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Program Manager for a Non-Governmental Organization

Job Snapshot: 
Do you enjoy working with a community? Do you take pleasure in creating small change? Working for non-governmental organizations can be a rewarding and challenging experience, and an ideal place to live and breathe the values you feel so strongly about. You could be organizing an energy conservation initiative with local businesses, or coordinating a youth gardening program in your neighbourhood. These grassroots organizations need passionate people who care about making real environmental change.
Roles & Responsibilities: 
A program manager is in charge of a specific program within an NGO. They determine how a program is to be implemented, which tasks need to be completed, and how to go about it in order to achieve the greatest level of success. They may also take care of hiring people and finding volunteers to help. Knowledge of budgeting and staffing are important.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: varies with the goals of the NGO

Skills: problem solving, decision making, organization, management, report writing, communication, attention to detail, English, and creativity

Education and Recommended Courses: 
University degree is necessary, particularly in environment, sociology, political science, or related field. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, political science, mathematics, philosophy, geography, environment, and anthropology.
Potential Earnings: 
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: As part of an NGO, you will be communicating with a number of different people and organizations. These may include funders, other NGOs, government agencies, and businesses.

Atmosphere: NGO work can take you many places. Your work will often take place in an office, but you may need to travel to conferences, meetings, and even overseas, depending on the goals and mandate of your NGO.