Job Vacancy For Head of Programme

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Summary of key results:

1) Programme governance, implementation and monitoring
2) Programme development and planning
3) Manage programme resources
4) Partnership networking and advocacy
5) Knowledge management and innovation

1. Programme governance, implementation and monitoring

• Accept responsibility for project portfolio oversight as delegated by the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director and through the role of Project Executive on Project Boards.
• In collaboration with other business units, develop the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO)
• multi year business plan in line with the AFR and UNOPS corporate plan and lead the implementation of the programme component
• Establish and execute the programme implementation plans in collaboration with the team and partners, including setting objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely delivery and client-oriented services.
• Monitor and supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the programme according to UNOPS goals and partner expectations, agreed quality standards, approved budget and full cost recovery, and in line with signed Legal Agreements
• Supervise the Programme Management Office (PMO) and its set up, to ensure that project management governance, policies, processes and methods are complied with and practiced according to the UNOPS standards, best project management practices are promoted, and overall assurance of projects is provided.
• Ensure proactive programme and project risk identification and assessment and implementation of adequate mitigation measures.
• Mentor and assist Project Managers in planning, execution and delivery of allocated projects, ensuring incorporation of best practice project management processes,and participating in the monitoring and evaluation of their projects.
• Facilitate timely and accurate project tracking, analysis of outputs, and reporting.

2. Programme development and planning

• Support the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director in ensuring the financial sustainability of the programme and delivery of desired results, compliance with organisational strategies, rules, regulations and standards of performance.
• Submit mandated reports and critical issues to the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director and clients, to drive future process improvement and business development planning.
• Analyse and keep abreast of political and development trends in the geographical area, to identify and propose to the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director areas for UNOPS engagement and support based on priorities in the relevant geography, strategic areas of focus and comparative advantage.
• Manage and oversee the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans and risk assessments).
• Ensure the accurate and timely completion of programme/business recommendations for the review and approval of the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director.
• Consult and collaborate with internal and external colleagues and partners to ensure linkages, consistency, and harmonisation of approaches and compliance with guidelines, framework and standards of accountability, integrity and performance.
• Act as the Gender Focal Point for the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) to assume accountability for the Gender Mainstreaming in the Country Office/Multi Country Office, including Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan being actioned and timely implemented, as well as ensuring that the office has required gender mainstreaming capacity and knowledge, and that gender is mainstreamed into relevant projects, programs, and processes.

3. Manage programme resources

• Plan and propose to the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director, required programme resources (human and financial).
• Compile from the Project Managers, monitor and submit revenue and expenditure forecasts based on UNOPS and Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) financial goals.
• Determine pricing strategies based on UNOPS pricing policy and models to ensure an appropriate balance between revenue and development capacity within UN mandate and spirit.
• Manage programme resources in accordance with UNOPS standards of ethics, integrity and accountability framework and financial sustainability.
• Plan, recruit, manage and develop programme personnel/technical experts with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance and encourage the formation of diverse teams.
• Promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity by providing the programme team with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently and also to facilitate collaboration with other business units.
• Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.
• Plan, conduct and/or respond to UNOPS performance evaluation reviews and surveys.

4. Partnership, networking and advocacy

• Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of UNOPS competencies in project service delivery and management.
• Support the business development function by identifying and developing new business and partnership/customer opportunities.
• Work closely with the partnership unit to ensure and facilitate the capture of lessons learnt from programme and project implementation into new opportunities and engagement development, as well as the adequate identification of risks and mitigation measures.
• Contribute to current and future growth plans for the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO),ensuring alignment with the UNOPS Strategic Plan.
• Support Communication Specialists to develop communication strategies to maximise communication impact and outreach and build awareness of UNOPS goals and competencies to reinforce UNOPS competitive edge as a provider of sustainable projects results.
• At the request of the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) Director participate and/or represent the Ghana Multi Country Office (GHMCO) in inter-agency discussions and planning to ensure UNOPS position, interests and priorities are fully considered.

5. Knowledge management and innovation

• Keep abreast of and incorporate best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the programme delivery and results.
• Operationalise and share best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building.
• Draft policy papers and/or recommend policy changes to align operations with changing environments.
• Lead the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, clients and stakeholders within the programme.

Qualification Required & Experience

Education

• A Master’s degree in engineering, project management, public administration, social science or other relevant related field is required.
• A combination of a Bachelor's degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above

B. Work Experience

• A minimum of 7 years of experience managing engineering or procurement projects or that combines strategic and managerial leadership in social development, business development, executive management and/or programme management planning and operations in an international environment.
• Some experience in UN system organizations preferably in a developing country is desirable.

C. Language

• Full working knowledge of English is essential. .
• Fluency in one or more additional official UNOPS languages is an advantage

D. Certification

• PRINCE2 Foundation/Practitioner an asset, but required completion within the first 6 months of onboarding.
• Programme/Project Management Professional (MSP® or PMI-PgMP/PMI-PMP) an asset

Location: Accra

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Closing Date: 22 June, 2021
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