Programme Manager

UN Children's Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th April, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

How can you make a difference?

Overall coordination and management of the total programme commitment of a medium size country programme with a broad range of projects, including programme/project formulation, design, planning and management focussed on achievement of UNICEF's Organizational priorities. Under the guidance of the Chief Field Services, responsible for strategic guidance and coordination of decentralized programme design of UNICEF programme in both urban and rural areas.

The P4 under Field Services has to work with the Chief of Field Services, Chiefs of Sections and the Chiefs of Field Offices, to provide overall conceptual leadership, guidance and direction for decentralized planning for children in rural and urban areas. This will include formulate guidelines, capacity building plans and ensure synergy with the sectors. This post will guide the work of 2 NOC, one focusing on decentralized planning in rural areas and the other on urban areas. The post is expected to play a stronger role on urban programming as UNICEF Bangladesh will establish its footprint in urban the next 4 years. The post is also expected to support Chief of Field Services in the emergency portfolio and management of Field Offices.

Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be responsible for all or most of the following areas of major duties and key end results.

Knowledge Management for Programmes

  • Ensure that area/country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of "lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases.
  • Participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Programme Development and Management

  • Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Draft changes to/or prepare programme work plans as required. Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Establishes programme workplans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
  • Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Optimum Use Of Program Funds: Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance. Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluations

  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
  • Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation and participate the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery. Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

  • Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and
  • development of strategies and implementation frameworks. Formulate consistent and effective planning, design,
  • implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects. Bring coherence, synergy and added value
  • to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

National and Local Capacity Buildinq/Sustainability

  • Provide government authorities with technical supports and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.
  • Working with the Chief of Field Services, Chiefs of Sections and the Chiefs of Field Offices, provide overall conceptual leadership, guidance and direction for district based work in rural and urban areas including formulation of goals and monitoring of progress through ongoing consultations and inter-sectoral exchanges and coordination of activities, information and experience to achieve programme objectives.
  • Formulate guidelines and capacity building plans as related to decentralized in both rural and urban areas along with the relevant indicators to monitor progress and develop strategies and implementation framework. Establish the overall framework for programme workplan, monitor compliance and performance standards, and provide support and guidance.

Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels: Conduct policy analysis from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates. Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration

  • Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavors and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
  • Plans, develops and implements sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners. Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Education: Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution
  • Work Experience: Eight years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO) Background/familiarity with Emergency
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language/local working language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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