Regional Portfolio Manager, Africa

Institute of International Education
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

The Regional Portfolio Manager, Africa is responsible for the overall program implementation and deliverables of the Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) Fulbright programs administered by IIE. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government in partnership with binational Fulbright Commissions and U.S. embassies abroad. The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  

The Regional Portfolio Manager works with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which sponsors and oversees this prestigious, worldwide program, and provides awards for over 7,000 students, scholars, teachers and professionals per year from over 170 partner (foreign) countries. The AF Regional Portfolio Manager works closely with the Sub-Saharan Africa Branch of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to oversee approximately 504 participants per year either coming from this region or going to this region on Fulbright grants with an annual program budget of approximately $15 million. The Regional Portfolio Manager works in close coordination with ECA, U.S. embassies abroad, and internal IIE units to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to fulfill the programmatic vision and articulate the impact of all components of the Sub-Saharan Africa Fulbright programs.

The AF Regional Portfolio Manager has ultimate accountability for the deliverables for the AF Fulbright programs and serves as the overall regional project manager ensuring timeliness and quality in all deliverables for this region. The AF Regional Portfolio Manager ensures adherence to contract, regulatory requirements, budget, timeline, and oversees submission of all regional programmatic reports. The AF Regional Portfolio Manager ensures that regional program implementation is in line with the regional programmatic vision and expectations.  

Essential Functions:

  • Communicates with ECA and U.S. embassies abroad on a day-to-day basis on the status of programs within regional portfolio, and liaises with ECA regularly on program management for the region.
  • Oversees the entire AF regional portfolio on a day-to-day basis by providing direction and guidance to IIE team members assigned to the project, as well as external partners, to achieve country, regional and programmatic priorities and policies.  
  • Responsible for ensuring all reporting and deliverables are met for the region for the program sponsor.
  • Manages grant funds and recommends financial allocations for assigned regional portfolio.
  • Works closely with U.S. embassies abroad in the region on deliverables and timelines and conducts trainings when necessary.
  • Supervises, coaches, mentors and trains team members assigned to the portfolio.
  • Works with finance to establish budgets, monitor budget, and conduct forecasting. Work with internal stakeholders, portfolio finance, HR, Grants & Contracts, and other shared services in the implementation of the program.
  • Leads development of new programs and initiatives within region.



  • Bachelor’s required, Master’s degree preferred.  
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have experience in scholarship management.
  • Must have strong program and people management skills. 
  • Must have an understanding of higher education in the U.S. and abroad, including knowledge of the cultural nuances and general expertise of the AF region. 
  • Must have demonstrated budget management and supervisory skills.
  • Must have an understanding of U.S. Department of State programs and goals of exchange programs, as well as knowledge of U.S. foreign policy pertaining to the AF region. 
  • Must have studied or lived abroad or possess a combination of other relevant international experience.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced and challenging program environment.

Work Conditions & Physical Demands:

Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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