Division is based in Maynooth and a number of overseas locations. It
is comprised of 5 geographical regions, (Asia/Middle East; Latin
America; Central & West Africa; East & Horn Africa; Southern
Africa) and Institutional Funding Unit. There are five
cross-organisational teams that are inextricably linked to the
International Division, following the 5 themes of our strategic plan –
governance and human rights, building sustainable livelihoods and
demanding environmental justice, preparing for and responding to
emergencies, HIV and gender.
Background to the Role:
is located in the Latin America region. The region is managed from
Tegucigalpa, Honduras overseeing the implementation of Trócaire’s
strategic plan in seven countries – Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti. Trócaire has almost
completed its phase out process of Peru and Brazil.As part of its
decentralisation process Trócaire has established a strong field
presence in South America. The Regional Programme Manager (RPM) will
assume a leading role in overseeing the implementation of quality
programmes in the region with a focus on 2 countries of South America
(Bolivia and Colombia) plus oversee the closure of a few ongoing
projects in Peru and Brazil.
Regional Manager for Latin America
POs in Colombia and Bolivia (4), a sub-regional finance officer plus administrative staff.
Grade and Scale:
Regional Programme Manager salary scale
Location of Position
La Paz, Bolivia with frequent travel throughout South American and occasional travel to Central America and or/Head Office
Scope of the Role:
With reference to
Trócaire’s Strategic Plan 2006-2016 and the Operational Plan 2011-14,
the Regional Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing and
co-ordinating all aspects of programme work in the South American
countries. This will include implementation of country plans and
programmes; it will also include roll out and implementation of
Trócaire organisational policies and procedures. The RPM will work
closely with the Regional Manager and others to implement plans to
maximise income from institutional sources.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
the Regional Manager, to take the lead in co-ordinating the design,
implementation and maintenance of high quality, coherent programmes in
the region. This will include: development of programmes;
identification, accompaniment and funding of projects; and advocacy
and lobbying on relevant issues.
with Programme Officers to monitor and manage the implementation of
programmes through partner organisations. This will include tracking of
programme progress and spending and problem solving as needed.
that Programme Officers follow Trócaire’s procedures in the approval
process of programmes and projects and their implementation which
includes complying with the Management Information System’s
with the Regional Manager ensure that Trócaire partnership and
programme approaches and strategies are relevant, effective and reflect
that priority cross-cutting issues are integrated across programmes
and provide training and support to both staff and partners to enable
this integration to take place
reflect on country programme experience, research, and overall trends
in order to feed back into the regional programme and identify areas
for further work
that Programme Officers and other staff are aware of developments,
changes and updates at an organisational level and respond to these
developments at the regional level, in consultation with the Regional
contribute to organisational learning through ensuring systematic
documentation, evaluation, monitoring and reporting on Trócaire
initiatives to encourage the building of organisational capacity of
partners to ensure their development and sustainability.
that Programme Officers support partners in producing timely
proposals and reports, which comply with Trócaire standards.
and co-ordinate appropriate training initiatives for local NGO staff
in the design and management of high quality programmes.
abreast of political and economic developments and report on the
impact of macro-issues on the regional and country programmes for the
use in planning both regionally and internationally and also for use
in development education and advocacy in Ireland
Line management and co-ordination of the work of Programme staff
Human Resource Management
In collaboration with the Regional Manager implement a supervision and performance appraisal system for staff in the region.
collaboration with the Regional Manager, identify the training needs
of international and national personnel and arrange for and evaluate
collaboration with the Regional Manager manage the recruitment and
induction process of Programme and Finance Staff when their replacement
Budgeting and Financial Management
Assist in the preparation of annual country and regional budgets for both programme and administration costs
Support the analysis, monitoring and supervision of Trócaire funds and disbursement to partners.
relationships and liaise with in-country donors, the Regional
Institutional Funding Officer and the Institutional Funding Unit in
mobilising institutional funding for Trócaire partners.
Co-ordinate all advocacy issues in the sub region, internally and externally with relevant agencies.Provide regular information on context and situation to staff in Latin American region and in Ireland.
Representation and networking
Contribute to the development of Trócaire’s networks and profile in the region.
Represent Trócaire at events and meetings as required
Person Specification – Essential Requirements (E)
relevant academic qualification at masters level with theoretical
knowledge of the principles and practices of development and
five years’ development experience, with at least three working in
the field in Latin America of which two should be in a management
thorough knowledge and understanding of the international development
sector, with particular reference to the specific role of
A demonstrated ability to think strategically and to oversee the implementation of a regional programme
Knowledge of the Latin American region and an understanding of the principle causes of poverty and inequality.
· Knowledge of both development and emergency programming
· A thorough understanding of partnership and rights based approaches
specific knowledge of Programme Cycle Management issues, including
development of proposals and reports, monitoring, evaluation and
impact measurement systems.
· A demonstrated ability to manage personnel and human resource systems
· A demonstrated ability to manage budgets and financial systems
· Fluent written and spoken Spanish and English
Excellent IT & communication skills
A strong commitment to the work of justice and an empathy with the ethos and work of Trócaire. Team player
Ability and willingness to travel within and outside the region on a regular basis.
· Person Specification – Desirable Requirements (D)
Specific experience of working in a NGO environment and some years of experience in a management capacity
Human Resource and Financial Management
Analytical, report writing and presentation skills
To apply for this position please fill out the attached application form  and return to Jason Rice, HR Officer, Trocaire, Maynooth, Co.Kildare or email email@example.com . Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 15th June 2011.
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