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|Job Title: Senior Technical and Operations Manager||Project: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit||Country Location: Dakar, Senegal|
|Division: Programs||Functional Level: Sr. Management||Date: April 7, 2022|
|Job Family: Programs – General||Exempt Status:||Reporting To: Director, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit|
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
The Ouagadougou Partnership’s purpose is to accelerate the use of family planning services in nine countries : Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. In December 2012, the Partnership created a Coordination Unit based in Dakar, Senegal to help the Partnership reach its goals. In 2020, the Partnership hired Speak Up Africa to serve as host for the Coordination Unit in Dakar and to help the Partnership increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 6.5 million in OP countries between 2020 and 2030.
The mission of the Coordination Unit is to: (1) Facilitate Partnership processes; (2) Help countries complete and regularly review and renew their Costed Implementation Plans (CIPs); (3) Assist countries with plan implementation and advocacy to mobilize resources for their CIPs; (4) Track progress against objectives; and (5) Share information inside and outside the Partnership.
SUMMARY OF ROLE
The Senior Technical and Operations Manager (STOM) of the Ouagadougou Partnership is a key member of the senior leadership team of the Coordination Unit (OPCU), responsible for achieving both technical and operational outcomes for the Partnership. S/he will be based at the Coordination Unit in Dakar, will direct and supervise three Country Liaison Associates and Program Coordinator, will set up and manage priority processes to accomplish OP goals, and will be the primary point of contact with country focal point teams and with other OP partners to ensure quality technical FP service is available to countries.
Specifically, the STOM will lead activities across three areas:
1. Lead OP technical work to ensure that countries and donors in the Partnership live up to their commitments and the Partnership reaches it goals for additional users of modern contraception. This work includes developing and tracking a region-wide strategy to achieve additional user goals; identifying countries’ needs for technical assistance and providing direct (e.g., technical analyses) and indirect (e.g., identifying funding mechanisms through which external parties may be hired) assistance to countries and donors as they seek to fill those needs; tracking results and managing relationships around data; supporting exchanges between countries to implement high impact practices; and identifying how other OPCU staff may support the overall strategy in their deep engagements with specific stakeholders. Indeed, the STOM will design, develop, and manage of OPCU action plans to provide technical and strategic leadership to stakeholders at every level of the implementation of CIPs in countries.
2. Manage all relationships and processes with OP country stakeholders to enable and encourage those actors to participate actively in the OP. While the STOM is a family planning (FP) technical expert, their success will depend on their ability to build and maintain relationships with country governments and with other key topical experts that guide government FP decision-makers (e.g., UNFPA, WAHOO, WHO, and FP2030). The STOM will seek to help government decision-makers use the best available data, find and advocate for domestic and international resources, consult with important internal constituencies (e.g., religious leaders), and otherwise engage a range of best practices to develop, refine, and implement their CIPs. To do so the STOM will not only provide technical support (see previous bullet) but also focus his/her attention on establishing and refining processes to efficiently provide such support on an ongoing basis. For instance, the STOM will develop agendas for and lead regular calls with country focal points in each of the nine countries, set and follow schedules to participate in each country’s annual CIP reviews, lead periodic country commitment processes (in partnership with FP2030), regularly gather “implementation status” information from countries and share with other OP stakeholders, and many other procedural tasks to ensure each Partnership country and stakeholder is able to amplify their past efforts. These activities will require the STOM have strong interpersonal, management, and organizational skills, in addition to good knowledge of the FP environment.
3. Supervise three Country Liaison Associates (CLAs) and Program Coordinator to support OP donors, country governments, and other OP stakeholders in pursuit of FP goals in select countries. The STOM is responsible for ensuring appropriate support for all OP stakeholders, including focal points and decision-makers in each of the nine OP countries. Three CLAs will in turn serve as the STOM’s “arms and legs” in countries and lead and participate in activities on a day-to-day basis, with each CLA focusing on three assigned countries while the Program coordinator focuses on supporting the Motion Tracker implementation and coordination . The STOM will manage the CLAs, assigning tasks and supervising each CLA as they guide OP activities at the country level. In cases where countries or other country-stakeholders need special support to achieve their goals, the
STOM will work with the relevant CLA to determine appropriate measures and participate in such activities as needed.
While CLA tasks are likely to vary over time and by country, each CLA will work with the STOM to develop and execute plans to ensure that countries’ CIP reviews happen on schedule and with appropriate technical support; that each country is well prepared to share results and participate actively in the OP’s annual meeting and other events; that current and potential donors have country-level and even province-level data and information they need to make investment decisions; and that all OP stakeholders can receive assistance, advice, or information about FP activities in any OP country at any time.
Project and Process Management
- Oversee the implementation of CIPs in the nine OP countries
- Develop and manage processes to ensure consistent, high-quality relationships with and input from a variety OP country and regional stakeholders (while the STOM will also assist with such processes with donors, their primary responsibility is to elevating and coordinating voices from countries and from the region).
- Lead OPCU’s yearly workplan monitoring with the team, review workplans for a team of three Country Liaison Associates and the program coordinator to ensure appropriate support for the implementation of CIPs
- Lead the data analysis and management to regularly inform the management team on progress towards the OP’s goal
- Assess countries’ financial and technical needs and resource appropriate responses and technical assistance
- Serve as the main contact for the technical implementing partners to coordinate resources to better respond to the country needs and avoid duplication of efforts
- Participate in the development and monitoring of the OPCU annual work plan and work closely with the Director to ensure that OPCU action plans are implemented and monitored on quarterly basis
- Represent the OPCU in in-country coordination meetings with the Ministry of Health and focal points and stakeholders to share and discuss progress, accomplishments, and challenges and to ensure common understanding of current as well as future strategic direction with guidance of the CIPs
- Monitor the planning, review and renewal of CIPs
- Lead the development and implementation of OP focal points’ annual work plans • Organize and develop the content of annual donor caravans and annual OP meetings
- Be the primary contact for key strategic partners (e.g., WAHO, FP2030, Track20, UNFPA, PMA) technical departments
- Assist the OPCU Director in overseeing reporting to OP donors
- Serve as Acting Director as appropriate and perform other duties as assigned by the OPCU Director
Vision and Technical Strategy
- Provide overall technical leadership and strategy for the technical areas as described in OPCU grants
- In collaboration with other OPCU leadership, support the implementation of the advocacy and communication strategies and needed policy reform initiatives at country and regional levels.
- Oversee improvements in coordination and harmonization at the country level
- Lead the identification and programming for effective implementation of high impact practices to drive the acceleration of interventions in the nine OP countries
- Provide effective support for countries to develop plans to scale-up high impact practices selected through their FPGoals models
- Lead processes for tracking OP country commitments with the “motion tracker” tools
- Lead the development and implementation of strategies to increase sensitivity to gender equity and women empowerment and ensure that these concepts are integrated into the second generation of the CIPs
- Ensure effective representation of the OP in regional platforms (CSO, Youth Think Tank, Supplies, Youth ambassadors…) to address regional and country issues on FP
- Coordinate all partners’ Technical Advisors and their supporting staff in country and regionally
- Design and facilitate strategic convenings (e.g., meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.) to affect change
- Conduct thoughtful research around specific issues and design content that will push the OP agenda forward
- Produce written materials for OPCU activities in countries, including guidelines, policy memos, reports, and presentations
Our remuneration package
We offer an exciting role with a great team and the following remuneration package: • Formal work contract: Regional Contract
- Duration : 18 month with possibility extension
- Based: Dakar, SENEGAL
- Salary according to the grid
How to apply
Please send your applications to [email protected] The closing date for applications is April 30, 2022. Please specify the title of the position in the subject line and send 3 references
Note. – Given the urgency of this position, the vacancy may close before the deadline.