Programme Manager (MDGi), P-4, Lusaka, Zambia

Job no: 494165
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Zambia
Categories: Health, P-4
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of the Health and Nutrition Section (UNICEF), the MDGi Programme Manager will lead and manage, on a daily basis, the implementation of the MDGi Programme, ensuring they are delivered on time and to the agreed quality standards and budgets.
The MDGi programme manager is accountable to ensure that the MDGi Programme is delivered according to the approved description of action and budget, and that the agreed to activities are implemented on time, within budget and to the required quality.
The MDGi programme manager will lead a team of international and national professionals and, in consultation with Chief, Health & Nutrition, coordinate with the Ministry of Health   for the smooth implementation of the MDGi programme.  The incumbent will ensure that the MDGi programme delivery is achieved as part of UNICEF supported Country Programme in Zambia and, towards sustainability of MDGi activities, ensure activities are aligned with and leverage resources under the national health sector plans.
Key Expected Results:
Programme Management
  • Provide practical, hands-on managerial and technical support to the MDGi Programme ensuring the quality and timeliness of all programme components.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities of UNICEF MDGi team members for implementation of the various programme components;
  • Track all components of the programme implementation progress and ensure timely completion of the planned activities as per approved MDGi annual work plan with special focus on the Institutional Capacity Development  (ICD), and Health Management information system ( HMIS) components of the programme.
  • Liaise with the MDGi National Programme Manager (technical assistance located within the MoH  to coordinate and monitor programme implementation;
  • Coordinate with all technical focal points in the health and Nutrition section for timely inputs in planning,  implementation and monitoring of key MDGi interventions.
  • Oversee review of programme annual work plans and planning process for the subsequent years;
  • Ensure that programme implementation conform to the policies and procedures of UNICEF and the Contribution Agreement signed with the EU;
  • Oversee procurement processes related to MDGi including delivery and distribution of equipment and supplies;
  • Ensure that quality progress reports are produced and submitted in a timely manner to UNICEF Health and Nutrition Section Chief for submission to EUD according to the contract schedule;
  • Prepare UNICEF inputs for monthly MDGi Technical Working Group meetings and Quarterly MDGi Steering Committee meetings for Section Chief and participate in the meetings;
  • Liaise and coordinate with other sections at UNICEF involved in the MDGi programme specifically Child Protection, WASH and Communication (including C4Dfor effective and timely implementation of planned activities.
  • While ensuring the Section Chief, Health & Nutrition is fully appraised on progress, develop and maintain positive relationships with all programme partners, especially the Delegation of the European Union in Zambia and the Government of Zambia;
  • Report regularly to Chief of Health and Nutrition Section on programmatic progress and provide (through the Chief, Health & Nutrition) regular updates on the MDGi to the Representative and Deputy Representative.
Personnel Management
  • While ensuring integration of MDGi programme implementation within the regular UNICEF programme, supervise  and manage the UNICEF MDGi team promoting a “One team approach” and ensuring accountability of team members for their expected deliverables;
  • Provide leadership and direction to UNICEF MDGi personnel for timely and quality programme implementation;
  • Promote and support effective team working through one-to-one communication and regular team meetings;
  • Ensure that all direct reports are managed in accordance with UNICEF policies and procedures;
  • Agree clear performance objectives for all direct reports, and ensure all team members have appropriately set objectives, and that performance assessment are undertaken in a timely manner;
  • Contribute to the recruitment and induction of UNICEF-based MDGi staff as required.
Financial Management
  • Provide overall supervision and management of the programme budget, including regular monitoring of expenditure against approved budget, in accordance with UNICEF financial procedures and guidelines;
  • Review financial reports and ensure consistency and accuracy of data.
Communication and Reporting
  • Review financial reports and ensure consistency and accuracy of data.
  • Prepare high quality presentations and briefing packs  in appropriate formats for briefing of partners and stakeholders as appropriate
  • Review draft reports from assigned staff ensuring quality standards are met
  • Write comprehensive regular reports as required in the M&E Framework and the Visibility Strategy  outlining programme progress, key achievements, challenges and steps being taken to address them, and next steps for submission to the Section Chief
  • Oversee the collection, safe storage, distribution, dissemination and monitoring of suitable information and communication materials in support of the programme goals.
Qualification of the successful candidate
  • Advanced university degree (minimum Master’s degree level) in one of following areas: Management, Public Health, International Development or related field.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in an international organization with proven records of managing large programmes including staff and budgets.
  • Prior experience of working in Africa
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams with a mix of skills
  • Experience of managing large and complex budgets
  • General knowledge of health issues, RMNCH and Nutrition, is desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate with programme counterparts from the Government and European Union Delegation.
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Strong planning, organization and strategic thinking skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
Core competencies
  • Communication: Level III
  • Working with People: Level III
  • Drive for Results: Level III
Functional Competencies
  • Leading and supervising: Level III
  • Analyzing: Level III
  • Planning and Organizing: Level III
  • Creating and Innovation: Level II
  • Relating and Networking: Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts: Level II
  • Persuading and Influencing: Level II
To view our competency framework, please click here.
Remarks: This post is for a duration of 1 year with possibility for extension.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
Applications close: 11 Mar 2016 Jordan Standard Time
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