The Cluster Programme Manager will ensure implementation of all field ministries at the Area Programme (AP) (s) level. This includes ensuring that Sustainable Transformational Development ministry through Technical Projects, Community Engagement and Sponsorship Planning (CESP) projects, Humanitarian Emergency Affairs (HEA) projects, Grant projects, Private Non Sponsorship projects, Corporate partnerships, etc., are implemented in an integrated model, under the key ministry pillars of Sustainable Transformational Development, HEA and Advocacy, ensuring all activities remain true to World Vision (WV)’s Vision, Mission and Core Values. The position will be a key player in cultivating World Vision Lanka (WVL)’s Christian identity and cooperating a culture of prayer and commitment to the most vulnerable communities.
In conjunction with the Regional Manager, Cluster Programme Manager provides leadership in executing the Operations strategy and business plan, managing the Operations portfolio including developing and implementing plans to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the ministry along with the resource allocation and providing Leadership, guidance and support to AP(s) staff in delivering the ministry objectives.
This position is required to manage two Area Programmes AND/OR manage a programme with an annual budget of more than US $ 1,000,000.
- Identify, adapt and implement all Technical Projects by managing the Development Program Approach (DPA) with adequate community engagement and partners in all communities.
- Manage overall monitoring of the AP(s) including Technical Programme (TP) implementation, community level planning, annual budgeting, annual review etc. at AP level.
- Implement quality improvement related recommendations including that of Child Well Being (CWB) reports, evaluation reports and ongoing TP analysis Reports.
- Build effective working relationship with various development partners including government departments and technical departments at district and divisional level. Network with external stakeholders (UN, INGOs, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations - CSO, Faith Based Organizations - FBO, etc.) and create space for collaboration and partnership toward improved well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable.
- Lead the process of Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) mapping, tracking and inclusion.
- Provide technical guidance and support to AP’s and other relevant projects to ensure respective programmes / projects and initiatives achieve outcomes/outputs to contributing towards WVL strategic objectives.
- Provide overall leadership to the AP team.
- Manage resources with integrity and stewardship, in compliance with WVL’s financial policies and procedures
- Approve project expenditures and contracts according to the Levels of Authority Manual and proper management of annual budget.
- Timely submission of all monthly, Mid-year and Annual reports and other reports based on requirements including regular reports to NGO secretariat with quality assurance.
- Required qualifications, experience & competencies
- More than 6 years’ experience in a Leadership position in Program Management, preferably in the INGO Context
- Degree Qualification or Professional Qualification in International Development Studies, Community Development or any Social Science or a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
- Knowledge and experience in capacity building for local stakeholders/partners.
- Experience in program implementation, community mobilization and participatory approach would be an advantage and experience of working with ethnic minorities is preferred.
- Conceptual understanding of and commitment to development work, especially child-focused, community-based development concepts, approaches and processes.
- Intermediate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of development work; including health, education, economic development, food security, cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender, protection, environment, disability), and integration of advocacy and disaster management in development programming.
- Demonstrated leadership skills, including leading, building, and supporting a team with diverse roles and capacities.
- Demonstrated capacity in program management, with conceptual understanding and required competency in Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME) functions.
- High level of advocacy and communications skills.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members in a cross-cultural environment.
- Well-developed written and oral communication skills in Sinhala / Tamil and English, especially report writing skills.
- Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.