oriented or trained for a clear and comprehensive understanding of the project.
  • Provide the partner with a comprehensive understanding of CBM reporting systems for both programme and finance. Emphasis should be given to accountability.

Project Implementation

  • Develop scheduled communication (verbal and written) with partners regarding the status of implementation of project activities and act accordingly to help and facilitate the resolution of all problems as they occur. All important communications should be documented in writing for reference.
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits as per CBM’s standards. 
  • Provide constructive and quality feedback to partners if and when necessary. 
  • Be critical when conducting monitoring visits (during deployment) on issues related to the appropriateness of activities and approaches used by partners, such as those affecting sustainability, child safeguarding, gender issues, etc.


  • Record all results and analysis of project monitoring results/data stored at the project level by partners, with important/ strategic findings (lessons learned, best practices, evidence base) also stored at the CBM office. 
  • All project monitoring data should be easily accessible in project evaluations and for evidence to be used in national-level advocacy and alliance-building. 
  • Regularly check and review project documentation by partners. 

Quality Management

  • Ensure that processes and procedures organisationally and at an individual project staff level meet the project requirements for proper quality management and implementation of activities/interventions of the projects.
  • Ensure that principles and practice of disability-inclusive development are woven through the design and implementation of the projects. Identify needs and implement training and capacity development measures as appropriate and in conjunction with partners.

Achieving results 

  • Develop contacts with as many as possible relevant external parties to develop a network and alliances.
  • Assist partners in planning and organising seminars exposing projects’ successes and positive results supported by evidence, inviting relevant district, provincial and national levels of government offices and other players. 
  • Conduct scheduled evaluations and share results accordingly for advocacy purposes.
  • Ensure project staff are provided with the necessary guidance and supervision as to what they should do related to the implementation of projects by the partners, including partners’ capacity building through:
    • Regular coaching and mentoring
    • Annual performance feedback
    • Development of capacity development needs


  • Ensure relevant new knowledge, project lessons, and other learnings are internalised, documented, and shared with relevant CBM colleagues and partners to make CBM a learning organisation.

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant academic degree or further qualification in public health, International Development, sociology, etc.
  • Very good understanding of principles in monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.
  • Experience in project design, monitoring, review, and evaluation and applying this information to programme quality improvements.
  • Experience in evaluation and strengthening of quality and effectiveness systems.
  • Knowledge and application of basic research methodologies – both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Good people management and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain strong cross-cultural professional relationships.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities and the disability-inclusive development sector is a considerable advantage.
  • Excellent personal and public communication and negotiation skills with all types and levels of stakeholders.
  • Good training and/or tutoring skills both individually and in groups.
  • Understanding of all widely followed programming principles and priorities.
  • Understanding CBM’s programming and budgeting system and procedures, including reporting, will be advantageous.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Ability to take the initiative, multi-task, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to research, analyse data and provide recommendations.
  • Very good representation and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to foster teamwork with intercultural competence and sensitivity.
  • Proven organisational and coordination skills as well as a high level of autonomy and flexibility. 
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours when necessary.
  • Willingness to commit and adhere to CBM’s values and Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Experience working in roving/travelling project teams in humanitarian/international development/global health contexts.