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The Program Manager, Kumasi is responsible for planning, executing, and closing city-level projects prioritized for the second cycle of the city engagement according to strict deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating efforts with other team members and maintaining excellent relationships with local experts, partners, and contractors to deliver projects according to the plans. The incumbent is expected to ensure timely delivery of project activities and oversee project quality control throughout its life cycle, through a participatory and inclusive approach with local stakeholders and the C/Can team. The Program Manager, Kumasi coordinates closely with the City Manager of Kumasi, the C/Can Global Team of Technical Cooperation and Capacity Development, Digital Health and Financing, Partnerships and Engagement, Communications, and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning to ensure the city process advances successfully, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Regional Director for Africa & Europe. The position will be hired initially for 1 year with the potential for longer-term engagement. The Program Manager is expected to be stationed in Kumasi, Ghana.

  • Minimum Qualification : Degree
  • Experience Level : Mid level
  • Experience Length : 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

About City Cancer Challenge

City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care.

The approach is built on the core principle that cities can drive impact at national level by crafting data-driven solutions with the support of a network of global, regional, and local partners that reflect an understanding of the unique local context.

C/Can was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It was established as a standalone Swiss Foundation in January 2019, and is now active in 15 cities around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Work in close collaboration with the Technical Cooperation and Capacity Development team, namely, the Programme Manager, Readiness and Technical Cooperation Manager, Global Breast Cancer Initiative,  for the roll-out of the city program.
  • Support administrative activities related to the city program as required, including expenditure compliance with C/Can policies.

Project planning and initiation:

  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be endorsed by local project teams and relevant C/Can team members.

Project execution:

  • Support and motivate local project teams on operational and city-related tasks to ensure timely and quality completion of projects, within scope and budget, and  in compliance with C/Can’s relevant policies (e.g. engagement framework, procurement and donations). 
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques.
  • Review, draft, edit and finalise documents to advance contracting of various local vendors, consultants or purchases required for the cities and the region. Ensure a process is defined, the C/Can templates are up to date and that available tools are used to their full potential.

Project monitoring, evaluation and reporting:

  • Monitor program risks, and produce program reports for managers and stakeholders
  • Track project performance using appropriate C/Can systems and tools for monitoring and evaluation, i.e. C/Can Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework.
  • Participate in global meetings for exchanges and to provide progress updates on the implementation and execution of city project plans.
  • Support the development of project communication materials, case studies, best practices and recommendations as required to foster knowledge-sharing and promote C/Can’s work for the region.


Selection Criteria

Required education and work experience

  • University degree in related health areas or business, management, development or social studies, finance/economics with strong knowledge of the health sector.
  • Project Management certification (e.g. CAPM, PMP or PRINCE II).
  • Proven working experience in a program management role with a minimum of 5 years of experience working in public health and/or other social sectors, preferably as part of national agencies and/or international organisations.
  • Broad understanding of healthcare systems; specific knowledge in oncology preferred but not required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • English is required.

 Required competences:

  • Project management: a high level of project management, managing complex multi-sectoral planning processes. Ability to manage deadlines and expectations.
  • Partnership management: awareness of stakeholders' interests and backgrounds, and ability to adapt to different working styles; inclination to reach out to work with others; facilitation; networking skills.
  • Negotiation and communication: communicates effectively across all levels of understanding and ability to communicate key messages and motivate. Generates consensus through their work.
  • Geopolitical awareness: in-depth knowledge and understanding of local social and political realities and dynamics, using appropriate strategies to create buy-in. Understanding of the healthcare system and how it integrates with policy development at national level
  • Personal effectiveness and mindset: proactively finds innovative and creative solutions, resilient and acts with integrity. Shows passion about C/Can’s mission and contributes to the reputation of C/Can in the city.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple tasks and multiple stakeholders.
  • Comfortable working with a global team located in different time zones.


How to apply

Kindly Note: Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: recruitment@citycancerchallenge.org.

Please ensure that all documents are sent as PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV”. Please put “Program Manager, Kumasi” in the email subject line. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is identified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Location: Kumasi

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary Range: Attractive

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