Policy & Partnership Manager (Francophone Africa)

Policy & Partnership Manager (Francophone Africa)




The PMFA is responsible for management (programmatic, financial, and administrative), and development of Ipas’s francophone Africa regional program. The PMFA will develop strategies, prepare and execute region-specific annual operational plans with a skilled, professional team that plans and implements a range of programs for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in line with the mission of Ipas. The PMFA operationalizes the Ipas Francophone Africa Strategic Plan, manages the annual work plan for the Regional Office (RO), provides capacity building and programmatic support to country programs. S/he manages the regional awards at the financial and programmatic level, is responsible for donor reporting and proposal development and provides high-level oversight to country specific operational plans. S/he ensures adherence to minimum standards; and assures quality of operations in line with Ipas’s long-term strategic goals and objectives. The PMFA will manage for results, valuing and rewarding high performance, accountability, efficiency and innovation, while keeping the beneficiaries at the heart of everything we do. In synergy with Ipas’s Africa Alliance program based in Kenya, and together with the Director Francophone Africa (DFA), the PMFA will build relationships and ensure strong collaboration with local governments, implementing partners, both at national and regional levels.

The PMFA is also responsible for research and innovation in the regions and to act as a critical thought leader that directs and designs regional research & innovations, develops country-level research and innovation initiatives and outputs and monitors the Ipas Francophone Africa Strategic Plan and regional knowledge base.


Business planning

  • Deliver on Ipas’s regional Francophone Africa Strategic Plan and design and deliver associated annual operational plans, and support country rollout of nested plans as needed, in line with Ipas’s global Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives;
  • Work closely with the North Carolina Office and the DFA to ensure growth plans for the region are integrated and supported throughout the organization.

Program management – Francophone Africa Regional Program

  • Ensure robust systems and processes are in place to support operations, drive productivity and deliver results, including the effective use of state-of-the-art program management processes and systems across the FA program;
  • Manage the regional FA awards at the financial, research, monitoring and evaluation (RME) and programmatic levels;
  • Monitors across projects, programs and awards to ensure FA program is delivered on scope, time and budget;
  • Ensure that programs across the region are working according to M&E plans and in accordance with strategic plan indicators and metrics, conducting regular review and analysis of M&E data and engaging with CO Program Managers and project teams to adjust plans to ensure teams are hitting targets towards SP
  • Support the development of annual workplans and conducts program analyses including use of monitoring data;
  • Hold review meetings to present programmatic, financial and M&E data to internal team, RO and Ipas Global in North Carolina at the FA program level;
  • Ensure compliance with Ipas organizational policies, procedures and guidelines across FA country programs (collectively, as an “FA program”);
  • Ensure full donor contractual compliance at every stage of the project cycle of all projects in the region, including sub-award agreements, across the FA program;
  • Responsible for completing minimum standards and governance documentation on a bi-yearly basis for the whole FA program cumulatively;
  • Collaborate with the Africa Program Support Team and in country staff regarding program implementation, activities and issues.

Program management support – Country Offices (CO)

  • Build capacity of Program Managers in other country programs and offices;
  • Conduct high-level review of country program donor reports, proposals and concept notes including associated budgets;
  • Assume the responsibilities of Program Manager in a CO where there is a vacancy and where Ipas has no CO yet.

Research and innovation

  • Promote evidence-based decision making and support research to better understand women and barriers to access;
  • Lead in the adoption of innovative solutions to improve effectiveness and efficiency of intervention models;
  • Ensure strong Research, Monitoring and Evaluation systems are set up and implemented for the Francophone Africa region;
  • External relations and resource mobilization;
  • Build and nurture strong relationships with governments, health professionals and institutions, businesses, media, policymakers, peer agencies, and communities;
  • Develop and implement new program development, leveraging the support of the Development unit;
  • Prepares donor proposal and report packages, including narrative descriptions, project work plans, budgets, financial reports, and indicators and deliverables data charts for the FA RO.

Finance and governance

  • Base strategic and annual operational plans on sound financial and statistical performance data;
  • Ensure strong financial management in line with Ipas’s financial compliance policies and award requirements, monitoring and sharing financial performance through regular reviews and follow on actions;
  • Regularly monitor financial performance and share results through regular reviews with The North Carolina Office for follow on action;
  • Ensure robust internal controls are in place and program adheres to donor contractual obligations;
  • Ensures that programs across the region are spending according to annual operational plans using financial management tools, conducting regular review and analysis of financial data at programmatic level and engaging with CO Program Managers and project teams to adjust plans, preparing explanations of variance for the full FA program.

Lead the team

  • Foster and embed a positive management culture and learning organization approach across the team;
  • Seek opportunities of learning between and across other country and regional programs in Africa and the broader partnership.



  • Typically requires a minimum of 10 years with project/portfolio/country management experience and previous experience as a country or regional manager for an international NGO. Experience in setting up or growing new country programs valued;
  • Must be familiar with women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, ideally in francophone West or Central Africa;
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully overseeing sector specific or multi-sector project management and implementation, ideally in francophone West or Central Africa;
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international in scope;
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent French and English, including extensive experience in using French in a professional context;
  • Experience operating in challenging environments;
  • Ability to travel up to 40%.

Applied Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others;
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district/state/national government officials, UN and other multilateral bodies and donor representatives;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices in project management, process development and program execution;
  • Deep program management experience in the francophone Africa region;
  • Excellent and demonstrated public relations, fundraising, policy, representation, and diplomacy skills required;
  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills;
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to strategize, plan, and manage resources for successful completion of projects;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French;
  • Ability to work independently.



  • Master’s Degree or higher (or its International Equivalent) in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

Certifications Preferred

  • Certification in project management. Qualification in Humanitarian action and/or Project Cycle Management and/or Monitoring & Evaluation.

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