Regional Programme Manager - Cryosphere and Atmosphere

Terms of Reference
Title: Regional Programme Manager – Cryosphere and Atmosphere
Programme: Cryosphere and Atmosphere
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mountains are important global Ecosystems facing  especially rapid  socioeconomic  and  environmental  changes, Particularly the impacts of climate change. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet the associated challenges emerging in the HKH Region. To do this we bring together top researchers and development specialists from the region and around the globe to generate and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the physical and social sciences, including traditional knowledge, for evidence-based decision making; and we provide a neutral meeting point for transboundary research, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium. These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.
ICIMOD is known for its integrated and holistic approaches to meet multifaceted challenges of development. Even greater and more effective integration and cross-disciplinary work will be needed to address the complex issues facing the region. ICIMOD’s regional programmes provide platforms for more effective and integrative research, policy-relevant advice, and to promote sustainable development practices on the ground.
The overall objective of the Regional Programme on Cryosphere and Atmosphere is to increase understanding of change in the cryosphere and atmosphere in the Hindu Kush Himalayas contributing to improved water resource and risk management and reduced short lived climatepollutants. The targeted outcome of this programme is that regional member country institutions have enhanced capacity to generate and access relevant data and knowledge about the cryosphere and atmosphere, contributing to effective measures and policies for mitigating local atmospheric emissions and to improve water resource, air quality, and risk management. Currently, ICIMOD is looking for a Regional Programme Manager to manage and coordinate the science driven Regional Programme on Cryosphere and Atmosphere.
Role of the Regional Programme Manager:
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Programme Operations, the Regional Programme Manager will guide the Programme, including programmatic and intellectual leadership, planning and coordination, budgeting and financial management, coordination and communication with stakeholders, engaging relevant human resources, monitoring the delivery of results, and ensuring the proper dissemination and outreach of impacts. Each regional programme consists of several initiatives, which are headed by Programme Coordinators. The Regional Programme Manager will directly supervise the Programme Coordinators and a small core team of programme support staff. In special situations, the Regional Programme Manager will be one of the Initiative Coordinators under the same regional programme, carrying out the two positions simultaneously. If this  is  the  case,  approximately  30-40%  of  the  time will  be  spent  on  regional programme management tasks.
The regional programmes will draw the necessary human resources from the four thematic areas. An important responsibility for the Regional Programme Manager will thus be to ensure proper human resource planning by constructive coordination and negotiation with the four Theme Leaders.
Main responsibilities:
More specifically, the Regional Programme Manager will have the following responsibilities.
1. Leadership and Regional Programme management: 
  • Ensure overall guidance and management of the regional programme and its initiatives, and provide guidance to the Initiative Coordinators to ensure that the results are consistent, complementary, and in line with the expected programme objectives
  • Provide overall guidance for research in close coordination with Theme Leaders, and ensure interdisciplinarity and that results lead to development outcomes Ensure  efficient  and  effective  engagement  of  human  resources  in  smooth cooperation with the Initiative Coordinators and the Theme Leaders
  • Ensure the development and monitoring of impact pathways Motivate and inspire team members towards the delivery of high quality results and the achievement of impact
  • Liaise and communicate with partners of the participating countries to ensure coherence and convergence of the programme outcomes
  • Actively participate in and provide inputs to ICIMOD’s strategic planning process 
2. Programme planning, monitoring, and reporting:
  •  Guide the Initiative Coordinators in preparing the work plans and budgets and, where necessary and relevant, ensure linkage/integration between initiatives
  • Identify and implement appropriate monitoring mechanisms for the smooth implementation of the programme, including follow-up on the performance of the initiatives, in coordination with ICIMOD’s Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit Control the financial position of the programme and keep it under constant review
  • Ensure timely reporting to donors on projects (technical and financial); alsoensure reporting by partners to ICIMOD in timely manner
  • Responsible for impact assessment and case studies in close collaboration with Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of ICIMOD 
3. Communication and outreach:
  •  In close coordination with Initiative Coordinators and the Knowledge Management and Communication Senior Manager:
  •  Develop and maintain a constructive dialogue with different groups of stakeholders in the region and beyond;
  • Enable and support the appropriate dissemination of results and findings to policy makers at various levels and to international communities in order to deliver impacts. Represent ICIMOD as and when required to do so in regional and international fora.
Collaboration and partnership development:
  • Develop (and support the Initiative Coordinators in the development of) partnerships with national, regional, and global stakeholders for strategic collaboration to contribute to the regional programme objectives
  • Enable  and support partner organizations to practise and facilitate regional and national collaboration, partnerships, and networking
  • Ensure  that the role and participation of women are effectively integrated within the programme
  • Ensure  close collaboration with Strategic Cooperation Unit of the Centre
Team and capacity building:
  •  Take leadership in team and capacity building activities of the regional programme and partner organizations
  •  Contribute  to  a  positive,  flexible,  equitable,  and  professional  working
  •  environment within the Regional Programme and ICIMOD as a whole
  • Mentor the programme’s young colleagues as necess
  • Explore co-funding opportunities involving regional partners and/or member countries
Fundraising and resource mobilization:
  • Lead resource mobilization activities to secure expansion of programme funding in close coordination with the Directorate, including:
  • Writing concept notes and proposals
  • Developing and maintaining constructive dialogue with sponsors whenever required
  •  Explore co-funding opportunities involving regional partners and/or member countries
·     Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals, and work closely with colleagues  to contribute to a constructive and professional working environment and to the   development of ICIMOD as a fully integrated mountain development centre. Specifically, close and constructive team work is required with the me Leaders to ensure optimal  use of the Centre’s human resources
8. Perform other duties as requested:
Minimum Qualifications and Work Experience:
  • Post-graduate degree, preferably PhD, in environmental science, alpine hydrometeorology, glaciology, atmospheric science, preferably having working experience in interlinking these disciplines
  • At least 10 years of work experience in the programme-relevant specialization, of which part has preferably been in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region
  • Five years of experience in a leading or management position, preferably in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience in the management of large-scale research/development programmes
  • A proven track record in promoting and supporting gender equity 
General Competencies:
  • Possess state-of-the-art knowledge on subjects related to the regional programme, with the ability to represent institution in international forums.
  • Management and coordination:  The  ability  to  plan  and  manage  large-scale
  • programmes on a strategic level, including financial overview, people management, and monitoring and evaluation
Networking/stakeholder management:
  • The ability to identify relevant partners, build new linkages, and effectively facilitate stakeholder processes, manage conflict, and negotiate major programme issues        
Communication and outreach:
  • The ability to effectively present, discuss, convince, and influence people and target groups       on different levels with tailored messages and ensure effective channels of communication the across the organization
Results/impact orientation:
  • The ability to apply a proactive strategic approach within and outside the organization to generate concrete results leading to impacts
Social/team competency:
  • The ability to build effective teams including people from different disciplinary and cultural back grounds and across the organization; give and receive constructive feedback; provide information and share resources across the organization to help make decisions collaboratively and solve mutual problems
  •  Report and proposal writing: The ability to write and coordinate the preparation of complex project and programme reports, write successful proposals, and synthesize results from different thematic areas
Duty Station:
  • The duty station is Kathmandu; frequent travel in the region may be required.
Remuneration: Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are highly competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Three years, of which the first six months on probation. Starting date is as early as possible.
Gender and Equity Policy: Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender-fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and a Gender Resource Centre and is committed to integrating gender issues at the organizational and programme levels.
Method of application: Applicants are requested to apply online before 28 Feb
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.    
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