Program Manager (or Senior Program Manager), depending on experience and expertise

Employer: Economic Growth Center at Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT, USA or Remote

Employment Type: Consultant, Part-time or Full-Time (potential to convert to staff position for New Haven-based)


The Economic Growth Center (EGC) is Yale’s hub for research and teaching on international development and trade.  Founded in 1961 as the first research center in a major US university focused on the quantitative study of lower-income economies, EGC aims to leverage economics research and data-driven insights for equitable development.  EGC is now seeking a Program Manager or Senior Program Manager to facilitate the development and execution of research projects and related policy engagement activities led by faculty affiliates of EGC and Inclusion Economics at Yale University (YIE), a joint initiative with the Yale Macmillan Center. The Program Manager will provide hands-on project management, financial and operational support for a set of activities based at Yale, but operating in close collaboration with other research institutions, in the U.S. and abroad, particularly Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR and Inclusion Economics Nepal at Governance Lab. Responsibilities may include stakeholder coordination, project planning and management, relationship management with partner institutions, and grant management.


The scope of responsibility of the Program Manager will depend on the skills and time availability of the selected candidate.  Potential responsibilities include

Project Management

  • Drive forward project and organizational objectives to achieve goals in mutually agreed upon timelines, soliciting and synthesizing inputs from a range of team members, collaborators and partners, as needed
  • Ensure that processes and policies across US-based and international teams are in place and being followed to ensure high-quality research administration, including on budgeting, spending, operations and reporting
  • Problem solve with team members, external vendors and other collaborators to ensure project goals are met
  • Track and provide updates to relevant teams on the status of project activities and deliverables
  • Provide support on protocols for the responsible use of human subjects in research, including coordinating and/or conducting compliance checks among relevant research teams.

Financial and Grant Management

  • Lead or support the development of grant proposals and budgets, including coordination of compiling proposal components to ensure a coherent proposal according to funder timelines and requirements, coordinating with subcontractors and counterparts for grant submissions and providing concrete guidance to affiliated country teams
  • Managing grants once awarded, including partnership management, financial management, communications and ensuring compliance with grant requirements

  • Manage timelines, completion and submission of grant reports and other deliverables by drafting, revising and submitting required materials to donors, coordinating inputs from others and ensuring deadlines are met across the team

  • Track grant and overall study and portfolio financials, including highlighting potential shortfalls, facilitating team decision-making, following up with relevant team personnel to ensure spending remains on track with set plans and advising on overall financial strategy

Bolster Strategic Partnerships

  • Support partnership strategies to engage local, national and international stakeholders (e.g. government, universities, think tanks and international development partners)
  • Collaborate with Inclusion Economics and management of affiliated offices to strengthen strategic partnerships for sustained impact of the organization

External Communications

  • Draft, review/revise and/or contribute content for communication materials (website, policy briefs, etc), and grant proposals and reports
  • Contribute to grant and organization-related branding and other public materials

  • Manage organization and delivery of events (e.g., symposiums, conferences) to ensure high quality implementation and effective stakeholder engagement

  • Coordinate with senior staff, communication team and internal stakeholders at all levels to support public events such as policy dialogues, roundtables, and research seminars in order to effectively communicate research and policy insights. 

Other related tasks, as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.

  • 2 to 6 years of management experience in international development or related field

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 

  • Skills in grant writing, project reporting and communications

  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and propose solutions in a timely manner with minimal supervision

  • Strong and demonstrated ability to manage financial resources and balance budgets for projects

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Capacity to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to interact and work closely with a wide range of individuals ranging from Research Associates to academics, donors, research institutions, etc.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in related field with at least 4 years of international project management experience

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a single PDF containing your resume and cover letter to  Label your file “Last name, First name – Program Manager Consultant - Yale”.

Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics.