Title: Regional Program Manager
Div/Dept: Regional Office/Programs
Location: Zambia
Reporting Relationship: Regional Director
ChildFund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.
Purpose of the role
The Regional Program Manager is responsible for providing strategic leadership in  program design, implementation and evaluation ensuring alignment of national office program strategies with organization’s core intent, program outcomes, and sectoral program standards, as well as with local context, government development and poverty reduction plans, community priorities, partnership and donor opportunities
Essential Duties/Responsibilities
Strategic leadership
  • Responsible for coordination of regional, national office and IO global program initiatives to strengthen program quality and promote the implementation and integration of programs; provides a clear vision, strategic directions and objectives on program development and implementation at regional and NO level
  • Responsible for development and execution, with NO/RO staff, a regional program framework & implementation plan in line with core intent and core outcomes assuring alignment among international, regional, and country strategies
  • Support NO in the development and implementation of transition plans to broad localized programs
Technical expertise in programs
  • Responsible for  strengthening NOs technical capacities to integrate cross-cutting issues such as gender, interculturality, child protection, children & youth agency, environment conservation, community participation, advocacy, disaster mitigation, and accountability in project management; provide technical support for national office monitoring systems and processes
  • Ensure programs implemented comply with organizational policies and standards, the Convention of the Rights of the Child, local law and other relevant standards
  • Contribute to the formulation of organizational policy and strategies via active participation in cross-functional taskforces and teams.
  • Responsible for coordination with RO/NO program staff, the documentation, dissemination and promotion of best practices and lessons learned internally; contribute to and coordinate the development and yearly publication of technical papers by regional program sector advisors/specialists.
Ensure program quality in the region
  • Devise and facilitate mechanisms for NO Technical Teams and RO program advisors/specialists to engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain (health, nutrition, education, ECCD, etc).
  • Provide support and/or coordinate implementation of program evaluations (i.e. PALs)  to assure learning opportunities that lead to improved program delivery
  • Contribute to successful regional team performance through cooperation with team members in the implementation of team purpose, objectives and activities, and the regional operational plan; serve as member of leadership team; participate in regional budget planning and management process.
Relationship building
  • Responsible for the development and cultivation of relations with potential donors, partners and alliances; actively engage in networks and consortia, to raise the organization’s visibility in the region around core program, as well as to influence policy on child protection, child development, youth agency, children’s rights and other critical strategic issues, impacting children and communities across the region
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development or a field related to the organization’s core program, Finance, Business or equivalent relevant work experience. post graduate degree preferred
  • Post graduate degree in a related field, e.g. International Development, Public Health, Education, Child development, Community Development
  • 10+ years’ experience in child-centered program development, community development, poverty reduction, NGO management or other related fields
Skills required
  • Ability to lead strategic initiatives
  • Evidence of critical and analytical thinking; pragmatic problem-solver/able to
  • Proven proposal development, budget & resource management skills and experience
  • Ability to train/develop others in program development, evidence based programming and related issues
  • High level coordination, facilitation & negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to build relationships internally and externally; Cross-cultural sensitivity & experience
  • Effective under pressure, results oriented & proactive
  • Commitment to continuous learning and professional integrity
  • Fluency in English required, Other languages e.g  French, Spanish or Portuguese is an added advantage
% of travel time
Required travel of 30 – 40% in developing nations
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