Website IM Swedish Development Partner
Number of Vacancies: 1
Summary of Position
IM Swedish Development Partner (IM) is a Sweden based Swedish International Development NGO and civil society organization founded in 1938 in Lund, Sweden. It is funded by the Swedish government for development cooperation agency (Sida) and individual donors. It is working in the areas of Social Inclusion, Economic Inclusion, Civic Space and Strengthening Civil Society in 15 countries worldwide. IM has been supporting Nepal’s development and humanitarian efforts since 1980 through Nepali partners. IM is working to achieve a world free from poverty and exclusion by mobilizing and strengthening individuals and groups who are fighting for equality and democratic development. IM’s commitment is to empower civil society, catalyzing profound societal change towards equality and democracy, as a feminist and anti-racist change agent. Since 2010, it has been working in Nepal as a legally registered INGO having its own country office in Kathmandu, Nepal. Women and youth from Dalit, Madhesi, Muslim, Janajati, and marginalized communities, and Freed Kamaiya, Kamalari are the key rights holders of IM. IM promotes mainstreaming of gender equality, environment and climate resilience, and conflict sensitivity in all its works. IM works at Kapilvastu, Dang, and Kathmandu districts through 8 partner organizations, and also support provincial and federal level policy work. Read more at www.imsweden.org/en
IM Swedish Development Partners (IM) is currently looking to appoint an experienced and qualified Programme Manager for Nepal Country Office, Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a maternity cover position for the period of 6 months (1st January – 30 June 2022) with possibility of extension. We strongly encouraged female candidates to apply. IM is an equal opportunity employer and promotes a good working, developing and learning environment for its staffs.
Job Title: Programme Manager – Social Inclusion
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Work at the IM Nepal Country Office, Kathmandu, Nepal with extensive travel (at least 40 %) to the IM’s working areas with a role to effectively contribute to the fulfilment of the strategic and operational objectives and plans for the IM Nepal Office in the sector of social inclusion, economic inclusion, civic space, strengthening civic society, national and provincial level advocacy, gender mainstreaming, environment mainstreaming and conflict sensitivity mainstreaming.
- Be the primary focal person and lead the IM’s thematic programmes (social inclusion and civic space) of an assigned number of partner organisations under social inclusion and civic space themes and relevant national advocacy initiatives.
- Be responsible for preparing annual progress report on social inclusion and civic space in line with Progress Tracker Tools Operation (PTTO) and reporting to Regional Director and Head Office. Prepare social inclusion and civic space report for country office annual progress report.
- Be responsible for and lead the overall partnership portfolio management of assigned partners, facilitate processes of designing partners’ annual project proposals; technical support and guidance to partners based on needs; periodic reviews and evaluations of projects and oversee financial management of projects; analysing and reporting of operational performances and results of the projects for country office Annual Progress Reporting.
- This is a senior position responsible for management of the country program, partner ecosystem (PES), partnership, coordination and networking under the strategic and operational guidance of the Regional Director for South Asia and in technical inputs/directive from IM Head Office, Sweden. The position is based in Nepal Country office, Kathmandu. The Programme Manager coordinates and works closely with program, finance and other staffs of Nepal Country Office, South Asia Regional Office and Head Office-Sweden.
- Support the Regional Director to prepare the strategic documents including strategic plan, Annual Operation Plan (AOP), Annual Progress Report (APR), Appraisal POWWOW and Progress Tracking Tools of Operation (PTTO) plan and progress report, and any other requestsaligning with the duty station.
- Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge about the assigned partner organisations and their strategies, operations and activities, results and other achievements, challenges, strengths, areas of improvement, needs and gaps, overall level of financial management and continuous organisational development of partners.
- Keep dialogue, provide technical support and facilitation to the partner organisations as an advisor to support in coping their challenges related to project cycle management, in promoting their thematic understanding and knowledge of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs), human rights-based approach, advocacy, social inclusion, economic inclusion, civic space and organizational capacity development ensuring full ownership of the partners in every process.
- Ensure the quality of plans and reports submitted by partner organisations to the Country Office, as well as the partner organisations’ understanding of IM agreements, policies and guidelines.
- Facilitate partners and country office team constantly to mainstream gender equality, climate/environmental sustainability and conflict sensitivity in programme, strategies, organizational systems and all levels interventions.
- Ensure thematic coordination/networking/advocacy working closely with like-minded stakeholders, CSOs, and donors at national including south Asia regional/international levels via virtual means.
- Ensure relevant and adequate internal and external communications about the partner organisations, their interventions, achievements, challenges, and learning etc.
- Support, contribute, and work closely with teams of country, regional and head offices towards fund raising processes to raise funds from institutional back donors and foundations.
- Support and contribute to the processes of ensuring government compliances of Nepal such as SWC agreements, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination etc.
- Develop and maintain relevant information/database system about the partner organisations and their interventions and achievements to be used regularly for communication to IM internal and external stakeholders for fund raising, communication and visibility purposes.
- Represent IM Nepal in various government stakeholders, donors, CSOs forums, networks and meetings as appropriate and assigned.
- Master’s degree in Social Science, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Business Management or in any relevant discipline fields from a recognized university.
- A minimum 10 years of professional and successful experiences in partnership portfolio and program/project management in INGOs and/or bi-lateral/multi-lateral donor-funded development programs/projects as a senior program staff e.g. program officer/program coordinator/program manager or similar capacity.
- Out of minimum of 10 years of experience, the candidate must have at least 7 years of professional experience only in an INGO in managing human rights-based development and education programs/projects and evidence-based advocacy work in partnership with local and national CSOs/NGOs. Relevant working experience with Scandinavian or EU countries’ INGOs would be an advantage.
- Demonstrated progressive and successful experiences in managing programs/projects related to integrated sustainable development or integrated social inclusion programs at grassroots, district and national levels.
- Demonstrated experience and excellent hands-on skills in development project planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, coordinating, evaluating and reporting, and facilitation skills for partners’ capacity building and organizational development.
- Demonstrated ability to analyse, interpret, and assess project proposals, reports, and financial information.
- In-depth understanding of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), human rights-based approach/perspectives to the development with special focus towards promotion of economic, social and culture (ESC) rights of marginalized communities in line with international human rights instruments and national legislations, strengthening CSOs, gender mainstreaming and climate and environmental sustainability, conflict sensitivity and organizational development (OD) process of partners.
- Working experience with local/regional partners (CSOs) from mid- western and western terrain and hill regions, and national level partners will be an advantage.
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English and Nepali, and working knowledge of local dialects of Awadhi, Tharu from western and mid-western terrain regions is an advantage.
- Excellent computer skills in the Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and internet-based communications.
- High level of sensitivity and commitment to diversity, equality, and economic, social, cultural human rights.
- Demonstrated facilitation skills, analytical and negotiation skills.
- Demonstrated reliability and high level of integrity.
- Strategic thinking, solid judgement and critical thinking ability.
- Excellent written and verbal English communication, and coordination skills within team, partners, external stakeholders, government, and donors.
- Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently with less supervision as well as collaboratively and effectively as a team within IM, and with partner organisations and other relevant external stakeholders.
- Well-organized, thorough and with an attention to details and accuracy.
- Ability to prioritize the tasks and flexible to modify priorities as needed.
Terms of employment
- The IM Nepal HR manual is applicable regarding the terms of employment
This Job Description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Source: Himalayan Times, 27 October, 2021