AECOM Regional Program Manager in Juba, South Sudan

Business Line IDEV

Position Title Regional Program Manager

SSD - Juba

Juba

Job Summary

AECOM International Development implements the Viable Support to Transition and Stability (VISTAS) program for the USAID Office of Transition and Conflict Mitigation (OTCM). The VISTAS program goal is to mitigate the further spread of communal violence and rising tensions in critical areas where conflict may have national implications. In support of this goal, VISTAS program focuses on activities that increase space and tools to manage conflict and tensions; build cross-line interdependency to promote peaceful co-existence; promote more informed community and engage communities in trauma awareness to lay the foundation for healing and reconciliation.

Background:

The Regional Program Manager (RPM) at Large oversees program activities in one or more of VISTAS’ regions, field offices, including roving teams, and/or temporary placements in the assigned regions. Program activity includes design, implementation, office and team management, security, logistics and procurement that is done in the field. The RPM also plays a strong role in strategic development, analysis and representation to local authorities. S/he reports to the Deputy Chief of Party- Programs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight for all of the program and operations for assigned regional field office(s) and supervise the activity implementation teams as assigned by the DCOP-Programs or COP; e.g., Aweil, Rumbek, Bentiu, and/or Malakal.

  • Manage or support operations in field office(s) as needed and assigned by DCOP, including assets, personnel, and programmatic activities. Note: Where an acting RPM remains in place in the field, s/he will have RPM level authorities – if previously delegated by the COP - and can be delegated appropriate responsibilities by the RPM at Large and DCOP.

  • Support the implementation of Transition Activity Pool (TAP) activities including in-kind grants and sub-contracts, including direct supervision of multiple Acting RPMs;

  • Maintain proactive communications with AISS Juba senior management on all aspects of program and field office operations;

  • Work with Acting RPMs to develop implementation plans and pipelines; prepare programmatic and operational financial projections for the field offices in close collaboration with the team and Juba staff;

  • Coordinate closely with engineers / construction supervisors on infrastructure activities (few infrastructure projects anticipated););

  • Conduct weekly field team meetings to review and discuss status of grant development and implementation, progress evaluated and next steps agreed;

  • Advise and facilitate the field teams to:

  • Maintain a contextualized strategy for conflict mitigation and transition;

  • Understand the work plan and to identify targeted, high-impact program activities which meet the objectives of the regional program strategy;

  • Identify viable local grantees, local contractors, local technical consultants, and other potential local program implementers;

  • Ensure that procurement, finance, logistics, and programmatic aspects of each activity are being implemented on-time and in accordance with the specifications of the approved activity;

  • Review weekly activity notes and bi-weekly reports coming from the field offices before submitting to the Information Team.

  • Support field teams in each grant throughout the "activity cycle" to maintain quality, support preparation of all sub-grant documents, ensure completion of project budgeting and contracts which adhere to AISS and USAID/OTCM rules and regulations, and ensure accurate budget tracking throughout implementation;

  • Ensure that all activities are entered in the grants database;

  • Ensure all grant documentation is uploaded to the One Source online database;

  • Collaborate with the M&E manager to develop, monitor, evaluate and recommend performance measures for regional and individual activities, including contractors and grantees;

  • In coordination with COP and DCOP, develop and maintain collaborative relationships with OTCM, local grantees, state and local government authorities, local contractors, international NGOs, donors, and other key stakeholders; and,

  • Perform other duties and activities as required for the successful management of the regional office and effective implementation of regional program strategies.

Minimum Requirements

The RPM must be an individual with sound judgment, excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills and possess a well-developed political acumen. The RPM should also have the ability to mentor and build the capacity of local staff.

Since work may require continued changes in program direction and implementation, including frequent coordination, the individual will be someone who is highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of ongoing change. The individual should also possess the flexibility and willingness to work in locations with basic work and living arrangements. Individual will be required to spend more than 50% of the time in the field locations outside of Juba.

In addition, the individual should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • 5 years or more of work experience in international development;

  • Experience working in conflict and immediate post conflict situations;

  • Previous experience managing sub-grant programs, as well as familiarity of USAID rules and regulations;

  • Degree in international development or other relevant area;

  • Experience managing operations or logistics in field locations;

  • Oral and written fluency in English mandatory.

  • Individual should be able to lift up to 30 kilos

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with USAID

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Category International Development

Business Group Management Services Group (MS)

Country SSD

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 187333BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.