Senior Project Manager - Inclusive Economic Growth

02-60000-Program · Chicago, Illinois
Department 02-60000-Program
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Position:         Senior Project Manager                           

Project:           Inclusive Economic Growth – Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in Sub-Saharan Africa

Location:        Remote. Work out of South Africa preferred, or U.S. East Coast, Malawi, Zambia

Reporting to:  Strategic Advisor for Bicycle Mobility, based in Cape Town, South Africa


About the Project

Through Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in sub-Saharan Africa, World Bicycle Relief (WBR), a global leader in rural bicycle transport, anticipates receiving a five-year grant from USAID to conduct research and implement pilots to increase access to and uptake of fit-for-purpose bicycles.

Over 18 months, WBR and partner J.E Austin Associates (JAA) will assess the market system for bicycles in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Based on assessment results, over 3.5 years WBR and JAA will co-design multiple pilot activities for implementation in two countries—in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders—to test, measure, iterate, and demonstrate the means to rapidly increase bicycle uptake for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to transport.

About WBR

WBR uses an innovative business model to create sustainable bicycle ecosystems. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that owns 100% of Buffalo Bicycle Limited, a for-profit social enterprise operating in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Colombia with assembly and distribution warehouses, spare parts supply chains, and networks of trained local mechanics. Through WBR’s 501(c)3, we provide transport solutions to those who cannot afford them, and through Buffalo Bicycle Limited, we sell the rugged Buffalo Bicycle and spare parts. Buffalo Bicycle Limited also offers users repair and maintenance services via a retail network of shops and local mechanics. WBR has distributed over 560,000 fit-for-purpose bicycles and trained 2,500+ community-based mechanics. Girls with Buffalo Bicycles are 19% less likely to drop out of school; dairy farmers earn 23% more income, and health workers reach 88% more patients.


About the Position

WBR seeks a part-time Senior Project Manager for Improving Bicycle Availability and Uptake for Mobility in sub-Saharan Africa to support WBR field activities and serve as coordinator across the project’s geographies, teams, and organizations.

  • The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for coordination, management, and execution of day-to-day project tasks (75% time).
  • The Senior Program Manager will collaborate extensively with WBR’s Lead Technical Consultant for Bicycle Mobility and Research Manager, as well as JAA. S/he will also work closely with WBR’s field staff and local partners (15%).
  • S/he will provide leadership to support, monitor, and report on completion of project tasks, performance, and compliance requirements (10%).

The funded position is part-time with 50% level of effort in Year 1 and 40% in Years 2 to 5. While the position is remote based, the ideal candidate would be based in South Africa to be within the same time zone as most project activities. We are looking for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who has a passion for market-led solutions to poverty and accelerating people’s access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

The position will exercise significant autonomy in the execution of tasks and requires previous experience in project management of USAID activities.


  • Manage day-to-day support for project tasks, such as communications, liaison with partners, logistics, and deliverable/milestone coordination
  • Liaise and coordinate with JAA, local convening partners, local research partners, other field-based stakeholders, and WBR’s technical and support teams. May require some coordination with USAID Missions
  • Track project milestones and payments, including tracking pipeline of upcoming deliverables, compiling financial outlays (for internal management purposes), and managing repository for project documents
  • Support WBR staff responsible for M&E and technical deliverable development
  • Identify challenges and potential issues to meeting project goals. Propose solutions to address risks
  • Where appropriate, review and provide comments on project deliverables



  • 4+ years of project management experience for a USAID activity, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including support for field activities, budget tracking, compliance, and client knowledge
  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, international relations, or related field.
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative mindset to complement an adaptive, innovative, entrepreneurial, and driven WBR team
  • Strong coordination and management skills, including a successful track record of managing multiple high priority workstreams and delivering results
  • Strong understanding of USAID requirements and how to apply them to project management
  • Familiarity with economic growth sector and programming
  • A collaborative team mentality, “can do” spirit, and ability to adapt to fluid project environment
  • Some flexibility in availability of part-time position, which may require periods of more intense work, followed by periods of more moderate levels of effort
  • Remote position
    • Preferred location in South Africa (the location of much of WBR’s technical team)
    • WBR presence countries of Malawi and Zambia—where the project will conduct assessments and potentially pilot activities—are also acceptable
    • U.S. East Coast based individuals with the right mix of experience and skills will also be considered

Interested, qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and application by September 17, 2021. 

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