Monday, June 24, 2013

Programme Support Manager Strategy and Learning

Job:Programme Support Manager Strategy and Learning
Organisation: Plan International
Duty Station:Country Office Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:Country Director
Salary:               US$45,000-55,000. This is an accompanied position and a full expat package will be available.

About Plan:
Plan is working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and have a stated Global Strategic Goal (2011-15) to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits.  Plan aims to achieve this goal by working in partnership with others and through high performing teams whose behaviours reflect the corporate values. Plan has a global income of around $800m. Plan has been working in Uganda since 1992, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, protection and participation.  We work with more than 39,700 sponsored children, their families and communities in 5 districts across the country: Tororo, Kamuli, Luweero, Kampala and Lira.

Job Summary: The Programme Support Manager Strategy and Learning will be responsible for a small departmental budget at the Country Office, He/she will also oversee programme strategy development and programme design.  He/she is responsible for knowledge management and organisational learning plus national policy and advocacy programmes.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
    •    Accountable for Interim and annual performance evaluations for the team
    •    Developing a well-managed and high performing Program team
    •    Management of child cantered Country Strategic Plan and country programs
    •    Ensure effective technical team in providing support in planning, implementation, proposal development, monitoring and evaluation
    •    Provide direction in program integration while ensuring alignment with child rights programming
    •    Lead in implementation of standards of accountability, effectiveness and efficiency in Plan Uganda programs
    •    Ensure quality program documentation processes
    •    Responsible for action research, documentation and dissemination
    •    Take responsibility as part of the CMT for risk management process in-country
    •    Participate in CMT and the Extended Country Management Team (ECMT) decision making
    •    Participate in Region of Eastern and Southern Africa (RESA) networks.
    •    Manage and support in country program networks for learning and improvement.
    •    Document and disseminate best practices from within Plan and from other organisations to promote quality and learning
    •    Ensure effective partnerships alliances for delivery of the CSP
Dealing with Problems:
    •    The position involves resolving a wide range of challenges which occur in large operational programs. The manager will demonstrate the ability to solve problems, thinking strategically while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment.                                                                                  
    •    The manage will act a liaison between the Program Unit (PU) program portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and overall impact. This will encompass strengthening accountability, planning, management, adherence to policies and procedures, and promoting a culture for delivery of results, both short and long term.
Communications and Working Relationships:
    •    Maximise overall programme impact through the optimised contributions of others including Programme Unit Managers, CMT members, and other Plan Uganda staff.
    •    Effective working relationships within Plan global will be essential, including with National Offices, International Headquarters, Regional Offices, and other Country Offices.
    •    He/she will be required to initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships, including with government counterparts, donors, implementing partners and other development organisations.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
    •    Demonstrated knowledge as a result of study, training or practical experience in development or a programme related field
    •    Proven progressive experience as a development professional in planning, monitoring and evaluating programs and managing technical support
    •    Evidenced strategic  thinker
    •    Right Based programming and advocacy experience
    •    Proven action research, documentation and communication experience
    •    Leadership facilitation and networking experience
    •    Knowledge of the Southern and Eastern African contextual issues and experience of working outside Uganda would be advantageous
    •    Skills
    •    Excellent management, administrative and communication skills
    •    Skills in facilitation, training and negotiation
    •    Excellent grasp of research and programming concepts
    •    Strong planning and organisational skills with good grasp of programming concepts
    •    Strong interpersonal and public relation skills with good analytical and writing skills
    •    Good networking and partnership management skills
Personal Competencies:
    •    Teamwork – positively promotes team effort through shared successes.
    •    Integrity – acts with high degree of integrity and professionalism.
    •    Positive Disposition – builds relationships and relates to people in a friendly, open and accepting manner.
    •    Develops, motivates, mentors, coaches and manages programme teams
    •    Promotes high performance of all staff including innovation and learning
    •    Communicates clearly and effectively\Respect for human rights
Other Competencies and values: Respect, integrity, diversity, commitment to excellence, adaptability, able to perform under stress,  innovation, building relationships, communicating effectively, coaching and mentoring, facilitating change, developing teams, initiating action, strategic decision making, planning and organizing, leading through vision and mission and a personal commitment to children’s development and protection.

NB: Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community. Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

How to apply:
If you believe you are one of the the ideal candidates for this fantastic opportunity with Plan, then visit the web link below for full job details
Deadline: 10th July, 2013