Project Manager Program
Our Project Manager roles are designed for people who seek a platform for impact, and who want to experience serious professional growth through an intensive field-based experience.
We will challenge you to discover and fulfill your potential
We trust our Project Managers with major responsibilities that challenge and hone their leadership and management skills.
As part of SID, you may spearhead hiring and capacity building activities, government and NGO partnership development, program evaluation and re-design, market research, long-term strategic planning, and other complex management functions that create significant value to the programs we implement alongside our partner charities.
You may be trusted with the design and implementation of entirely new program components or initiatives, effectively acting as a project co-founder alongside community leaders.
Five Stages of the Program – In Depth
Project Managers participate in the full cycle of community development, involving planning, resource development, implementation, capacity-building, and hand-over. This full-cycle approach is meant to maximize your learning and your impact, both with us, and in the years to come.
1. Pre-departure Learning
SID offers a comprehensive pre-departure learning package which can be completed on-line for access world-wide. Our package includes a mixture of audio lessons, internally authored readings and manuals, external readings, quizzes, and case studies. Topics include: project management tools and principles, conflict resolution strategies, field-based accounting, contract-writing, resource development, health and safety abroad, community politics and government, needs assessments, cultural competency, and professional ethics. Each member’s curriculum and reading list is tailored to their specific project or internship.
2. Resource Development
Attracting resources, partnerships, and financial support is a key responsibility and highly valued skill for senior managers in the international development sector. Project Managers will receive resources and coaching to help raise funding for their projects, whether by soliciting donations to SID’s partner charities (tax deductible), and/or by contributing to larger grant-writing efforts or outreach to sponsoring church groups, schools, etc. SID alumni have secured dozens of project grants in the past, ranging in size from $1,000 to $40,000. You may surprise yourself with what you can accomplish!
3. Field-based Orientation and Support
A full-time Coordinator is located in-country to organize the logistics of team members’ arrivals, accommodations and orientation activities. Orientation activities include team-building, household and neighborhood orientation, budgeting and banking, local transport systems, phone and IT set-up, and project planning. We endeavor to make this interesting through creative hands-on activities and challenges. The coordinator also organizes team meetings, team social events, capstone activities and post-project debriefs.
Your days will be packed. The learning curve is steep, rewarding, and multi-dimensional. You will deploy the full force of your brain and your training to problem-solve, convene stakeholders, evaluate impact, and plan for the future. You may travel through muddy backcountry roads and busy city markets, meet with local governors or landless farm laborers, and everyone in between. Your teammates and local partner will support you, and you will emerge tougher, smarter, and with a serious piece of impact under your belt.
It’s not all fast-paced action. Impact requires planning, strategy, and a smooth transition. Throughout your time in the field, you must think about capacity building, documentation, and managerial continuity. Near the end of your time in the field, you will spend a couple days assembling a transition folder so that SID, your local partners, and your successors can benefit from what you have learned and can carry forward your hard work.