Program Manager

Phnom Penh, , KH


The Program Manager oversees a conservation-related program or project.  S/he manages a diverse set of activities and works to ensure that program outcomes and goals further Conservation International’s (CI’s) human development and conservation priorities.  Duties include developing and implementing program and conservation strategies, project management, technical oversight, monitoring and capacity building. The Program Manager ensures compliance with CI policies, program and funding agreements, and local requirements.

The Program Manger works across CI to build strong relationships to advance program initiatives.  S/he represents CI and works to build alliances with community and external stakeholders who are critical to program success.

The Program Manager supports the program’s financial well-being by playing a role in identifying program funding sources and developing and managing funding relationships with partners and prospects.  S/he works with program and HQ staff on proposals and funding initiatives.

This position is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, oversees project implementation and manages program and project staff, interdisciplinary teams, and/or outside partners working under the general direction from the Program Lead, Vittoria Elliott. 


  • Develop program implementation plan, strategies, objectives, work plans and metrics.
  • Oversee and implement program activities and manage technical and program staff.
  • Monitor, measure, and provide periodic progress and metric reports.
  • Ensure compliance with CI policies, funding agreements and local requirements.
  • Identify capacity building needs and support efforts to address capacity gaps.
  • Promote information sharing.  Build stakeholder understanding and support by developing fact sheets, statistics, and related communication materials.  Hold conferences, workshop meetings and other events to engage with project partners and share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues and other partners important to program success. 
  • Represent the organization externally and serve as a trusted point of contact for CI. 
  • Identify opportunities for program growth and development.
  • Support program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Partner with CI and HQ staff on funding proposals and contribute to regional/global fundraising efforts.
  •  Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Maintain the SciCap Fish Catch Monitoring Network (FCMN), Natural Resource Management Program (NRMP) and Mainstreaming NRM Project (MNRM).
  • Oversee the maintenance of the SciCap database and website.
  • Support the integration of the Mainstreaming NRM project outputs that complement the work of the overall NRMP.
  • Ensure coordination and support for the integration of MacArthur Science Cluster outputs to implementation through the FCMN, NRMP and MNRM.
  • Provide support and coordination with the CI-Cambodia field office.
  • Provide support and coordination with project partner, Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI), Fisheries Administration.
  • Represent the program interests on the Cambodian Technical Working Group for Fisheries and relevant sub-groups as assigned.
  • Support the generation of fisheries related project outputs including technical and peer-reviewed publications.


  • Directly supervise program and project staff, which will include overseeing the work of external project partners and consultants.
  • Manage the program’s budget and finances. 
  • Manage public or private funds; ensure compliance with donor requirements and CI policies.


  • Must be available to be based full-time in Cambodia
  • Occasional travel of 20% or more as needed to provinces and field sites.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.



  • Master’s Degree or higher in a relevant discipline and 4- 6 years or more related work experience. 
  • Program or project management experience, preferably in the conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to write technical and analytical reports.
  • Demonstrable ability using MS office, web interfaces and data-basing software
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • 2 or more years’ experience supervising others including multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse working groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders and raising funds.
  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities.  Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. 
  • Fluency in English required.


  • A good understanding of the Khmer language is an asset
  • Two or more years living and working in Cambodia an asset
  • Database development skills, web design and use of statistical software such as ‘R’ an asset