Introduction and Background
The Regional Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence (RMCE) offers training, advisory and information services on regional integration matters, to senior public policy makers, private sector executives and civil society leaders working to accelerate growth and development in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region through regional integration.
RMCE is sponsored and has links to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) and their Member States.
The RMCE wishes to appoint two Regional Programme Managers (RPMs) to assist the Executive Director in commissioning services, setting service standards and quality assuring the technical content of the training and advisory services delivered on behalf of RMCE to its regional and national level clients across RMCE’s following core areas: .
- Macroeconomic management (including Public Financial Management);
- Trade policy and facilitation;
- Cross-border finance;
- Business development and investment; and
- Common sectoral policies (e.g. transport infrastructure, agriculture, energy).
Candidates are invited to demonstrate how their knowledge, qualifications, experience and networks relate to each of these core areas; and equip them to develop regional integration related training and advisory services in one or more of the core areas.
The division of labour between the two RPM roles will depend on credentials of the successful applicants, however, it is expected that the macroeconomic management, trade policy and facilitation areas and cross border finance areas will fall to one RPM; and the business development and common sectoral policies will be managed by a second RPM.
Regional Programme Managers (RPMs):
1. Role and Responsibilities
The role of the RPMs is to act as practice leader in their field of expertise, with overall responsibility for the design and delivery of all services in under their management.
The RPM will be responsible for programme inception, design, resource mobilisation, launching, publicity, rigorous oversight & troubleshooting, monitoring & evaluation, reporting, financial & human resource management for the team working under his/her responsibility.
The RPM will report to the Executive Director. His/her key performance areas are:
- Work with regional organisations and national level clients from the private and public sectors to identify their training and advisory service needs;
- Develop a clearly articulated framework for service provision and impact (in the form of a monitoring and evaluation framework) that serves to address these needs;
- Identify and develop strategic partnerships with clients, service providers and funders who will sponsor and deliver services as specified;
- Manage and oversee the design and delivery of training courses, workshops, conferences, technical advisory services etc. within delegated financial limits, in accordance with RMCE’s financial management and procurement procedures;
- Develop and oversee the implementation of the future research and online services.
- Contribute to RMCE’s regular programme reporting to relevant stakeholders.
- Contribute to RMCE’s marketing and promotional activities and provide regular inputs into RMCE’s communications work.
- Capture and disseminate best practices from regional offices and ensure that they are replicated across other regional offices (including through RMCE communication channels).
2. Profile of the Regional Programme Managers
Education & Experience
Candidates must have the following:
- Bachelors’ degree with at least 10 years’ relevant work experience; or Masters’deg ree with at least 3-5 years relevant work experience. Degree qualifications must be in either economics/economics-related or business/commercial related.
- Experience should be in one or more of the core areas of listed above;
- Experience in high level negotiations with donor partners & national governments & regional inter-governmental bodies;
- Ability to conceptualise, negotiate, implement, quality assure and evaluate joint programming and programmes within the development partner community;
- Strong track record in management of development assistance projects, including in the budgeting and accounting for project expenditure;
- Knowledge and experience of organising training and advisory services an advantage;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and
- Extensive knowledge and hands on experience of ESA-IO region will be an added advantage
For the above posts, candidates should be fluent in English. Working knowledge of French would be an advantage.
3. Terms of Appointment
Location of performance of the Contract: The duty Station will be at the RMCE Headquarters in Mauritius.
Remuneration: An international competitive inclusive package will be offered within a range of USD 8,000 to USD 10,000 per month depending on experience. Further details can be obtained from the Executive Director of the RMCE on Phone No. (230) 2130330
Duration of Appointment: Contract for successful candidate will run from the date they take up the appointments for a period of three years, subject to availability of funds and performance.
Eligibility for Application: Only Nationals of countries (ACP and EU) that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement signed on 23rd June 2000 are eligible to apply.
4. Application details
Link to Standard COMESA Application form: All Applications should be accompanied by a completed standard COMESA Application Form, which can be found on the COMESA website (www.comes.int), under the heading “Opportunities”.
Final date for receipt of applications: 27th April 2012
Applications should be submitted by email or fax to the address below.
Applicants should indicate clearly which of the five core areas they are applying for.
The Secretary General
COMESA Centre, Cairo Road
P O Box 30051
10101 Lusaka, Zambia
Fax: (260)211 227318