CAFOD, one of the UK’s leading international development agencies, is currently looking for a Programme Officer to join the Andes team in London in order to take forward relationships with key stakeholders and partners and contribute to the implementation of CAFOD’s strategies and plans for Peru. The 5-person Andes team comprises a Country Representative (CR), three Programme Officers (POs) for Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, and an Andes Programme Administrator. The Andes team manages a diverse development programme in the region, working in close partnership with the local Church and NGOs in response to issues of natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods in the context of climate change, conflict and peace building, governance and human rights, and gender as well as humanitarian emergencies. Communications and advocacy are integral elements of the programme.
The role will involve managing and developing the programme in conjunction with the UK-based Andes Country Representative, playing an important role in building relationships with local partners and key stakeholders. You will be responsible for carrying out programme appraisals, monitoring and reviews needed to implement and manage programmes in line with our values – especially justice, solidarity and partnership. You will contribute to the financial accountability of the programme and part of your role will focus on programme knowledge and learning. You will also support international advocacy work on human rights, natural resource management and climate change in Peru and help the programme to develop further through funding applications and reporting with external donors.
The post-holder will be responsible for building effective working relationships with peers in the International Development Group, as well as with colleagues in the Emergency Response Group and Advocacy and Education Group. This is in order to develop and maintain horizontal links, and to foster between programmes, learning, innovation, good practice, and fundraising within and between regions or areas of work. The role has also a number of cross-divisional and cross-organisational functions linked to work with UK facing teams.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person who has demonstrable knowledge, interest and experience of Peru and / or the wider Latin America region and an understanding of the importance of human rights, governance and natural resource management with a focus on water, especially in relation to extractives; climate change adaptation and livelihoods, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction in urban areas, gender, and emergency work. You should be able to work with local partner organisations and sensitively manage and facilitate relationships and represent CAFOD with a variety of stakeholders (NGOs, Catholic Church, grassroots organisations, government, donors, academic institutions and others) within a fast-changing and complex political context. We expect you to have experience in using programme cycle management tools and demonstrate sound problem analysis, judgment and decision-making abilities. The successful candidate will be fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English.
Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the Andes Regional Strategy Paper (RSP)
- In co-operation with partners, develop and manage CAFOD-supported programmes (this includes long-term development, advocacy and emergency), contributing to the development and review of CAFOD’s Andes RSP strategy and Peru programme frameworks;
- Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) and reporting on programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (programme cycle management) and donor requirements;
- In agreement with partners, jointly develop programme and project proposals and assess the existing capacities to manage and implement the work. This includes leading on preparation of funding applications and reports for external funders, in liaison with the Programme Development and Funding Officer and the development of partner capacity development plans to address capacity issues;
- Promote, capture and disseminate learning from partners and programmes, and ensure that this informs future programme development. This includes the facilitation of North – South and South – South learning and sharing between CAFOD’s partners in Peru and the Andes region, northern based universities and other civil society and government actors, and also linking this learning to wider areas of CAFOD’s work.
- Realise CAFOD’s principles by acting in line with CAFOD’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding children, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
- Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally via Caritas / CIDSE, in coordination with the Advocacy and Education Group where appropriate;
- Oversee and support consultants working on CAFOD-supported programmes;
- Respond to emergencies as they occur, as requested by the Andes Country Representative, and in co-ordination with CAFOD’s Emergency Response Group;
- Keep up-to-date with development issues and trends, both within the relevant country or sector, and more generally;
- Monitor the political and security context to contribute to CAFOD’s organisational risk assessments and security plans. Managing effective relationships with partners.
- Develop, nurture and manage relationships with CAFOD’s partner organisations in line with the principles and standards set in our Partnership Policy, guidance and tools, and in agreement with the Andes Country Representative;
- Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that any shortcomings are addressed;
- Invest in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, identifying sources of support, and allocating resources. This can be through a facilitator or by direct provision of specific capacity strengthening support; particular importance will be on facilitating learning and technical support with UK academic institutions;
- Support partners in accessing the tools and support required to successfully implement capacity development plans;
- Organise partner’ visits to the UK and organise (and where relevant accompany) visits by CAFOD to Peru. Internal and external representation.
- In co-ordination with the Andes Country Representative develop, nurture and sustain relationships and effective communications with relevant stakeholders, including local government, national networks and other agencies working in/on Peru. This will include other CIDSE and Caritas agencies;
- In agreement with the Andes Country Representative, sustain relationships with relevant bi-lateral agencies, including the EC, seeking opportunities for programme funding, where applicable;
- Communicate with other teams within CAFOD to ensure that the programme is well understood, and that information is available for fundraising and other communication, including publications, media briefings, education, etc. This may involve participation in events / meetings with Supporters, communities of practice, working groups, etc., as agreed with the relevant manager.
- Financial management and monitoring of programmes and projects
- In close co-operation with the relevant roles in the finance team, prepare, manage and monitor budgets relating to both CAFOD and partner-led expenditure, as agreed with the Andes Country Representative;
- Deliver the programme within agreed budgets or instigate budget revisions according to evolving needs, in line with CAFOD’s finance guidelines and procedures;
- Develop relevant risk registers and monitor them in conjunction with the Andes Country Representative;
- Where appropriate, commission and manage (with partners) audits for programmes and projects;
- Carry out partner financial profiles and reviews, in co-operation with the finance team.
- Systems and compliance
- Effectively use CAFOD’s programme management information systems to ensure programme and project information is up-to-date. This will include producing management information to support decision making;
- Ensure compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work.
- This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.
CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children and young people and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children, seeing these interests as paramount.
Person Specification /Essential Criteria
Understanding our context
Understanding Catholic identity: Understanding of the catholic church in the local context;
Understanding CAFOD: Ability to ground all work within CAFOD’s partnership model, rooted in solidarity and subsidiarity.
Understanding international development: Understanding and experience of international development with a Latin America focus and programme management and quality standards within this context. Shows an understanding of the importance of gender and diversity in humanitarian and development work.
Managing ourselves; excellent time management and prioritisation skills, uses initiative to achieve results, excellent organisational skills. Manages emotions and stresses positively and independently
Working with others; Supports a culture of mutual respect, trust and transparency where partnerships flourish; Resolves conflict successfully
Communicating; Able to communicate with colleagues and partners at a distance. ability to work in a cross-cultural setting
Looking outwards; Understanding of effective and values-based partnership work between northern and southern organisations and communities. Sensitively manages and facilitates relations and CAFOD’s own position with a variety of stakeholders (NGOs, government, church, academic institutions, and grassroots organisations) within a fast changing and complex political context.
Managing resources; Computer literacy i.e. familiar with Microsoft word, excel and knowledge of information and database management;
Achieving results; Sound problem analysis, judgment and decision-making abilities. Able to manage competing work demands
- Knowledge, interest and experience of working in Peru or Latin America region more widely;
- Experience using programme cycle management (PCM) tools effectively to deliver work within an agreed programme framework;
- Able and committed to working with and developing the capacity of local partners organisations/ National NGOs;
- Financial management understanding and experience;
- Understanding and first-hand experience of institutional funding work/projects, priorities, trends and donor conditions;
- Ability and willingness to travel unaccompanied to Peru, often at short notice and to insecure areas for up to 10 weeks per year;
- Ability to support advocacy initiatives and alliances at different levels balancing local voices and needs with international advocacy opportunities;
- Demonstrates a sectoral knowledge of one or more of the programme areas: (i) human rights, governance and natural resource management with a focus on water, especially in relation to extractives; (ii) climate change adaptation, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction in urban areas, (iii) gender and (iv) emergency work;
- Fluent written and spoken Spanish and English;
- Experience of working with academic institutions and facilitating learning.
First round interviews will be held on 3rd May and second round interviews on 8th May 2018.