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Project Manager, Refugee Programs - Middle East

International Impact | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Project Manager, Refugee Programs – Middle East. This experienced project manager will manage organization of an early childhood development initiative serving the needs of Syrian children displaced by conflict in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.  This joint, five-year project with the International Rescue Committee has just been awarded the first MacArthur Foundation 100&Change, $100 million grant and will be the largest early childhood development intervention in the history of humanitarian response.

Candidates for this position should be project management professionals with a proven track record of successfully implementing and managing large multi-sector projects across several organizations.  The project manager will report to the VP, Refugee Programs – Middle East.


Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Full project life-cycle management: manage creation and execution of all technical requirements, creative design, project deliverables, dependencies and critical path analysis, and execution of project work plan
  • Management of $20M+ annual project budget
  • Establish and maintain project scope and changes
  • Provide ongoing quality control and issue resolution
  • The position is based in New York, though occasional international travel may be necessary



  • Passion for Sesame Workshop’s mission
  • 5+ years of experience in complex project management, international development, education, mass media, and/or refugee response
  • Demonstrated ability to work in highly matrixed project team with a sense of urgency
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Demonstrated experience in developing countries; Middle East experience and knowledge of Arabic a plus
  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline a plus
  • PMP certification a plus