Programs Manager

Position: Programs Manager

Reports to: China Country Director


This position oversees the effective development and implementation of IFAW’s campaigns, projects and program strategies in China, in line with IFAW’s international program priorities.



Ensures the effective development of strategies for IFAW’s campaigns and projects in China and the Asia region, in collaboration with Asia Regional Director and China Country Director.

Liaises with International Program Managers to ensure China specific strategies for campaigns and projects fully support IFAW’s priorities and the promotion of IFAW’s work internationally.

Facilitate communications with, develop and maintain relationships with government agencies and members of the legislature and advisory bodies. Overseeing the upkeep of government database.

Responsibility for IFAW’s government relations in China and contact with key government agencies, civil servants and other key policy makers, including GONGOs.

Manages program staff in the China office, and, in liaison with the China Operations Manager, implements effective training and development programmes for these staff.

Ensures the effective planning and management of the relevant programmatic budgets.

Represents IFAW to outside organisations, the media, politicians and other key stakeholders, and to work with the China Country Director to promote and develop the role as key spokesperson for IFAW China.

Maintains a thorough working knowledge of animal welfare and conservation issues as well as other related issues pertaining to China, including keeping abreast of new developments in connection with campaign initiatives. Ensures the Asia Regional Director and the international Program Directors are kept fully briefed.

Ensures effective communication and integration with other IFAW functions as appropriate, including Development, SSU, Public Affairs, other country offices and HQ program functions.

Identifying and using political opportunities to increase the effectiveness of IFAW campaigns.

Liaising with staff internationally on key global campaigns, to ensure maximum support from Chinese government.

Ensuring an effective two-way flow of information between IFAW and key policy makers, by increasing the awareness of IFAW amongst government, research institutions and civil society.

Undertakes any other duties consistent with the post and, where necessary, assist with other areas of work as required.




Proven track record in campaign and project management

Thorough knowledge of the political, cultural and social systems and environment in China

Former experience in conservation and animal welfare related fields preferred

At least 3 years experience in a similar post

Excellent leadership and management skills developed from previous experience in managing a staff team

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, excellent persuasive skills

Fluent in both Chinese and English, able to speak and write in both languages

Able to delegate and motivate others to achieve common goals

Able to take initiative and solve problems independently

Able to work under pressure and maintain positive outlook

Able to undertake regular international and domestic travel

Higher degree in relevant discipline, preferred



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