Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time TBD
1. About CBM
Christian Blind Mission is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
2. Core Purpose
Acts in the Role of Programme Specialist in Zambia. The programme manager is responsible and accountable for developing and managing the effective implementation of the programme components of CBM’s Country Plan, in close collaboration with the International Office, Regional Office and Initiatives. Maintains solid relationships with partners, takes responsibility for ensuring with them that they adhere to CBM’s programme standards and reporting requirements and that CBM also meets its partnership commitments.
3. General Responsibilities
a) Provide programmatic leadership in the development and implementation of the Country Plan, aligned with the International strategy.
b) Support the Country Director in analysing external trends, challenges and opportunities relevant to CBM’s disability inclusion focus and/or requiring a programmatic response by CBM, including disaster vulnerability, and share with internal stakeholders.
c) Support partners in documenting good practice cases and promote knowledge sharing among partners and within CBM.
d) Ensure partner and project data are managed in line with data protection rules, and that updated programme records are kept.
e) Support the Country Director in maintaining strong partnerships and diversifying partnerships by identifying new partners in support of the Country Plan.
f) Organize and conduct initial and regularly updated organisational capacity assessments and/or partnership reviews, jointly develop plans to address capacity gaps, identify solutions, monitor implementation and document learning.
g) Support funding diversification strategies with partners and oversee the phase out of partnerships where agreed, through jointly prepared exit-plans with the partner
h) Immediately report any critical issues and incidents that are in breach of partnership agreements and support the follow-up resolution process.
i) Identify project opportunities with partners under CBM’s Country Plan and in line with national development plans. Lead on the rapid development of emergency response projects with partners in the event of natural or manmade disaster.
j) Guide and coordinate joint project and/or multi-year planning processes with partners, CBM Initiatives/technical teams and Member Associations, ensuring the quality and sustainability of results in line with CBM and donor requirements.
k) Ensure high quality of project and programme plans with effective delivery and fulfilment of objectives and utilisation of budgets
l) Promote the inclusion of monitoring, evaluation and learning components in project plans; plan and conduct mid and end-term project evaluations with partners and support the dissemination of learning.
m) Document and support partners to document good practice cases and promote knowledge sharing among partners and within CBM.
n) Facilitate input from technical experts into project development and implementation.
o) Jointly with partners, develop and monitor the implementation of exit strategies for projects/programmes.
p) Support the Finance Manager in ensuring that partners and colleagues understand and respect CBM’s financial framework for project implementation.
q) Closely collaborate with the Finance Manager to ensure that programme and financial aspects of project design, budgeting and implementation go together, and that project monitoring and evaluation is comprehensive.
r) With the Country Director, promote the organization and its mission to local partners and authorities.
s) Represent CBM at relevant in-country meetings, conferences, and workshops.
4. Education, Knowledge & Professional Experience
a) Relevant university degree in social sciences, international development or related field.
b) Professional experience of 10 years in a national or international NGO with a minimum of 5 years at senior level, with a track record in successfully designing and managing large inclusive development and/or humanitarian programmes in collaboration with national partners.
c) Experience in developing and managing large scale institutionally funded projects, including consortium led projects.
d) Proven experience in results-based management and project cycle management, including assessment, monitoring and evaluation, with a sound understanding of budgeting and programme finance management.
e) Demonstrated experience in managing internal and external relationships and partnerships particularly with national / local governments.
f) Experience in working with various government/bi-lateral/major institutional donors.
g) Experience of developing rights-based programmes and working with marginalised and excluded groups.
h) Proven skills in people and team management and coaching, with a focus on capacity development and performance management.
i) Ability to work diplomatically and with sensitivity with individuals from a variety of cultures, professions and personal backgrounds.
j) Advantage of lived experience with disability.
k) Experience of working with persons with disabilities or promoting disability rights a distinct advantage.
l) Commitment to CBM’s mission, vision and values.
5. Languages and Tools
a) English (professional proficiency)
b) Local language (professional proficiency as relevant)
c) Advanced MS Office
d) Knowledge in MS Navision and MS Sharepoint solutions an advantage
6. Core Competencies
Building collaborative relationships
The future job holder will adhere to CBM’s values and commits to CBM’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy. CBM encourages persons with disabilities to apply for this position.
If interested in this role, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]
Application deadline: 13th May 2022.