Job Profile – Programme Coordinator
Mott MacDonald is an employee-owned management, development and engineering consultancy serving the public and private sector around the world, with more than 16,000 staff worldwide.
Our International Development Services Unit, IDS, operates portfolios within the international development sectors of Environment, Climate, Water, Roads, Rural & Urban Development, Education, Health, Social and Economic Development in over 40 countries. Together we implement and manage projects in developing countries and emerging economies around the world, supporting national governments and municipalities in policy, planning, project design and delivery. We are committed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to provide our expertise to improve the lives of people in need.
We are seeking District-level Programme Coordinator for longterm roles on a complex DFID-funded post-earthquake reconstruction programme covering four Districts (Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa). The programme aim is long-term positive change in the lives of people in earthquake-affected regions of Nepal.
The implementation phase of the programme is due to commence in May 2018 for a 4.5 year duration and will work in about 42 rural and urban municipalities in the four core districts and adjacent areas most affected by the earthquake. It comprises five Output Areas:
- Support and provide capacity building to Government at central, district and local level in detailed year-wise reconstruction planning.
- Direct physical reconstruction, including subcontracting and supervision of agreed priority earthquake reconstruction interventions, including reconstruction of water supply, foot trails, bridges, schools, public buildings, and potentially other areas.
- Analysis of, and interventions to address, constraints to the private sector, including supply of labour, materials and transport in the construction sector.
- Managing a Challenge Fund to leave no-one behind in the reconstruction effort and promote transformational change for women and girls.
- An evaluation and learning component.
The role of the Programme Coordinator is evolving as the changes resulting from decentralisation take effect, and will require a politically sensitive approach with a strong focus on social inclusion as well as sound technical skills. The responsibilities will include coordination of activities between Output Areas at District and Municipality levels. The coordinators will be based in the District Headquarters and will have complementary skills in WASH, other infrastructure livelihoods and social development.They will provide specialist expertise in one technical field as well as being able to work across disciplines with local authorities in their area of geographical responsibility. Frequent travel to rural municipalities throughout the project area will be required.
Reporting to the Deputy Team Leader, the Programme Coordinator will:
- Ensure a coordinated approach to all Output Areas across 10-15 rural and urban municipalities, and resolve problems related to coordination.
- Lead communication and stakeholder engagement activities with local government,civil society and private sector as well as DFID field offices.
- Coordinate field activities for selection, quality assurance, monitoring of activities in all Output Areas across the municipalities.
- Collaborate with other District-level Programme Coordinators and provide specialist support in own area of expertise where appropriate.
- Ensure the timely submission of financial and operational reports
- Participate in program review meetings;
- Perform other duties as required by the programme
- At least 7 years’ experience in rural development in Nepal, including capacity building, and institutional strengthening and delivery
- At least three years’ experience in programme management including coordination of multi-disciplinary teams, preferably on a donor-funded international development projects (DFID experience an advantage)
- At least three years’ experience working with minority or disadvantaged groups in the Hills, and a strong sensitivity to the challenges of social inclusion
- Demonstrated understanding of the challenges of post-earthquake reconstruction
- Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, but also a team player with the willingness to learn and support the learning of others
- Proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with Government at local levels to ensure effective implementation and sustainable management of infrastructure
- Ability to work effectively under pressure and to manage competing priorities;
- Willing to travel extensively throughout the project area, including on foot as well as by jeep and motorbike
- Attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks effectively and efficiently and balance competing priorities within a short timeframe
- Fluency in written and spoken Nepali and English is essential, and fluencyin relevant local languages spoken in the project area would be a strong asset.
Please apply at the following link by 31-May-2018