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Regional Programme Managers

The Regional Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence (RMCE) offers training, advisory and information services on regional integration matters, to senior public policy makers, private sector executives and civil society leaders working to accelerate growth and development in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region through regional integration.

RMCE is sponsored and has links to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) and their Member States.

Role and Responsibilities

The RPM will report to the Executive Director. His/her key performance areas are:

  • Work with regional organisations and national level clients from the private and public sectors to identify their training and advisory service needs;
  • Develop a clearly articulated framework for service provision and impact (in the form of a monitoring and evaluation framework) that serves to address these needs;
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships with clients, service providers and funders who will sponsor and deliver services as specified;
  • Manage and oversee the design and delivery of training courses, workshops, conferences, technical advisory services etc. within delegated financial limits, in accordance with RMCE’s financial management and procurement procedures;
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the future research and online services.
  • Contribute to RMCE’s regular programme reporting to relevant stakeholders.
  • Contribute to RMCE’s marketing and promotional activities and provide regular inputs into RMCE’s communications work.
  • Capture and disseminate best practices from regional offices and ensure that they are replicated across other regional offices (including through RMCE communication channels).

    Profile of the Regional Programme Managers

    Education & Experience

    Candidates must have the following:

  • Bachelors’ degree with at least 10 years’ relevant work experience; or Masters’deg ree with at least 3-5 years relevant work experience. Degree qualifications must be in either economics/economics-related or business/commercial related.
  • Experience should be in one or more of the core areas of listed above;
  • Experience in high level negotiations with donor partners & national governments & regional inter-governmental bodies;
  • Ability to conceptualise, negotiate, implement, quality assure and evaluate joint programming and programmes within the development partner community;
  • Strong track record in management of development assistance projects, including in the budgeting and accounting for project expenditure;
  • Knowledge and experience of organising training and advisory services an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience of ESA-IO region will be an added advantage.

    Languages:

    For the above posts, candidates should be fluent in English. Working knowledge of French would be an advantage.

    Application details

    Link to Standard COMESA Application form: All Applications should be accompanied by a completed standard COMESA Application Form, which can be found on the COMESA website (www.comes.int), under the heading "Opportunities".

    Applications should be submitted by email or fax to the address below.

    Applicants should indicate clearly which of the five core areas they are applying for.

    The Secretary General
    COMESA Centre, Cairo Road
    P O Box 30051
    10101 Lusaka, Zambia
    Fax: (260)211 227318
    E-mail: recruitment [at] comesa.int.

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