Devex is currently assisting a major international intergovernmental organization related to the United Nations in their search for Programme Manager / Chief of Party to be based in Niamey, Niger.
The program will be implemented in close coordination with USAID/OTI, with communities in priority areas, and with all levels of Government. The overall objective of the Programme is to improve country cohesiveness through strengthened community empowerment and economic uplift.
The Programme Manager/Chief of Party will discharge a range of duties and provide overall guidance for the programme throughout its geographic coverage.
Type of position: special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension
Scope of Work:
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, and the programmatic directives from the Global Program Coordinator in Washington, DC the successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of country level activities and ensuring strong donor communications and engagement as well as coordination with the Community Resilience Activity (CRA) Chief of Party.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Manage full programmatic, financial, administrative, logistical and relational responsibilities for all programme activities and ensure that the standards and operating modalities are met wherever the programme is implemented.
- Conceptualize and design programme strategies, and direct appropriate resource allocation among several offices, stakeholders and sub-regions.
- Manage the in-country relationship with USAID/OTI and work in close coordination with the Global Coordinator for OTI Programs in Washington, DC as part of the global strategic partnership with USAID/OTI, as well as coordinate closely with the CRA Chief of Party/Programme Manager.
- Maintain a frequent dialogue and close and positive working relationship with USAID/OTI representatives in country, to reinforce the principles of OTI’s One Team approach and ensure collaborative activity development and analysis.
- Hire and train all programme staff as well as create, deploy and periodically fine-tune all programmatic systems, including database management, procurement, financial tracking and accounting. Ensure that all departments are coordinating together smoothly to achieve the programme objectives and supervise all in-country international and national staff.
- Actively build and maintain a flexible, responsive, and amicable relationship with key program stakeholders, including USAID/OTI, the headquarter, and the Country Mission. Set a positive example for programme staff by ensuring that messaging and actions relating are constructive, collegial, and frequent.
- In close conjunction with the management of the Mission’s Field Security Officer and in accordance with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) requirements, be responsible for the safety and security of all individuals implementing the programme. This includes ensuring that appropriate security information is regularly and appropriately disseminated, and that relevant safety and security training is conducted in coordination with the Staff Security Unit (SSU) when required.
- Assess, develop a plan for, and oversee all related contracting staff, technical experts or service providers in relation to the programme.
- Liaise with international and national counterparts to further the development and enhance the objectives of the programme. Seek programmatic partnerships and synergies when appropriate with other humanitarian and development partners and government entities.
- Actively consult with a wide range of sources to continually assess the full context of the programme funded by USAID/OTI, including in relation to other programmes and priorities in the country.
- Responsible for continually developing the programme in accordance with the objectives, updated strategic priorities, project successes, donor interests and UN security constraints.
- Supervise the tracking of all programme expenditures to ensure budget recommendations are met, that all grant management and financial tracking instruments are reconciled and that all funds are spent in accordance with the standards and donor expectations. Ensure the timely submission of financial reports to the donor.
- Responsible for regular reporting, including all financial, narrative and database
- In close coordination with the main programme counterparts, ensure that small grant initiatives and related community and government relationships are developed in accordance with programme goals and objectives.
- Act as the primary contact for the programme in work across multiple sectors that include, but are not limited to, health, agriculture, education, municipal infrastructure, gender, transportation, and water and sanitation.
- Develop and enforce anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing measures including the implementation of a sound Monitoring and Evaluation system to ensure the transparent use of donor funds. Report corruption issues to the donor according to established procedures.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
- Master’s degree in in Law, International Relations, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.
- Progressive responsibility with demonstrated supervisory experience in staff from diverse environments and backgrounds and in UNDSS phased security areas;
- Minimum 5 years of operational field experience in programme formulation, implementation and evaluation;
- Minimum 3 years of operational experience with USAID/OTI (ideal) or USAID programming in a rapid transition or post-conflict area;
- Security, budget, office and relationship management management;
- Previous work experience in small-grants programing, infrastructure works, procurement and civil-society strengthening highly desirable;
- Thorough knowledge of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security protocols and experience working in a Phase III or above security environment;
- History of successfully managing close relationships with donors and with other units within an organization.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of French is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.