Senior Program Associate - The Botnar Healthy Cities for Adolescents Challenge


The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH)


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Summary and Description

Through the Healthy Cities for Adolescents Challenge, Fondation Botnar will support multi-stakeholder, community-led consortiums representing diverse groups including partners from government, civil society, and the private sector to address the health and wellbeing of adolescents aged approximately 10 to 15 years. Such organizations must have, as their focus, the engagement of young people through the creation of opportunities for better futures. Young people must have an active voice in the program design, planning and be actively part of the solution. Specifically, the engagement strategy with this target group of adolescents should involve an emphasis on one or more of the following priorities:

  • Healthy living, including nutrition and fitness
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Opportunities for meaningful engagement in community and society to improve health
  • Other activities to enhance overall development and life-course of young people
  • Technological and systems innovation for engaging young people

One of the key focus areas of Fondation Botnar’s strategy is the emphasis regarding the creation, building and strengthening of multi-stakeholder partnerships. These need to include the private sector, public sector and civil society working together across sectors to contribute to healthy, equitable and sustainable cities that lead through impact and change to improve the health and wellbeing of adolescents.

Working with the Executive Director of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), the Senior Project Associate (SPA) will manage the implementation of the Fondation Botnar Healthy Cities for Adolescents Challenge Program. He/she will be a member of the project Leadership Team. The SPA will serve as the ISUH focal point for working with designated Challenge project leads in the selected cities to oversee site specific project start up, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and assure progress against their agreed action plan and approved budgets. The SPA will also coordinate the provision of outside scientific and technical support to grantees as agreed with the ISUH Leadership Team and inside and outside experts. The SPA will report to the ISUH Executive Director through the ISUH Program Director.

The SPA will also coordinate the work of 3-4 regional and country experts identified to support the successful grantees; and in close cooperation with the ISUH Leadership Team and expert advisors, work with grantees to oversee the design and implementation of the project monitoring and evaluation plan; and develop and lead a virtual Knowledge Management Network among grantees and program experts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in the selection process for successful Challenge grant recipients, and develop guidelines for and coordinate post-selection site visits to affirm grantee capabilities and commitment to the goals and approach of the Challenge and identify any potential risk areas for project success against the site work plan.
  • Develop and lead the Challenge project management team consisting of project leads for each successful grantee, regional/country experts, and the ISUH Executive Director and Program Director: establish clear roles and responsibilities  for the group relative to : required progress reports against work plans , resource mobilization,  identifying need for technical support and/or capacity building, and identification of problems for project success to permit early action by country/regional experts/ISUH staff  with sites.
  • Work with grantees to create formats for collection and analysis of progress reports prepared by Challenge projects and prepare consolidated reports for the ISUH and Fondation Botnar; regularly review monitoring and evaluation reports and analyzing them to identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation and plan action;
  • Provide advice and assistance to city-based Challenge project managers on Challenge standards, internal guidelines, and standard operating procedures related to project management as well as Fondation Botnar's strategic priorities and requirements;
  • Serve as Knowledge Manager for the Challenge and create a virtual Community of Practice for Healthy Cities for Adolescents among grantees to coordinate evaluation of the initiative, experience sharing among grantees, and engagement of experts as needed to enhance learning and practice.  The Community may be expanded beyond grantees as the program progresses.
  • As Knowledge Manager, work with ISUH Leadership Team and project experts to specifically:
    • design and manage an overall M&E plan for the Challenge;
    • conduct evaluations as per program plan for the Challenge;
    • coordinate the design and implementation of the Challenge’s M&E processes;
    • identify and support the development of key performance questions, key indicators and targets to assess and improve the efficiency and impact of the Challenge projects, including through regular review of available country and city data needed for the evaluation;
    • work with country experts to foster participatory planning and monitoring by training and involving relevant Challenge project staff in M& E activities.
  • Host virtual and in-person meetings with city based project teams and stakeholders, country experts and project staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated progressive experience as a successful leader/project manager of complex tri-sectoral, multi-site community programs at a national and international level with wide and varied knowledge of public health problems, health management processes and private sector engagement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in program implementation in areas of the broad determinants of urban health and/or adolescent health and wellbeing, with special emphasis on nutrition and physical activity, use of AI to accelerate change and youth driven programs through entrepreneurial approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to a team approach to management, promoting a culture of participatory project management, decision making and community building in the context of sensitive political and cultural environments.
  • Commitment to the importance of evidence informed decision making based upon objective analysis of situational evidence and application of previously acquired knowledge.  Provides oversight in the verification process that targets how area of work takes action in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. 
  • Experience with strategic management of technical cooperation interventions to generate expected results.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with a knowledge management framework and the development of virtual communities of practice.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation plan for multi-site projects; conduct of quantitative as well as qualitative evaluation of multiple projects, including process and outcome evaluations, and the importance of maintaining quality of data and integrity of data management; and using evaluation results to strengthen project performance.
  • Assure adherence to appropriate principles and guidelines to ensure ethical delivery of program aligned with Botnar principles for protection of children and young people
  •  Experience with and commitment to participatory and inclusive management models, special experience with participatory and entrepreneurial models for youth engagement are advantageous
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of multisite projects
  • Familiarity with use of AI methods to advance the change process
  • High level Ability to engage stakeholders at all levels, including key municipal stakeholders and political leaders as well as private sector organizations  
  • Strong written and presentation skills with multiple audiences


  • Masters or doctoral level preparation in public health, urban planning, child health and development
  • 8-10 years of progressive management experience in field based activities in global health

Important Notice

This is a contract position (2 years, renewable up to total of 5 years). Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future. This position is located in New York, NY -- local candidates preferred - out of area candidates can be considered with telecommuting and with periodic visits to New York office- no relocation assistance will be provided.

To Apply

All applicants should email their CV and salary requirements to isuhhr@nyam.org noting “Senior Program Associate Position” in the subject line) by no later than July 11, 2018.

The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.