Regional Programme Manager, Latin America Region-Trocaire

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                    Thu, 2011-06-02 09:11 – Wed, 2011-06-15 09:11
Description   of the unit / department: The   International
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: This position
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.
Reporting   to: Regional   Manager for Latin America
Managing:   (Individuals/Team) POs in Colombia   and Bolivia (4), a sub-regional finance officer plus administrative staff.
Contract   Type: Fixed-term
Contract   Duration: 3 years
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 Programme   Management

  • With
    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.
  • Work
    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.
  • Ensure
    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

Programme   Quality

  • Together
    with the Regional Manager ensure that Trócaire partnership   and
    programme approaches and strategies are relevant, effective and reflect
    best practices
  • Ensure
    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
  • Systematically
    reflect on country programme experience, research, and   overall trends
    in order to feed back into the regional programme and identify   areas
    for further work
  • Ensure
    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
  • Actively
    contribute to organisational learning through ensuring   systematic
    documentation, evaluation, monitoring and reporting on Trócaire


  • Co-ordinate
    initiatives to encourage the building of organisational   capacity of
    partners to ensure their development and sustainability.
  • Ensure
    that Programme Officers support partners in producing timely
    proposals and reports, which comply with Trócaire standards.
  • Lead
    and co-ordinate appropriate training initiatives for local NGO   staff
    in the design and management of high quality programmes.


  • Keep
    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.
  • In
    collaboration with the Regional Manager, identify the training   needs
    of international and national personnel and arrange for and evaluate
  • In
    collaboration with the Regional Manager manage the recruitment and
    induction process of Programme and Finance Staff when their replacement
    is   needed

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.
  • Develop
    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)

(E)   Qualification
  • A
    relevant academic qualification at masters   level with theoretical
    knowledge of the principles and practices of   development and
    humanitarian cooperation
(E)   Experience
  • Minimum
    five years’ development experience,   with at least three working in
    the field in Latin America of which two should   be in a management
  • A
    thorough knowledge and understanding of the   international development
    sector, with particular reference to the specific   role of
    international NGOs
  • 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.


(E)   Skills

·           Knowledge   of both development and emergency programming

·           A   thorough understanding of partnership and rights based approaches

·            A
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
(E)   Qualities
  • A strong commitment to the work of justice   and an empathy with the ethos and work of Trócaire. Team player
(E)   Other
  • Ability and willingness to travel within and   outside the region on a regular basis.

·           Person Specification – Desirable Requirements (D)

(D)   Qualification
(D) Experience
  • Specific experience of working in a NGO environment   and some years of experience in a management capacity
(D)   Skills
  • Human Resource and Financial Management
  • Analytical, report writing and presentation skills

To apply for this position please fill out the attached application form [1] and return to Jason Rice, HR Officer, Trocaire, Maynooth, Co.Kildare or email [2]. Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 15th June 2011.