To contribute to CAFOD’s involvement in Zimbabwe and Eswatini in line with the agreed strategy, by taking the lead on the day-to-day management of CAFOD-supported programmes and partnerships. The scope of the post falls into the following broad functions:
Duties And Responsibilities
Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the CSP
In co-operation with partners, develop and manage CAFOD-supported programmes (this includes long-term development and advocacy), contributing to the development and review of CAFOD’s strategy and programme frameworks for Zimbabwe and Eswatini;
Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) and reporting on programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (programme cycle management) and donor requirements;
In agreement with partners, jointly develop programme and project proposals and assess the existing capacities to manage and implement the work. This includes leading on preparation of funding applications and reports for external funders, in liaison with the Programme Funding Team, and the development of partner capacity development plans to address capacity issues;
Promote, capture and disseminate learning from partners and programmes, and ensure that this informs future programme development;
Realise CAFOD’s principles by acting in line with CAFOD’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally;
Oversee and support (where appropriate) the work of Programme Accompaniers, Programme Support Officers, interns and consultants working on CAFOD-supported programmes;
Respond to emergencies as they occur, as requested by the Country Representative, and in co-ordination with CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department;
Keep up to date with development issues and trends, both within the relevant country or sector, and more generally;
Monitor the political and security context to contribute to CAFOD’s organisational risk assessments and security plans.
Managing effective relationships with partners
Develop, nurture and manage relationships with CAFOD’s partner organisations in line with the principles and standards set in our Partnership Policy, guidance and tools, and in agreement with the Country Representative or Programme Manager;
Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that any shortcomings are addressed;
Invest in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, identifying sources of support, and allocating resources. This can be through a facilitator or by direct provision of specific capacity strengthening support;
Support partners in accessing the tools and support required to successfully implement capacity development plans;
Organise (and where relevant accompany) partners’ visits.
The post-holder will be expected to undertake frequent travel (approximately 12 weeks per year).
Qualifications And Experience
Understanding and first-hand experience of institutional funding work/projects, priorities, trends and donor conditions, including developing high-quality donor funding bids. Ability to build effective donor relationships.
Experience using programme cycle management tools effectively to deliver work within an agreed programme framework, including programme integration;
Able and committed to facilitate or support the development of partners’ capacities; experience of a range of capacity development approaches and techniques Experience with a values-based partnership approach (between northern and southern organisations and communities).
Financial management understanding and experience;
Ability and willingness to travel for approximately 12 weeks per year, sometimes at short notice and to areas of potential risk
Knowledge and experience working on justice and peace building issues in the region. In-depth knowledge of economic, social and political dynamics in Southern Africa and advanced analytical skills.
Proven ability to provide high quality technical advice to partners and CAFOD staff in peace and justice sectors
Candidates must have the current right to work in Zimbabwe
Experience and expertise in PDMEAL is an advantage
Experience of developing and supporting partner-led advocacy work is an advantage
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