Program Manager - Career Development

Riyadh /
Misk Foundation Programs – Misk Skills /
Job Purpose
To manage the development of a Portfolio of Projects in different stages of development within one distinct Program Are a in order to support Misk achieve one of its key objectives:
·       Identify, develop and nurture KSA’s top leaders
·       Develop professional talent in emerging sectors
·       Enable the launch and growth of youth-led Saudi startups
·       Foster youth-focused organizations and connect KSA youth with the world

Duties and Responsibilities

·        Develops the program strategy by translating the program area’s strategy into a coherent plan with identified key results and cascading it across the different projects
·      Works with Project Managers to define projects that best support business strategy and targets
·     Works with Project Managers and Partnership Manager to identify implementation partners

·      Suggests new ideas and projects that Project Managers may manage
·      Oversees the development and building of roadmap and work plan for each project in order to understand the activities, timeline, stakeholders involved etc.
·      Ensures proper collaboration between relevant Managers and internal/external partnerships as well as other service providers, in order to ensure effective integration and alignment while implementing the initiatives
·     Ensures there are proper processes for effective communication both internally and externally, regarding issues, objectives, initiatives, performances etc. in order to ensure information sharing and alignment with the plans and goals of initiatives
·    Monitors and evaluates the status of initiatives to identify discrepancies to agreed-upon plans, budgets, timelines etc.
·      Leads risk identification, evaluation and development of mitigation plans as appropriate to ensure adequate execution of initiatives
·     Acts as an escalation point to resolve issues and overcome challenges on initiatives
·     Monitors the performance of the contractors/suppliers to ensure compliance with the agreed contractual terms and conditions.
·     During peak time, supports project delivery as needed

·      Closely collaborates with Business Development team to identify suitable partners to support the delivery of the agreed-upon initiatives
·     Monitors the performance and effectiveness of partners and accordingly suggests new and or / removal of partners from the network

·       Collaborates with Marketing and Communication to ensure the initiatives receive the right level of communication and branding
·      Supports in drafting key messages to various marketing and communication campaigns to ensure the messages are customized to suit different stakeholder groups involved

·      Education
·   Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Education or any related field
·     Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferable
·      Language: English and Arabic language skills
·      At least 8 years in Project Management including at least 5 years in positions of progressively increasing managerial responsibilities
·        Experience with managing a portfolio of projects
·        Experience in respective program area is a plus
·        Ability to lead and work as a team
·        “Doer” – strong track record of implementation-focused work
·        Communication skills, both oral and verbal
·        Ability to take prompt and effective decisions
·        Strong problem-solving skills. Target orientation, drive for results and success, persistence despite obstacles and opposition
·        Negotiation skills
·      Driven by KPIs and measurable output
·      Good stakeholder management, both internally and externally