Working for DFID Sudan
Senior Programme Manager
The Senior Programme Manager of the Governance and Poverty Reduction Team will provide high quality, timely and relevant programme support and advice to the Development programme portfolio to deliver the UK’s objectives in Sudan, working closely with the Team Leader and Senior Responsible Officers of 5 programmes across the areas of water, climate, FGM and macro-economy and governance.
You will be working in a challenging and dynamic context, where programmes are innovative and adaptable to changes in the operating environment. This provides a good opportunity for a SPM to apply programme management skills across all programme competences.
Position: A2L Senior Programme Manager
TEAM: PROJECT DELIVERY TEAM
SALARY: $ 55,884 PER ANNUM
DURATION: 3 YEAR FIXED TERM
REFERENCE NO: SUD1903
Summary of the role
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end
extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with
the government’s UK Aid Strategy. Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great
global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat
of terrorism and global climate change – all of which also directly threaten British
interests. We are ending the need for aid by building peaceful and stable societies,
creating jobs and strong economies, fighting corruption, unlocking the potential of
girls and women, tackling climate change and helping to save lives when
humanitarian emergencies hit. We are doing this because it is both the right thing to
do and firmly in Britain’s national interest.
DFID works in partnership across Whitehall and with governments, civil society, the
private sector and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations
agencies, and the European Commission.
Working for the Department For International Development
Sudan has seen major political changes over the last year, including the over-throw
of Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule. This is within the context of a protracted crisis, with
large numbers of internally displaced persons and the root causes of the 2003 Darfur
conflict unresolved. The political economy, governance and institutional issues are
therefore extremely challenging, requiring specific attention. Our programmes aim to
not only deliver excellent results and value for money but also aim to influence and
leverage policy, programmes and funding of the government, donors and partners.
This ensures we achieve multiplier impacts from our programme resources. UK has
a growing humanitarian and development programme (£80 million in 2019/20) and is
working to support a more stable, prosperous, inclusive Sudan.
Purpose of Job
The Senior Programme Manager of the Governance and Poverty Reduction
Team will provide high quality, timely and relevant programme support and advice to
the Development programme portfolio to deliver the UK’s objectives in Sudan,
working closely with the Team Leader and Senior Responsible Officers of 5
programmes across the areas of water, climate, FGM and macro-economy and
governance. The Senior Programme Manager will be working in a challenging and
dynamic context, where programmes are innovative and adaptable to changes in the
operating environment. This provides a good opportunity for a SPM to apply
programme management skills across all programme competences. The post holder
will need to have broad development and management expertise to lead the range of
policy and programme work covered by the team, and a track record of collaborating
with government and other partners. The post holder will have significant
responsibility for building the capacity of programme staff, monitoring and supporting
their delivery although may provide direct project management support on the more
complex aspects of projects. The Post Holder is likely to undertake some cross office
responsibilities and you will be a core part of efforts to review and improve the
current portfolio, as well as planning and designing DFID’s future delivery
DFID Sudan is currently reviewing its programme portfolio and workforce plan in light
of the changing context in Sudan – this exercise may result in similar opportunities in
the coming months.
We intend to use this recruitment to also develop a potential pipeline of
suitable candidates who could be considered if new vacancies emerge in the
Key responsibilities and accountabilities
The key functions of the Senior Programme Manager are the following:
Supporting the Team Leader to deliver GPRT’s contribution to the Business Plan,
delivering high quality programming, strengthening external engagement with key
partners, and supporting staff to maintain high performance and morale.
Ensuring robust and effective financial management across the GPRT programme
portfolio including accurate forecasting and expenditure reporting. Analysing financial
and audit reports and follow up implementation of the recommendations in line with
DFID guidance and procedures.
Lead risk management in a complex environment where DFID has limited access to
project sites, drawing on the DFID risk management framework, Due Diligence
guidance and Counter Aid Diversion Strategy and best practice.
Building programme management capability – through effective coaching and
mentoring. Providing leadership on programme management and supporting GPRT’s
other advisory and programme staff with a focus on prioritisation, quality, and pace,
encouraging stretch and collaborative team-working to deliver corporate and cross
Supporting the Senior Responsible Owners to improve delivery and performance in
compliance with Smart Rules, especially financial management, risk management
and key supplier management.
Manage project relationships with implementing partners, build strong relationships
with partner agencies to drive high quality performance and adherence to DFID
standards. Lead on briefings for senior meetings with partners. Take full account of
cross cutting issues – gender, safeguarding, disability, exclusion, nutrition, returns,
protection, counter terrorism, etc. – in programme development and design.
Deputising for the Team leader as required.
Providing lead support to ensure GPRT’s £20m+ portfolio builds synergy between
programmes and engaging with DFID Sudan’s Conflict and Humanitarian Team to
strengthen synergy and cross team working especially around transition from
emergency to development programming in protracted crisis, particularly for
resilience, service delivery, and social safety nets.
Support responsible exit and closure of existing programming as well as the
development of new programming. Over the next 12 months there are likely to be
contextual, strategic and policy shifts and a number of programmes are coming to an
end. The post holder will also contribute to the development of new programmes
through working in teams to develop Business Cases and lead due diligence of
partners and programme start up.
Success is measured by:
• Excellent portfolio management; financial management to achieve minimal variance
between budget forecast and spend, well-managed risk and the foresight to help
programme teams identify and resolve issues that arise, achieving results, and
delivering value for money.
• Effective challenge provided to SROs and programme staff and support to ensure
high quality business cases, reviews and due diligence processes to ensure high
standard of team compliance with DFID’s programme management framework.
• Proactive staff working effectively with positive team morale, benefitting from
guidance, mentoring and learning and development opportunities.
The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable to a rapidly changing context
and to working outside of the immediate responsibilities highlighted above.
• Experience managing complex development programmes
• Financial & risk management
• Experience working on Fragile and Conflict Affected States.
SUCCESS PROFILES – CIVIL SERVICE BEHAVIOURS
Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service.
Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the
• Communicating and Influencing
• Making Effective Decisions
• Working together
Level 3 should be used when completing the application form.
Details of the above UK Civil service Behaviours are available by clicking this link.
Technical Competencies – The DFID Governance Technical competencies are
available by clicking this link
International Competencies – The DFID International Competencies Framework
are available by clicking this link
For more information on the details of the position or to download the
application form, please follow the link below:
Important – HOW TO APPLY
• The candidate must complete the application form and send it to the
Afri[email protected] with a copy of their most recent CV.
• Please quote the following reference number IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE
when applying: “SUD1903”. Failure to do so may result in your application
not being viewed.
• Closing date of applications is MIDNIGHT ON 24 October 2019.
• Applications shown as being received after this time will not be accepted.
• Feedback will only be given to candidates who reached the interview
• Failure to follow the outlined procedure may result in the application not
• While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for
interviews will be contacted.
• Applicants must be legally authorised to live and work in Malawi.
DFID is committed to equal opportunities in its staffing policy and does not
discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or
disability. Selection will be on merit. Persons with disabilities are encouraged