AECOM Regional Program Manager - Roving in Juba, South Sudan

Requisition/Vacancy No. 152312BR

Position Title Regional Program Manager - Roving

Job Category International Development

Business Line Government

Country South Sudan

State/Province/Region SSD - Juba

City Juba

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Government

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Job Summary

AECOM International Development (AISS) implements the Viable Support to Transition and Stability (VISTAS) program for the USAID Office of Transition and Conflict Mitigation (OTCM). The VISTAS program designs and implements activities with local partners through an in-kind grant mechanism to prevent the further spread of communal violence and rising tensions in critical areas where conflict may have national implications. In support of these goals, the program will seek to increase space and tools to manage conflict and tensions; to build cross-line interdependency to promote peaceful coexistence; to promote a more informed community; and to engage communities in trauma awareness that lay the foundation for individual and community healing and reconciliation.

AECOM International Development is currently recruiting for the Regional Program Manager –Roving position, who will be based in Juba, South Sudan and reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party - Programs. The position will manage a grants team and grant portfolio facilitating and expanding NGO and civil society partners to engage in peace dialogues and conflict mitigation, primarily in the Equatorias and Western Bahr e Ghazal. The portfolio strategy will build upon successes and lessons learned from VISTAS activities in Yambio – i.e., the Yambio model. The post requires extensive travel to remote project sites and a high level of resourcefulness, teamwork, and problem-solving while operating within USAID and AECOM regulations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and mentor the Roving team for Equatorias and Western Bahr e Ghazal, based in Juba.

  • Develop new grant activities and budgets and oversee the implementation of in-kind grants, fixed amount awards, and sub-contracts, on focusing Equatorias and Western Bahr e Ghazal. This includes management of all relevant documentation; program implementation; all aspects of each grant throughout the "activity cycle" from inception of an idea to close-out of a grant activity – while ensuring quality, adherence of an approved grant budget and to AISS and USAID/OTCM rules and regulations

  • Develop and manage work plans, grant pipelines and budgets and ensure that all grant activities are tracked in the VISTAS grants database

  • Conduct weekly team meetings to review and discuss status of grant development and implementation, progress evaluated and next steps agreed in order to support the pipeline of grants

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

  • In coordination with the Program Analyst and Information Team prepare the weekly report including grant by grant activity notes

  • Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation of VISTAS activities through trip reports, weekly reports, activity notes and activity evaluation forms, as required

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with OTCM, local grantees, state and local government authorities, local contractors, international and national NGOs and CBOs, donors, and other key stakeholders

  • Coordinate with grantees and partners to ensure compliance with signed agreements, budgets and USAID and AECOM regulations

  • Enhance capacity of project stakeholders (grantees and target groups/beneficiaries) to solve problems and increase activity impact (e.g., assistance with establishment and use of appropriate systems, training of grantee staff, and enhanced grantee management of project equipment for sustainability and maximum impact), as required

  • Development of the Roving regional strategy with input from senior management and OTCM

  • Maintain proactive communications with AISS Juba senior management on all relevant programmatic issues

  • Conduct visits to the field sites as required

  • Perform other duties and activities assigned by the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs / Chief of Party

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 and travel in locations with basic work and living arrangements. Given the volatility of the context, the incumbent should display a responsible engagement with security and have a strong understanding of security and programmatic risk management in field operations.

The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated self-starter, capable of learning on the job while balancing multiple complex tasks with minimal supervision and support (while in the field).

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

  • Five years or more of work experience in international development

  • Experience working in conflict and immediate post conflict situations; preference for experience in Sudan, South Sudan or sub-Saharan Africa

  • Previous management of a culturally diverse team

  • Previous experience managing grant programs, as well as familiarity of USAID rules and regulations preferred

  • Degree in international development or other relevant area

  • Oral and written fluency in English mandatory.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous USAID experience

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