National Programs Director: SOS Children’s Villages Association of Zimbabwe

Deadline: 25 November 2016

SOS Children’s Villages Association of Zimbabwe (SOSCVZ) is a member of SOS Children Villages International. It provides children who have lost parental care with a permanent family home and educational opportunities.  We have 3 villages located in Bulawayo, Bindura and Harare. We have community development projects in Shamva North and South Districts, Chitungwiza and Mabuthweni in Bulawayo. These projects support vulnerable children to access essential services and economically empower households and schools to meet children’s basic needs. We seek an energetic, strategic thinking, and highly organized individual to support the National Association in meeting its objectives.

Purpose of the position
The National Programs Director will be responsible for the operationalization of the strategic programming priorities. She/he will provide overall leadership; oversight and management support for all aspects of programming. S/he will ensure that programs meet community and donor accountability in line with policies and standards and will be responsible for on-going relationships with support countries/donors/ partners. The National Programs Director will contribute to the strategic direction, organizational development, public engagement, quality of programs and their impact on the community.

Major responsibilities
Provide strong leadership to all programs nationally and supporting departments; Contribute to the development of strategy and key priorities of SOSCVZ’s operations and guide organisational change and improvements; Guide organisational change and improvement at a strategic and operational level; Support professional and personal development of all staff through on-the-job coaching, identification of learning and training needs and opportunities; Monitor and evaluate all programs to ensure that they are managed and executed as per the set plans; Develop and implement strategies for intentional and mutual learning among operations staff, between programs and between across regions (a wider geographical area); Manage the sponsorship unit to ensure that standards are adhered to; Advocate/promote the organization and stakeholder transformation according to organization’s vision and core values; Lead in the integration of advocacy, emergency, sectoral programs (e,g, child protection) in programming across all funding types; Review alignment of budgets between National Office, projects, grants, and support countries; Coordinate planning and budgeting process and provide technical support, to ensure global and regional guidelines are met; Provide oversight of grants ensuring that grant funded projects are implemented in time, on scope, on budget and meeting defined quality expectations; Assess and report on risks that the program may experience, and ensure proper risk mitigation and management system is in place; Work with the Program Development & Monitoring and Evaluation Unit and ensure the integration of quality assurance practices in all programmatic and functional areas; In coordination with the National Director and support countries, develop and maintain pro-active relationships with bilateral and multilateral representatives in country; In coordination with the National Director, develop and maintain good relationships with national government ministries, other NGOs and the development sector; In coordination with the National Director, and programme staff, participate in national level coalitions on specific advocacy issues.

Education/knowledge/technical skills and experience
Bachelors’ degree in International Development, Business Administration, Public Health, Rural Development or any other Social Sciences; Master’s degree in Development, Social Sciences, Management or other field applicable to community development is a plus; Minimum of 7 years’ managerial experience in a Senior Programming Portfolio and Program Management; Have a thorough understanding of all areas of project management cycles in an international development organization; Have experience good track record in proposal development, funding acquisitions and grant management for major government donors; Ability to engage at a strategic level with senior government, UN and other NGO officials;     Ability to lead a team with an empowering and outcome oriented approach; Strong budgetary and financial management skills; Good interpersonal, organizational and time management skills; Ability to solve complex problems and to exercise independent judgment; Highly Computer literate in Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes or similar database, email and internet programs; Ability to travel within the country as well as regional and international

To apply
Please submit detailed personal profile / CV to:
Both Female and Male prospective candidates are all encouraged to apply