British High Commission Jobs in South Africa - Programme Manager Vacancies

British High Commission Jobs in South Africa - Programme Manager Vacancies

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Background and main purpose of job:

In November 2015, the UK Government announced a new cross-Government Prosperity Fund with the primary aim of supporting growth in partner countries.

South Africa is a priority partner country for the Fund, and the Prime Minister announced around £50m of such programmes for South Africa during her bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Ramaphosa in London in April 2018.

We are recruiting a Programme Manager to lead this programme in South Africa and oversee its inception and delivery in partnership with the City administrations, the contracted delivery partner (to be procured in early 2019) and multilateral/ NGO development organisations.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to deliver a key and visible component of the Prosperity Fund which – in the South African context – seeks to reduce urban poverty and break down the spatial legacy of apartheid while creating new opportunities for job creation, business and trade.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Programme Management

  • Deploy robust programme management skills at scale, leading on programme risk management;
  • Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning; transitional procurement and financial arrangements; governance at Post and with London; and contract management.
  • Utilise strong insight into the impact of the programme and communicate that among programme stakeholders.

    Stakeholder Engagement

  • Build and maintain relationships with programme partners in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg; global and local implementing partners; and wider stakeholders in South African Government and civil society.
  • This will include pre-empting risks, ensuring that projects are delivering to plan and leveraging opportunities to enhance the programme’s sustained impact, intervening with High Commission colleagues and London-based programme leads where necessary, and robustly representing UK whole of Government interests with those partners.

    Secondary Benefits

  • Support the delivery of secondary prosperity benefits of the programme by increasing the visibility of UK investment in the programme and thought leadership in the sector.
  • Identify commercial opportunities in the
    Future Cities sphere to expand that market for international (including UK) trade and investment and partner effectively with the Secondary Benefits Advisers and Department for International Trade in South Africa to respond.

    Policy Leadership

  • Develop expertise in the development challenges facing South African cities while monitoring changes in the political, social and commercial landscape. In time, serve as a key contact between City officials and High Commission and Prosperity
  • Fund teams and identify opportunities to support shared priorities. Share insights from the programme to enhance UK Government understanding of development issues in city contexts.

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • University degree relevant to the job
  • Understanding of ODA/ international development
  • Minimum 5 years work experience, ideally managing programmes in an international development context
  • Experience in overseeing the delivery of complex programmes
  • Passion for inclusive growth
  • Excellent computer skills, primarily using
  • Microsoft Office applications and managing information in compliance with departmental rules and best practice

  • Expertise or experience in local government in South Africa
  • Qualifications in urban design, infrastructure, transport, planning or resilience
  • Familiarity with UK city systems and commercial expertise
  • Familiarity with UK Government development objectives and practices
  • Budget management, procurement and financial reporting experience
  • A strong understanding of gender issues
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with different audiences

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 7th April 2019
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Pretoris are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in South Africa.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Jobs in South Africa - Programme Manager Vacancies

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