View Vacancy - SIN - Prosperity Fund Regional Programme Manager C4(L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

The UK Government’s £1.2bn Prosperity Fund aims to promote economic growth in developing countries. The Prosperity Fund Programme Office in Singapore has oversight and management of four Prosperity Fund Programmes: Low Carbon Energy, Economic Reform, Future Cities, and Healthcare; which are now moving from design into implementation and delivery. Working across the six biggest SE Asian countries until 2021, these official development assistance (ODA) programmes aim to reduce poverty in the region and create opportunities for international business, including for UK companies. The Low Carbon Energy Programme will focus on green finance and energy efficiency. The Economic Reform Programme will work on the overarching business environment (e.g. regulatory reform, transparency) and financial services. Future Cities will focus on up to 9 cities and cover transportation, urban planning and resilience. The Healthcare programme will focus on non-communicable diseases and healthcare provider quality through education/training and digital health.

We are recruiting two Regional Programme Managers for the Programme Office in Singapore, each covering 2 programmes. The division of programmes between the two posts will depend on the experience and expertise of the successful applicants and where the greatest synergies between programmes are found. The Managers will procure and manage delivery partners, co-ordinate across UK diplomatic missions in the region and ensure the programme’s benefits are realised. This will include assessing whether the delivery partners are performing well, the programmes continue to offer value for money and whether they are well managed. Strong oversight is important as delivery of much of the programmes will be undertaken by external suppliers who may in turn sub-contract particular elements. The contracts are likely to be of significant value and complexity.

The successful candidate will coordinate with the Programme Managers in each country, programme implementing partners, and colleagues in London to ensure that programmes are aligned with wider UK objectives; ensure programmes meet requirements on monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning; and comply with OECD rules for ODA. The jobholder will also need to build relationships with delivery partners, colleagues in the Embassies and High Commissions in the region, international organisations (e.g. IFIs) and UK businesses and their sector bodies. The jobholder will work closely with relevant policy teams, including the Heads of the Climate Change & Energy and Economics & Trade networks for the region (based in Singapore) to ensure programme coherence with regional policy goals. The successful candidate will work to the Head of Prosperity Programmes, South East Asia, in the Singapore Programme Office.

The post will be based in the British High Commission in Singapore, a vibrant, international organisation, committed to diversity and staff development.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to play an influential role in a high-profile and strategic development initiative in South East Asia on behalf of the UK Government, which aims to have a positive impact on economic development and trade, as well as strengthening the relationship between the UK and South East Asia.

We are looking for a pro-active, engaged individual to drive delivery of these programmes through effective contract management and strong stakeholder engagement.

Implementation/ Delivery

  • Lead the process to procure delivery partners and manage initial roll-out
  • Deploy excellent programme management skills, including on: inputting into and critically evaluating monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning; inputting into procurement processes; monitoring delivery; and managing relationships with implementing partners.
  • Build and maintain networks within the UK Government to ensure programme activities remain aligned to UK policy aims.
  • Proactively manage delivery partners to ensure they deliver on their KPIs and collaborate with each other (including across other PF programmes and with other donor programmes in the region). For example: produce contract management documentation (e.g. records of decisions, variance), monitor implementer compliance (e.g. SLAs)
  • Managing the Working Group Secretariat functions – identifying which issues need to be raised and which then escalated to the Steering Group, ensuring the Working Group plays an active part in programme oversight, enabling the Senior Reporting Officer to complete his/her responsibilities.

Co-ordination with programme managers in the region

  • Advising the in-country programme managers in the SE Asian Prosperity Fund countries to drive consistency, deliver efficiencies and increase impact.
  • Ensuring a coordinated approach across programme managers by consulting with them on their plans and creating an agreed strategy for all Posts to draw on, including on regional comms, sharing best practice and consultation with Head of Prosperity Programmes on Learning &Development

Providing advice and operational support to the Programme Leads (for example the Heads of Trade & Economics and Climate Change & Energy) in assessing delivery and achieving impact, including for example assessing the effectiveness of delivery and advising on how to amend delivery to improve the programmes’ impacts.

Experience of delivering complex programmes

Experience of managing delivery partners

Understanding of ODA/International development

Strong people skills

At least 5 years experience in programme management ideally in a development context

A flexible and creative problem-solver, able to come up with innovative solutions to complex challenges

Excellent communication and influencing skills including in giving presentations to external audiences

Team player driven by values

Fluent in English (written and spoken)

Additional technical qualifications relating to Low Carbon Energy, Economic Reform, Future Cities, Health or programme management

Experience of working with international delivery partners

Experience/knowledge of UK ODA programmes

Knowledge of relevant policy areas

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Engaging Internationally
18 February 2018
C4 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
12 months
Asia Pacific
British High Commission
19 March 2018

Normal working hours are 37.5 per week: 8.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. BHC Singapore supports and promotes flexible working as a crucial part of our inclusive offering. This particular role allows for flexibility in start and end times, working compressed hours, working remotely on one or a couple of days in a week, and the possibility of a job share arrangement, subject to agreement with management.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. This is a locally engaged position subject to local laws and terms. Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks.

Should the successful candidate require a permit to work in Singapore, the British High Commission will apply and sponsor the appropriate pass on their behalf.

BHC Singapore offers time and financial support for the successful candidate to take advantage of professional learning and development opportunities inside and outside of the organisation.

All applications must be received before 11:55PM (Singapore Time) on 18 February 2018.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted regarding the next phase of the selection process. To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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