Multi-Sectoral Consortium Manager
*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The purpose of this position is to directly oversee UN OCHA SHF-funded multi-sectoral programme in Blue Nile State (BNS) worth over US$ 2.6M. This will entailproviding strategic and operational leadership to consortium partners to implement an integrated livelihood, education and WASH (multi-sectoral) programme; ensuring adherence to overall technical and operational quality in implementation;in compliance with SHF & WV rules and regulations, and the timely submission of all deliverables, including work plans, performance monitoring and evaluation plans, and internal and external reports. The post holder will be the principal representative and point of convergence of all Consortium activities, fostering integration, complementarity and harnessing the diverse resources of consortium members, the State and Locality governments and UN agencies including UNICEF and FAO. The CM will act as the liaison between the Oversight Committee, the Project Management Unit (PMU) and various technical advisory experts hosted within Consortium members. The CM will represent the programme and consortium members during external meetings and other forums.
This position will be based in Damazine (Blue Nile State) or Khartoum with travel to project locations (70 per cent).
Establish, implement and report onthe SHF-funded multi-cluster programme:
Set-up the SHF programme as per the design detailed in proposal documentation (narrative, logframe, budget, PMP) and the contract with the funder/s in close collaboration with consortium partners, relevant government line ministries and other stakeholders.
Be directly accountable and responsible for the delivery of the programme ensuring quality assurance in conformity with SHF &World Vision’s technical approaches, models and project management standards. This includes development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and technical approaches to ensure standardisation of approaches and models in delivery.
In collaboration with consortium members and other WVS departments such as M&E and Finance, develop project performance tracking tools (workplans, Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPS), PMPs, expenditure plans, procurement plans etc) and oversee the deployment of these tracking tools to ensure effective and efficient delivery the programme.
Provide timely scheduled and ad hoc reporting on implementation progress to SHF, the Oversight Committee, the PMU and other stakeholders including HAC and government line ministries.
Provide effective oversight of the Consortium’s resources including the budget in collaboration with consortium members and WVS’s finance team.
Provide hands-on leadership in developing procurement plans and in the procurement of goods and services in conformity with WVS procurement guidelines.
Lead continual development and embedding of a learning culture throughout the programme; ensuring lessons learnt are proactively used to design new projects and iteratively used to influence implementation of ongoing projects.
Contribute to programme development and quality assurance:
Provide strategic and operational advice on programming in BNS to consortium members.
Initiate and manage needs assessment and surveys aimed at determining existing humanitarian needs or evaluating the impact of the SHF-funded projects.
Support programme quality assurance teams including the Accountability Department in verifying implementation status and soliciting and responding to communities’ feedback.
Management, Security and other Responsibilities:
Identify vacancies and support WVS and other consortium members to fill the vacancies ensuring adequate resourcing for each position before appointment (this entails developing and reviewing role profiles / job descriptions, advertising vacant positions, managing the interviewing processes, making appointments, overseeing orientation and probation periods).
Develop Performance Agreements (PAs)with clear and measurable Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and regularly review staff performance in line with WVS policies and agreed upon weekly / monthly work plans.
Oversee staff retention and capacity development.
Review staffing structure for each location to improve performance, accountability and delivery.
Manage staff exit processes in a way that reduces liability on WVS and Consortium members.
Act as the Security Focal Point ensuring conformity to WVS Security and Evacuation protocols and revision of the mentioned protocols on ad hoc basis to reflect changes in the environment and on an annual basis.
Representation and coordination.
Participate in coordination, representation and partnership initiatives including contributing to UN-led cluster groups, government plans.
Ensure representation in UN-led cluster groups in Khartoum, in Damazine and at locality levels is integrated and iterative.
Ensure this programme’s activities are integrated with and complimentary of the government&UN broader strategies for BNS.
In close collaboration with consortium agencies, maintain and develop partnership relationships with key government line ministries and other stakeholders.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
University degree in Rural Development or other relevant disciplines, with additional training in Project Cycle Management.
At least six (6) years progressive experience in managing large, multi-year programmes.
Hands on experience in developing and using programme performance tracking tools.
Experience in managing large programmesfunded by the major bilateral and multi-lateral donors such UN, as DFID, EC, USAID / OFDA and others.
Proposal and report writing experience.
Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.
Willingness to live and travel in harsh conditions.
Professional training in project management.
Expert level understanding of MS Excel, MS Word and other Microsoft applications.
People management training and understanding principles of ‘People in Aid’.
Fluency in English language.
Experience in the use and understanding of common funding pools including Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF).
Experience in designing and conducting programme assessments and evaluations.
Knowledge and awareness of Sudan or a similar fragile context.
Working knowledge of Arabic.
Training and experience in the protection sector, particularly of children in conflict environments; is highly desirable.
Working Environment / Conditions:
Field based (over 80 per cent)