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Christian Blind Mission (CBM) Zimbabwe is an International disability inclusive development NGO which works in cooperation with local partners in complementing the government's development agenda. Inclusive recruitment of staff is a priority for the organisation which seeks to promote meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of our work. The organization seeks to recruit a Country Programme Manager who will be responsible and accountable for developing and managing the effective implementation of the programme components of CBM’s Country Plan in line with the Federation strategy and in close collaboration and coordination with relevant Initiatives and Member Associations. Maintain solid relationships with partners, take responsibility for ensuring with them that they adhere to CBM’s programme standards and reporting requirements and that CBM also meets its partnership commitments. Effectively manage a complex country programme portfolio, including programme and budget development, monitoring and evaluation. Manage country-level alliances and relationships with advocacy partners including DPOs. Foster a culture of learning. May deputise for the Country Director.
General: Provide programmatic leadership in the development and implementation of the Country Plan, aligned with the Federation; Put in place an effective M&E framework to regularly measure progress on implementing the Country Plan, drawing and sharing lessons learned and applying adaptive management; 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; Support partners in documenting good practice cases and promote knowledge sharing among partners and within CBM; Ensure partner and project data are managed in line with data protection rules, and that updated programme records are kept.
Partnership Management: Support the Country Director in maintaining strong partnerships and diversifying partnerships by identifying new partners in support of the Country Plan; 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; Support funding diversification strategies with partners and oversee the phase out of partnerships where agreed, through jointly prepared exit plans with the partner; Promote, respond to, document and share partner feedback regarding their relationship with CBM and associated partnership requirements; Immediately report any critical issues and incidents that are in breach of partnership agreements and support the follow-up resolution process.
Programme / Project Management: 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 man made disaster; 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; Ensure high quality of project and programme plans with effective delivery and fulfilment of objectives and utilisation of budgets; Ensure partners and own staff are fully informed of donor requirements and are capable to meet them; 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; Document and support partners to document good practice cases and promote knowledge sharing among partners and within CBM; Support the reporting of partners in line with standards and donor requirements; Facilitate input from technical experts into project development and implementation; Jointly with partners, develop and monitor the implementation of exit strategies for projects / programmes; Support the Finance Manager in ensuring that partners and colleagues understand and respect CBM’s financial framework for project implementation; 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.
Advocacy, technical advice and representation (where no dedicated function): With the Country Director, promote the organization and its mission to local partners and authorities; Represent CBM at relevant in-country meetings, conferences, and workshops; Manage engagement with national alliances, partners and in particular DPOs to define and support national advocacy priorities; Coordinate efforts to strengthen and support DPO organisations and movements; Coordinate the delivery of DID technical advice in Disability Inclusive Development to government and other organizations, in alignment with the DID initiative and Country Plan; Ensure effective vertical integration between community level project work and national and global advocacy work.
Communication and resource mobilisation (where no dedicated function): Monitor in-country calls for proposals from institutional donors and support the Country Director in building focused relationships with representatives of such donors and other NGOs with whom CBM can collaborate; Work with partners to gather and share quality and timely project information and content to support CBM’s internal and external communication enabling Member Associations to demonstrate impact in their donor communication; Acts as a convincing spokesperson on all programme related matters internally and externally.
Team supervision (where relevant): Manage and coach the CBM country programme staff, which includes: selection, job description updates, performance management, capacity development planning, work plans and follow up, delegation and motivation; Model and promote the inclusion of persons with disability in the programme team in the Country Office.
Deputise for the Country Director as required; Carry out role-specific responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk (as guided by CBM’s respective policies) in programmes and enforce this with any colleagues and partners; Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Country Director.
Desired skills and competencies
Experience: 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; Experience in developing and managing large scale institutionally funded projects, including consortium led projects; 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; Demonstrated experience in managing internal and external relationships and partnerships particularly with national / local governments; Experience in working with various government / bi-lateral / major.
Skills and competencies :
Skilled in sustaining collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders, internal and external; Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills; A self-starter. Proactive, resourceful, a high level of autonomy and entrepreneurial; Diligent, persistent with a can-do, positive attitude; Ability to demonstrate focus, coordination, prioritization skills and decisiveness, and meeting tight deadlines; Lived experience of disability and knowledge of disability issues an advantage; Passionate about effecting change at national level for and alongside people with disabilities and their communities, with a deep commitment to the vision of CBM and sympathetic to our Christian values; Ability to work diplomatically and with sensitivity with individuals from a variety of cultures, professions and personal backgrounds; English (professional proficiency), and local language (professional proficiency as relevant).
Relevant university degree in social sciences, project management, international development or related field, or equivalent experience.
The future job holder will adhere to CBM’s values and commit to CBM’s code of conduct and Safeguarding Policy. In this regard reference checks and background checks on applicants will be performed including police clearance on child related offenses in conformity with CBM safeguarding policy. CBM encourages qualified women and persons with disabilities to apply for the position.
Submit your Curriculum Vitae and application letter via email to [email protected] clearly indicating “Country Programme Manager ” on the subject of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.