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Senior Program Manager

Population and Family Health

Senior Program Manager

  • 531022
  • Medical Center
  • Population and Family Health
  • Part Time
  • Opening on: Nov 11 2022
  • Grade 105
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary: NA
  • Hours Per Week: 20
  • Salary Range: $50,000 - $60,000

Position Summary

The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public seeks a part-time Senior Program Manager.  The incumbent will work half-time with the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network in the Program on Forced Migration and Health.  One of the first interdisciplinary, practice-based humanitarian research and educational programs offered by a major university, the Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH) at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health was established in 1998. The CPC Learning Network was established in 2005 as a mechanism to strengthen and systematize children’s care and protection in crisis and resource-challenged settings.

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will provide conceptual and organizational leadership to ongoing and future projects.  The incumbent will report to the faculty co-director of the CPC Learning Network and to the director of the PFMH.  The SPM will play a pivotal role in facilitating the CPC Learning Network’s ongoing strategizing while also contributing to ongoing projects.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting strategy discussions for the CPC Learning Network, including discussions among faculty and partners about the leadership structure and key priorities for future work.  As part of these strategy discussions, the Senior Program Manager will provide thought leadership on core themes to be explored, such as accountability in the global children’s rights space and the relationship between children’s rights, gender justice, and sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Authoring thought pieces, articles (including peer-reviewed), op-eds, strategy recommendations, or other documents on relevant themes, including children’s rights, accountability, gender justice, or other identified topics.  This Senior Program Manager will also including presenting the work of the CPC Learning Network publicly via conferences and seminars and organizing platforms for discussing implications of the work.
  • Support to ongoing projects.  Potential projects include:
    • Partnerships with key child well-being research institutes/think tanks in the Global South, including: PUSKAPA, the Center on Child Protection and Well-Being at the University of Indonesia; the AfriChild Centre for the Study of the African Child at Makerere University in Uganda; and the Imagina Center at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia; and
    • Technical support to World Bank to improve the Bank’s ability to prevent and to respond to child sexual exploitation and abuse in project sites.
  • Development of new initiatives in line with the strategy discussions and evolving partnerships referenced above.


  • Support ongoing projects-35%
  • Supporting strategy discussions-30%
  • Authoring thought pieces, articles-30%
  • Other related duties-5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree plus four years of related experience or the equivalent in education and experience 

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as public health, public policy or administration, sociology, law and diplomacy, child development, or a related field; 
  • Experience in child health, protection, well-being and development;
  • A demonstrated track record of humanitarian and policy research;
  • Demonstrated leadership in providing strategic guidance for organizational transitions; and
  • Expertise in child health, well-being, and development

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