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Programme Manager

Location: Patna
Closing date: 14th November 2012

Purpose Of The Post
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Chief, Field Office, the incumbent will coordinate the operational aspects of the programme for efficient and effective programme implementation and advocacy in the state of Bihar. The incumbent will also coordinate the convergent district interventions of different programmes for piloting and demonstrating results for subsequent scale-up across the State.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Supervises the day to day programme management of the Programme Sectors both on State as well as on District Level. Establishes programme work plans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and ongoing staff development needs.

2.    Leads the integration of programming in the convergent districts. Provides guidance and direction for convergent programme planning, implementation and analysis through ongoing consultations with various units, especially on general policy direction and influencing as well as programme management.

3.    Represents UNICEF in meetings with senior state government officials as well as multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, to influence policy development, advocate and promote UNICEF programme goals and objectives, and communicate with major partners on organizational policies.  Participates in tripartite and other meetings with ministries responsible for programme/project development and reviews, and follows up on the implementation of recommendations and agreements.


4.    Approves and monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated in accordance with the Programme Budget Allotments (PBA). Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds.

5.    Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners. Undertakes field visits and surveys to monitor and evaluate implementation, identifies problems and proposes remedial action. Identifies or decides on alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve programme delivery and ensure capacity building and programme sustainability.

6.    Supervises the preparation of relevant programme reports required for management, the Executive Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

7.    Deputizes for the Chief of Field Office. Supports overall management through participation in management meetings to review office operations, human resources, programme and administrative budgets. Acts as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Chief of Field Office and represents him/her in meetings in fields of social and development policy with full authority to take decisions in non-policy issues. Advises the Chief of Field Office on the overall direction of the programmes and operations and assists in discussions with Delhi on ICO overall policy and programme direction. 

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

 a) Education

Master’s degree from a recognized university in Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Public Health, Education or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

b) Work Experience

At least eight years of professional work experience at the state and national level in social development including management and monitoring & evaluation of flagship programmes.

c) Languages

Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

d) Competency Profile: 

i)  Core Values (Required)

• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

•  Communication [ II ] •  Working with People [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

•   Leading and Supervising  [ II ] •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [ II ]             
•  Analyzing   [ II ]   •  Relating and Networking   [ II ]    •  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ] 
•  Persuading and Influencing [ II ] •  Creating and Innovating [ II ]  

(iv)Technical Knowledge 

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)

                  b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

•  Methodology of programme/project management

•  UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.

•  Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches.

•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

•  UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.


c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

•  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.

•  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

•  UN security operations and guidelines.

•  UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.

COMPETENCIES (Indicate what key competencies are required, such as computer knowledge, management, communications, negotiating or training skills, etc.)

·        ·        Demonstrated ability for management and ability to manage change
·        Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation. 
·        A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
·        Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
·        Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships
·        Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
·        Ability to manage, supervise and direct a team of professional staff.
·        Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
·        Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
·        UNICEF core competencies

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 14th November 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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