Program Manager

Development Gateway

The Organization You Want to Work For

Development Gateway (DG) is an international nonprofit organization that creates innovative information management and data visualization technology, implements data-focused programs, and conducts research and evaluation to further sustainable development:

Our core focus areas are Resource Management (open contracting and procurement, aid management, and extractives); Effective Service Delivery (agriculture, health, data management systems, monitoring/evaluation/learning); and Data Strategy & Policy (including results data, data standards, and open data advocacy).

We are a creative and dynamic group of people based around the globe. We value hard work, innovative thinking, a commitment to teamwork, humility, and a good sense of humor.

Job Description

The Program Manager is responsible for managing client relationships and overseeing progress on large-scale projects (either multi-year, multi-country, and/or multi-million dollar). Our projects include (i) implementations of data management, visualization, and dissemination tools, (ii) evaluating and strengthening how individuals and organizations use data in their decision making, and (iii) applied research on how data and technology influence development and policy.

In this role, you will manage globally-situated programs, build relationships with partners, think strategically about long-term sustainability, support product innovation, and use an understanding of process and incentives to support data use. One of the main programs you oversee will be a multi-million dollar program that leads a public health research consortium in three African countries. A wide degree of creativity, latitude, and responsibility is expected, along with international travel up to 30% (as public health guidance allows).

The Work You Get To Do

  • Manage project teams providing technical expertise and/or IT tools to make using data easier for governments and international organizations.
  • Collaborate with partners and technical staff to ensure that project milestones are met on time, within budget, and done to client satisfaction.
  • Lead collaborative design and decision-making processes within project teams and with partners.
  • Work closely with clients to understand data use challenges and document technical needs.
  • Build relationships with national and subnational government ministries, CSOs, NGOs, and/or private sector partners to successfully enable data sharing and data use.
  • Manage program budgets, including allocating resources and leading financial reporting.
  • Make decisions on process improvements and strategic adjustments, to ensure project success. Proactively identify and address potential blockers and slowdowns, to keep projects on track.
  • Identify and develop new and follow-on business opportunities.
  • Provide oversight of team outputs, from both a strategic and quality perspective.

Must Have Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates from all academic majors encouraged to apply.
  • 7+ years experience in project management, technology development, data policy implementation, or another relevant field.
  • Experience managing projects in multiple geographies, including experience with completing projects on time, with high quality, and under budget.
  • Experience engaging with high-level stakeholders (for example, donors, government officials, or leadership at partner organizations) and of successfully managing client relationships.
  • Experience with budget management and basic financial processes.
  • Experience managing team members and providing clear, regular feedback. History and commitment toward leading and creating healthy team dynamics
  • History of working with diverse, remote team members in a global environment.
  • Experience using data; or supporting people and institutions to make better use of data; or developing effective processes to remove decision-making bottlenecks and promote impact.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and skills. Able to work independently, manage multiple workstreams, build relationships, and proactively solve problems.
  • Fluent in English. Strong writing skills, prioritizing clarity and accessibility.

Nice-to-have extras, but not required – please apply even without them:

  • Strongly preferred: Experience managing projects involving primary data collection (qualitative or quantitative)
  • A background in public health, agriculture and/or open government
  • Experience working directly with funders and/or government officials
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly French
  • Experience using project management tools for work planning, task management, and communication
  • Experience in design thinking; systems thinking; research design; or monitoring, evaluation, and learning

Application and Interview Process

To apply, please visit and click “Apply Now”. Please note that applications will close on Friday, September 30th. Candidates selected for a screening interview will be contacted by end of day Tuesday, October 11th.

The interview process is summarized below:

  • Round 1: 30 minute phone screen to learn about your background
  • Round 2: 1-hour panel interview (behavioral and situational questions)
  • Technical Assessment (including assessment of oral and written communication skills)
  • Round 3: 1-hour panel interview (behavioral and situational questions)

A final hiring decision will be made by November 8th.


The projected salary for this position is between $75,000 and $85,000 annually, plus benefits.


This position is based in the Washington, DC area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DG is currently working remotely with the option to work in the office. Prior to the pandemic, we had a hybrid work environment split between working remotely and working from our downtown office in the dynamic and just-renovated Open Gov Hub.

Please note that only those authorized to work in the United States may apply.

Equal Opportunity

Please note that only those authorized to work in the United States may apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and lived experience. We strongly encourage applications from people whose identities have historically been excluded in the sectors where DG works. DG does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to apply

Please visit this website and follow the application instructions:

Closing date: 10/14/2022