Brilliance Executive Management Consultancy Limited

Programme Officer – I NGO

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Job Description

Brilliance Executive Management Consultancy Limited (BEMCONSULT) has been engaged by Diakonia Zambia Country Office to assist in the identification and recruitment of a qualified and competent professional from within the NGO sector for the position of Programme Officer. This position will be based at the Country Office in Lusaka.
Organisation Background
Diakonia is a Swedish faith-based international development organization with the mission and overall goal of changing unfair political, economic, social, and cultural structures that generate poverty, inequality, oppression, and violence. Diakonia has about 400 partner organizations in 30 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa Diakonia employs over 100 staff at country offices in Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali and Burkina Faso; and the Regional Office in Kenya. Diakonia’ s Africa programmes are currently funded by Sweden, Swedish individual sponsors, EU, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UN agencies and private foundations.
Diakonia’ s work focuses on human rights, democracy, and gender justice. Based on our experiences and expertise, we believe that focusing on these three interlinked areas is the best way for us to contribute to eradicating poverty, inequality, oppression, and violence, and to support people of all genders and ages in claiming power and resources. As climate change, environmental degradation, and conflict undermine development gains and increase vulnerabilities, these perspectives are to permeate all Diakonia’ s work. 
Reporting to County Director
Job Purpose
This role forms part of the program team at Diakonia Zambia and will primarily focus on the delivery of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded Deepening democracy grant. The job holder will operate as part of the Programme Unit and will strive to improve the quality of interventions with a specific focus on (a) promoting adaptive management approaches to programme management, (b) advancing stronger learning approaches, and (c) promoting collaborative and data-driven ways of working. S/he will also make payments and monitor expenditures as well as provide technical and management oversight on programme activities implemented by partner organizations to ensure compliance with funding and Global Diakonia requirements.
Summary of Key Responsibilities;

Lead the integration of the FCDO grant into the country office programmes and operational plan.
FCDO Focal point for reporting, compliance (in collaboration with finance and Africa Regional office) and ensuring up to date information shared with management.
Support in the design and development of the country office programmes and operational plan in compliance with global and regional strategic priorities.
Support in research and preparation of concept notes and proposals to support implementation of the country office resource mobilization plan
Participate in planning and developing the country office work plan and budget based on the approved programmatic approach by translating priorities into local interventions.
Participate in identification of national stakeholders and assessment of capacity of implementing/ downstream partners to manage adaptively and identify structural and/or institutional barriers to adaptive management.
Coordinate organizations’ capacity building plans aimed at identifying gaps and the development of capacity strengthening plans.
Support partner organizations in developing effective/ adaptive project reporting systems that ensure all steps of the project cycle are accomplished.
Application of management solutions to enable Diakonia, Programme consortium, national stakeholders, implementing partners to manage the programme with greater agility.
Scenario planning, context monitoring and leading in the development of adaptive strategies among FCDO consortium, national stakeholders, implementing partners.
Monitor implementation of partner projects to ensure that agreed deliverables are produced satisfactorily according to plans in compliance with policy guidelines.
Undertake field visits to evaluate and identify operational issues, problems and risks, ensure compliance to policy guidelines and take timely corrective action.
Ensure compliance to Diakonia’ s PME guidelines at all stages of the project cycle and ensure all supporting documents are uploaded in FixIT.
Provide partners with technical assistance through mentoring, training and workshops to develop their capacity to implement development initiatives.
Develop tools and approaches that enable adaptive management.
Support partners to develop exit strategies to ensure sustainability after project completion.
Coordinate stakeholders across the Consortium, national stakeholders, implementing partners, and government to promote increased dialogue and joint planning and learning.
Facilitate discussions to interpret and respond to the consortium, national stakeholders, implementing partners on data sources for the purpose of improved programming or strategic changes in programming.
Coordinate with Africa Regional Office on compliance and learnings from the project.
Design and/or facilitation of learning events, workshops, strategic dialogues.
Build capacity for adapting to new learning and changes in context through effective approaches.
Conduct assessments, special studies, and analyses in support of learning needs identified by partners/ stakeholders.
Presentation of monitoring and evaluation data in a way that is tailored to the learning needs of partners and key stakeholders.
Consultative engagement with the consortium, national stakeholders and implementing partners around learning needs.
Coordinate and quality assure research work undertaken by consultants and think tanks for the consortium.
Use of non-traditional M&E techniques for adaptive management, such as Most Significant Change, Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting
Advise on M&E approaches that meet different context settings

Required Skills and Competencies

Excellent writing skills and ability to develop accessible content and materials
Ability to respond to needs in a pragmatic way.
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
Dedication to learning and continuous improvement
Ability to handle and work through change in a proactive and positive manner
Demonstrates consistency in upholding integrity and ethics
Ability to understand and speak English
Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork
Effective communications and interpersonal skills
Remain calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.
Respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of views.

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies or related fields
Must have a minimum of 3-5 five years’ relevant work experience in Programme Development and Management with International NGOs
Must have attained Professional Training in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
Must be trained in Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)
Knowledge and experience of various institutional donors and flexible funding modalities
Experience working in or supporting an adaptive or innovative project or program.
Understanding of enablers and barriers to adaptive programming.
Understanding of key governance issues in the country
Experience in developing and delivering multi-stakeholder dialogues
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; and knowledge of online collaborative platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom
Good knowledge of the major local languages (i.e Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga & Bemba)

QUALIFIED WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE ABOVE POSITION
If you meet the hiring requirements for the position, please email your CV in Ms Word and Cover Letter clearly stating your salary expectations to: [email protected] & copy in [email protected]   
Note that, all communications will be kept in the strictest of confidence. If you do not receive communication within 30 days of the closing date of the advert, please consider your application unsuccessful.
DO NOT SEND CERTIFICATES AT THIS STAGE
Closing Date: Friday 16th December 2022

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Job Summary

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Lusaka, Zambia Location
Full Time Job Type
Salary Negotiable ZMW / Month Closes: December 16, 2022
Brilliance Executive Management Consultancy Limited

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