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Program Coordinator

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 17:06

Background 

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is undertaking a program that seeks to strengthen the capacities of Bio-Medical and Development institutions, including those involved in vaccine development in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable them to effectively deliver on their mandate and achieve tangible results. The program will provide support to institutions, including those that are (i) working in drug discovery, (ii) working on vaccine discovery or development, or are intending to build such capacity and/or (iii) start-up institutions aspiring to provide scientific/technical guidance to scientists and logistics coordination to science project managers. The primary outcome expected from the Program is to have mature and well-run institutions fostering sustainable progress in their communities. 

ACBF seeks the services of a Program Coordinator to manage all aspects of the program.  Operating under the overall guidance of the Executive Secretary of ACBF, the Program Coordinator will report to the Director of Programs, and will be responsible for managing the Secretariat of this Program, including coordinating program activities; supervising staff; and coordinating the monitoring and reporting of the program.  A key responsibility of the Program Coordinator will be to identify, vet, select and manage Best-in-Class expertise that would provide services for capacity needs assessment and the implementation of the Customized Capacity Improvement Plans to strengthen the institutional capacity of supported institutions. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1.   Lead ACBF’s capacity development interventions in supported institutions and coordinate engagement with key institutional and other stakeholders and provide guidance during launch of the programs, on expected results and on the role of each partner and stakeholder. 

2.   Coordinate, the overall budget management, work planning, administrative requirements, monitoring and reporting of activities throughout the program cycle, in line with set out program work plan and partner requirements. 

3. Proactively identify constraints and obstacles to the implementation of the program in liaison with the program team and report on issues to Management to ensure that effective mitigation measures are undertaken. 

4. Develop partnerships to ensure the participation and involvement of relevant stakeholders in program activities for an inclusive, participatory, and transparent program delivery. 

5. Coordinate the identification and hiring of Best-in-Class program consultants and experts to complement ACBF’s internal capacity for conducting work on specific activities of the program and for ensuring proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other reports. 

6. Provide leadership to the program team in drafting the necessary technical documents concerning program design, implementation, and monitoring, such as policy papers, results frameworks, work plans and other documentation. 

7. Compile all the necessary information and program data, and produce monthly, quarterly, and annual program progress reports to ensure smooth implementation of activities and timely submission of reports to ACBF Management team and partners.  

8. Ensure that all activity expenditures are in line with approved budget and are charged to the correct and approved budget lines. 

9. Maintain program records and ensure they are complete, up-to-date and in line with the program requirements. 

10. Provide support to the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program results in line with the program results framework, with focus on key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms. 

11. Establish learning opportunities and platforms for the supported institutions, including training, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and networking opportunities to strengthen the supported institutions’ research capacities and ability to respond to emerging health emergencies and demands. 

12. Perform any other duties assigned by the Executive Secretary. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Advanced degree in a field related to international development such as Economics, Public or Business Administration, Development Studies, Social Studies, or any relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in institutional capacity development; program management, design and implementation of projects/programs; program monitoring and donor reporting.
  • Strong research background and ability to glean relevant information from various documents to produce quality technical and policy reports and knowledge products.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written and proven ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of current trends, and practices in public health, drug and vaccine development is desirable.
  • Experience working with international organizations in the bio-medical field is an added advantage.
  • Experience in the implementation of internationally funded projects will be a distinct advantage. 

Core Competencies 

  • Leadership
  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values – ACBF staff subscribes to the following Values:

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

 Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

Program Coordinator

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 16:48

Background 

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is implementing a program that seeks to improve the performance of organizations working on climate adaptation for a sustainable climate adaptation ecosystem on the continent.  The overall expected outcome of the program is to have a strong group of Africa-based and African-led organizations capable of shaping Africa's response to climate change through effective policy dialogue, advocacy and use of common voice for awareness-raising and policy influence. 

ACBF seeks the services of a Program Coordinator to manage all aspects of the program.  Operating under the overall guidance of the Executive Secretary of ACBF, the Program Coordinator will report to the Director of Programs and will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of program activities and serve as the coordinator of the secretariat of the program, ensuring that the set objectives are achieved.  S/he will maintain regular cooperation with all supported organizations and program partners.  The Program Coordinator will work with other departments in ACBF to identify, vet, select and manage top-rated external expertise to complement ACBF’s internal capacity as and when required, and especially for the capacity needs assessment and the implementation of Customized Capacity Improvement Plans to strengthen the institutional capacity of the supported organizations. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Lead ACBF’s capacity development interventions in supported organizations in enhancing Africa’s leadership, voice and representation in climate adaptation. 

2. Coordinate engagement with key institutions and other stakeholders and provide guidance during launch of proposed projects, on expected results and on the role of each partner and stakeholder. 

3. Coordinate the overall budget management, work planning, administrative requirements, monitoring and reporting activities throughout the project cycle, in line with set out program work plan and partner requirements. 

4. Proactively identify constraints and obstacles to the implementation of the program for each supported organization in liaison with the program team, report on issues to Management, to ensure that effective decisions are taken and ensure adherence to plans and implementation schedules. 

5. Develop partnerships to ensure the participation and involvement of all relevant stakeholders in program activities and foster inclusive, participatory, and transparent program delivery. 

6. Coordinate the identification and hiring of top-rated program consultants and experts to complement ACBF’s internal capacity for conducting work on specific activities and objectives of the program and for ensuring proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other reports. 

7. Provide leadership to the program team in drafting the necessary technical and other documents concerning project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, such as work plans, results frameworks, reports, briefs, policy papers, lessons notes and other documentation. 

8. Compile all the necessary information and program data and produce monthly, quarterly, and annual program progress reports and evaluations to ensure smooth implementation of program activities and timely submission of the reports to management and partners.  

9. Ensure that all activity expenditures are in line with approved budget and are charged to the correct and approved budget lines. 

10. Maintain program records and ensure they are complete, up-to-date and in line with the program requirements. 

11. Provide support to monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program results with focus on key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms 

12. Establish learning opportunities and platforms for supported organizations, peer to peer knowledge exchange and networking opportunities to strengthen the supported organizations’ research capacities and ability to respond to emerging climate adaptation opportunities and demands. 

13. Perform any other duties assigned by the Executive Secretary. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Advanced degree in a field related to the management of international development programs such as Economics, Public or Business Administration, Development Studies, or any relevant discipline from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in institutional capacity development and program management, design and implementation of projects/programs, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting to development partners. 
  • Strong research background and ability to glean relevant information and key recommendations from various documents, policy documents to produce quality technical reports and quality knowledge products.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written and proven ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, to present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations
  • English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For the position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset.
  • Professional experience in climate adaptation planning and processes, and a good understanding of climate change agreements is highly desirable.
  • Experience in the implementation of internationally funded projects will be a distinct advantage. 

Core Competencies 

  • Leadership
  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values – ACBF’s staff subscribes to the following Values:

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

Climate Adaptation Expert

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 16:19

Background 

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is implementing a program that seeks to improve the performance of organizations working on climate adaptation for a sustainable climate adaptation ecosystem on the continent.  The overall expected outcome of the program is to have a strong group of Africa-based and African-led organizations capable of shaping Africa's response to climate change through effective policy dialogue, advocacy and use of a common voice for awareness-raising and policy influence. 

ACBF seeks to recruit a Climate Adaptation Expert to provide technical guidance and support to the Program. Operating under the overall guidance of the Director of Programs and the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Climate Adaptation Expert (CAE) will be primarily responsible for providing high quality technical, policy, programming, and implementation support, as well as for providing knowledge and capacity development services to ACBF and supported organizations. The CAE will also spur innovation, strategic leadership, dialogue and advocacy. S/he will support all stages of the program, which include the selection of organizations to be supported, capacity needs assessment, implementation of capacity improvement plans, monitoring of program activities, and knowledge generation and sharing. The CAE will also contribute to the building of the capacity of the supported organizations and developing and maintaining active climate adaptation knowledge and information networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.  S/he will actively participate in entrenching a culture of learning and quality improvement within the program and assist with monitoring and evaluation of program performance. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1Provide Technical Guidance 

  1. Coordinate an in-depth scoping of the climate change ecosystem, covering Sub-SaharanAfrica. 
  1. Coordinate a situation analysis of the climate change and adaptation ecosystem of Africa, exploring the situation, challenges, gaps and opportunities, to identify current gaps and inform the level of adaptation interventions required. 
  1. Coordinate the review and analysis of the existing African and global climate change/adaptation frameworks/agendas, research and development, innovation, policy/advocacy, paying attention to the milestones made to date in driving the climate adaptation agenda for Africa with a view to strengthening leadership and representation capacity. 
  1. Provide guidance for the mapping and profiling of climate change/adaptation actors and their roles(i.e., donors, governments, international NGOs, private sector organizations and CSOs) in Africa. 
  1. Lead ACBF’s effort in exploring the opportunities and challenges of global phenomena such as digital transformation and the COVID-19 pandemic on the service delivery of the organizations in the climate change/adaptation ecosystem. 
  1. Support the identification and recruitment of top-rated program consultants and experts to complement ACBF’s internal capacity for conducting work on specific activities and objectives of the program and for ensuring proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other reports. 
  1. Contribute to enhancing gender mainstreaming in climate adaptation interventions and policy formulation processes. 
  1. Provide input in the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework to enable organizations to regularly track and report on their progress on the implementation of climate adaptation commitments. 

2.   Support the Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) of supported organizations and the development of Capacity Improvement Plans (CIPs) 

i. Support the coordination of the Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) for each supported organization to uncover its organizational and skills gaps to enhance the organization’s performance in climate adaptation. For each supported organization, the CNA process will involve the following: 

  • Conducting a general analysis to understand the mandate of the organization including its clients and stakeholders with a view to increasing adaptive capacity and decrease vulnerability.
  • Reviewing the organizational performance in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, sustainability, and gender responsiveness.
  • Identifying and assessing key operational processes within the organization.
  • Identifying and prioritizing the identified capacity gaps.
  • Developing a customized Capacity Improvement Plan, including a change management plan, and the related budget. 

ii. Support the coordination and supervision of the development and implementation of customized performance improvement plans to address prioritized capacity challenges and gaps and evaluation of the program outcomes. 

3. Support Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Management 

1. Coordinate the development of policy briefs using findings from the CNAs to inform policy formulation and facilitate the dissemination of the policy briefs. 

2. Integrate and promote knowledge sharing throughout the entire program using information from CNAs and CIP outcomes to facilitate exchange of results generated, success stories and lessons learned. 

3. Establish and coordinate network of all the supported organizations, linking them with peer organizations, climate change/adaptation forums and networks and securing opportunities for their participation in climate adaptation capacity building events. 

4. Coordinate the production of knowledge products as informed by the findings of any research and scoping exercises emanating from this program to inform future programs and/or advancements in climate adaptation from which other organizations can learn.

5. Develop a process and mechanism to ensure sustainability of climate adaptation related training programs by designing accessible climate adaptation training materials.

6. Organize peer-to-peer workshops for the supported organizations to facilitate knowledge exchange and learning and integrate the key lessons and recommendations from such exchanges.

7. Support the flow of information on the strategic initiatives, trends and international climate negotiations to supported organizations.

8. Establish and maintain contacts with other relevant programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, encouraging exchange on good practices. 

4. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Advanced university degree in Ecology, Climate Science, Eco-Hydrology, Environmental Science, natural resource economics or a related discipline from a recognized university.
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant progressive professional experience in climate adaptation planning and processes, and ecosystem-based adaptation issues.
  • Strong research background and ability to glean relevant information, key recommendations from various documents, and policy documents to produce quality technical reports and quality knowledge management products.
  • A good understanding of climate change agreements with demonstrated ability to facilitate policy dialogue with officials at the highest levels of government, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, proven ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings, and recommendations
  • Proven experience in the design and implementation of organizational capacity development interventions, and experience in project management will be an added advantage.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset. 

Core Competencies 

  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation

Values - ACBF staff subscribes to the following Values: 

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

 

 

Bio-Medical Expert

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 15:49

Background 

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is undertaking a program that seeks to strengthen the capacities of Bio-Medical and Development institutions, including those involved in vaccine development in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable them to effectively deliver on their mandate and achieve tangible results. The program will provide support to institutions that are (i) working in drug discovery, (ii) working on vaccine discovery or development, or are intending to build such capacity and/or (iii) start-up institutions aspiring to provide scientific/technical guidance to scientists and logistics coordination to science project managers. The primary outcome expected from the Program is to have mature and well-run institutions fostering sustainable progress in their communities. 

ACBF seeks the services of a Bio-Medical Expert to provide technical guidance and support in the implementation of this program.  Operating under the overall guidance of the Director of Programs and the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Bio-Medical Expert will support the Program Secretariat in identifying key institutional challenges applicable to scientific and research and development institutions that are supported by the Program.  S/he will also contribute to advising the Program Secretariat on the technical aspects of institutional capacity development process, identifying innovations, and providing a strong support to the selection of top-rated service providers for the implementation of the Customized Capacity Improvement interventions. S/he will also provide technical oversight in program monitoring and evaluation as well as establishing quality assurance measures, to ensure that the program achieves its expected results.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Contribute to engagement with key institutions and other stakeholders and support the discussions on proposed projects, their expected results and the role of each partner and stakeholder. 

2. Provide technical oversight in the Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) of the supported institutions to identify the key capacity gaps that exist. 

3. Support the coordination of the preparation and presentation of the CNA findings, the validation process and provide technical input in the preparation of the customized Capacity Improvement Plan (CIP). 

4. Contribute to building capacity for process and systems improvement in the bio-medical processes, such as development of vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies and existing and newly evolving pathogens, including in the following areas: 

  • Implementation of vaccine/drug manufacturing and quality systems in collaboration with quality, supply chain and information technology staff. These systems include the Quality Management System and systems required for material control and supply planning.
  • Raw materials and components (RMC) drug product management. This includes writing or contributing to technical assessments in support of RMC deviation management, change control, comparability assessments, and regulatory submissions.
  • Life cycle support and continuous improvement of vaccine manufacturing and quality systems. 

5. Establish partnerships and networking opportunities for the supported institutions with other international agencies or research institutions and renowned Bio-Medical experts in the development of drugs and vaccines and other emerging bio-medical research and development areas, to position the institutions’ technical area of work and learning opportunities. 

6. Propose innovative strategies including the adoption of new technologies for improving bio-medical research capacity of supported institutions and propose a skills training/development plan. 

7. Provide support to the monitoring and evaluation and reporting on program results in line with the program results framework, with focus on key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of program deliverables. 

8. Coordinate or support the establishment of learning opportunities and platforms for the supported institutions, including training, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities to strengthen the institutions’ research capacities and ability to respond to emerging health emergencies and demands. 

9. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be on a competitive basis based on the following candidate profile: 

  • An advanced level university degree in epidemiology, virology, bio-medical and medical science, and other areas related to the functions of the position.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive professional experience at international levels in leading projects in bio-medical research and development programs, development of drugs and vaccines, including experience in respiratory viruses and influenza.
  • Experience working with international agencies in the bio-medical field would be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of current trends, and practices in public health, drug, and vaccine development.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate policy dialogue with officials at the highest levels of governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations.
  • Strong research background and ability to glean relevant information and key recommendations from various documents and policy documents to produce quality technical reports and developing quality knowledge products.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written and proven ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings, and recommendations.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For the position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset. 

Core Competencies 

  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values – ACBF’s staff subscribes to the following Values:

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

 

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 15:32

Background 

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is undertaking a leadership and institutional capacity development program that seeks to strengthen the capacities of institutions and organizations to enable them to effectively deliver on their mandate and achieve tangible results.  The primary outcome expected from the program is to have mature and well-run institutions and organizations, fostering sustainable progress in Africa, including in the areas of Bio-medical Sciences and Climate Adaptation. 

Operating under the overall guidance of the Director of Programs and the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert will be responsible for ensuring that quality criteria and results management arrangements for all program activities are in place and are applied rigorously at all levels. S/he will be responsible for assessing the existing M&E capacity of the supported institutions and organizations and the established capacity development programs, coordinating data collection, formulating the results measurement framework, building the M&E capacity of the supported institutions and organizations, including program monitoring and progress reporting, coordinating mid-term reviews and final evaluations, and contributing to knowledge generation and peer-learning. 

S/he will also facilitate the mainstreaming of a quality and results management system for the program. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Lead the development of M&E systems, tools and processes that will enhance and facilitate effective delivery of the programs and achievement of results. 

2. Develop overall baseline data for the supported institutions and organizations at the beginning of the program through the findings of the capacity needs assessment exercise to allow a setting of realistic target values for the result-level indicators considered for the respective institutions and organizations. 

3. Support the development of an M&E plan to guide each institution or organization in tracking progress and reporting on their institutional improvement results.  The M&E Plan will specify the data sources, data collection methods and frequency of each output and outcome-level indicator considered in the Results Tracker. 

4. Undertake regular project monitoring to measure progress of the program implementation and inform the preparation of progress reports. 

5. Conduct a mid-term review of the program and ensure wide dissemination of relevant findings among stakeholders. 

6. Conduct an overall end-of-project evaluation to assess the extent to which the supported institutions and organizations have been transformed in the areas of efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, sustainability, and organizational culture. The end-of-project evaluation will also help to draw key lessons to inform interventions in future programs.  

7. Provide quality assurance during the implementation of the program to better respond to the needs and   expectations of clients.  

8. Ensure that relevant findings are synthesized and leveraged for corporate decision-making and follow-up on implementation of action plans and support integration of monitoring, evaluation and learning into the design of future programs. 

9. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Advanced University Degree in a field relevant to Monitoring and Evaluation, such as Economics, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Statistics or any relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 8(eight) years of proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of international development programs.  Demonstrated experience in project planning, monitoring and evaluation in the capacity building sector is highly desirable.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods especially in program design and implementation.
  • Demonstrated technical capacity to provide support and guidance to program staff on design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of results-based M&E systems in development organizations.
  • Experience in designing M&E methodologies and tools and the ability to coach and train others in their use.
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate evaluations, including experience in developing evaluation terms of reference and recruitment and management of consultants.
  • Ability to lead and manage results-oriented and thematic evaluations.
  • Ability to prepare reports clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings, and recommendations.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with Management Information Systems (MIS) would be an asset. 

Core Competencies 

  • Planning and organizing
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values - ACBF staff subscribes to the following Values: 

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern. 

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

Principal Officer, Resource Mobilisation, Strategy and Partnerships

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 15:06

Background 

The Principal Officer, Resource Mobilisation, Strategy and Partnerships will be responsible for assisting the Executive Secretary with resource mobilization, strategic planning and growing ACBF business through creating, maintaining, and facilitating effective partnerships between ACBF and its collaborating and financing partners, including national governments, non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and foundations to secure resources for ACBF programs.  S/he will be responsible for promoting the Foundation and its achievements and be the liaison between ACBF program teams and funding and implementing partners in coordinating proposal development, partner solicitation and reporting on results. 

Duties and Responsibilities

 The specific responsibilities of the Principal Officer, Resource Mobilisation, Strategy and Partnerships include: 

1. Resource Mobilization 

i. Oversee the formation and operating processes of all resource mobilization activities, ensuring long-term, flexible, and sustainable resourcing for ACBF’s programs and deliverables.  Lead the continuous engagement with development partners to build strong relations, position and elevate what ACBF does while increasing its visibility. 

ii. Develop and implement a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy for ACBF which specifies achievable financial targets and pipeline, reporting and tracking system and how the team can achieve them. 

iii. Lead the process of concept note/proposal development in collaboration with program teams to ensure that they are properly coordinated and consistent with internal program priorities, cross cutting issues and partner priorities and requirements. 

iv. Promote the ownership of and advocacy for ACBF by African countries and the institutionalization of this ownership through regular financial contributions while demonstrating the value proposition and benefits that ACBF offers them. 

v. Identify and engage with traditional and innovative funding sources and potential partners to build and develop new business opportunities and strategic relationships for increasing the funding base. 

vi. Coach ACBF colleagues on approaches to business development and resource mobilization. 

vii. Collaborate with the Finance team in financial data tracking and analysis for budgeting, monitoring, and reporting and grant audit to meet program objectives and stakeholders/donor requirements. 

viii. Work closely with the Communication and Marketing and Management team to gather and manage knowledge and intelligence to develop innovative ways of securing and expanding existing funding streams and translate this into clear messages that multi-disciplinary teams use in their engagement with different partners. 

ix. Prepare updates to senior management on the status of resource mobilization and partnerships. 

2. Strategic Planning and Reporting 

i. Support the Executive Secretary with strategic planning and coordinating the development and implementation of annual business plans. 

ii. Lead and coordinate the preparation and production of the Foundation’s key reports including the Annual Report, report to the African Union Assembly and report to various partners, overseeing content development, quality control, finalization, and dissemination. 

iii. Support the Executive Secretary in the review and monitoring of the Corporate Dashboard and collaborate with the M&E Team in monitoring the implementation of the Business Plan activities and ACBF’s Strategic Plan. 

3. Partnerships 

i. Manage a comprehensive database of partners to facilitate tracking of partnerships and outreach to potential partners to enhance collaborative effectiveness and a mutually beneficial engagement. 

ii. Represent the Executive Secretary as delegated to promote ACBF and its mission, articulating its position and leveraging opportunities for strategic collaboration and synergies. 

iii. Support the Executive Secretary with the establishment of high-level networking initiatives to mobilize resources from traditional and new partners and sources. 

iv. Map events and manage a strategic “calendar” that anticipates events that can provide ACBF with partnership opportunities can be leveraged in an effective way. 

v. Support the programs team in exploring the potential of building or strengthening partnerships with pan-African organizations, RECs, policy institutes and think tanks, based on common interest and purpose. 

4. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Advanced University degree in Business Management, Development Financing, Public Administration, International Development, or any other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience, 5 years of which is proven and established track record in fund-raising, resource mobilization, business development, development financing and partnership-building at international level.  Prior experience in direct interactions with donors and financial institutions, including with private and institutional investors is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of the funding mechanisms and procedures for bilateral and multilateral and development partners, philanthropic organizations, private foundations or NGOs as well as in grant management.
  • Knowledge of the global development financing system, capital investments, results-based financing, and official development assistance.
  • Experience drafting proposals for funding that were successful and that translated into financial resources from diverse sources.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Ability to connect with people and form effective strategic alliances and present issues in a cogent and persuasive manner both orally and in writing.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF.  Fluency in English or French is a requirement and a good working knowledge of the other language.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset. 

Core Competencies 

  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values – ACBF’s staff subscribes to the following Values:

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

 

 

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Finance and Administrative Assistant

Vacancies Feed - Fri, 11/19/2021 - 14:16

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Accounting Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Carry out accounting duties for the program and monitoring availability of funds and financial expenditures according to the approved workplan.

2. Prepare and code journals for the monthly nominal ledger input. 

3. Code all transactions to ensure the allocation of transactions to correct budget lines. 

4. Process payment requests and vouching floats by checking the adequacy of supporting documents for accountability. 

5. Process approved Statements of Expenditure (SOEs) in the nominal ledger. 

6. Compile reports of program staff and consultants travel control accounts. 

7. Reconcile monthly key accounts to ensure that errors are minimized or detected and are corrected on time. 

8. Compile annual audit schedules. 

9. Process payments for partnerships, program disbursements, sundry creditors, internal and external consultants and any other such payments as allocated from time to time.  

2. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Provide administrative support to the staff members of the program. 

2. Make travel arrangements for staff members and consultants of the program for all missions related to program activities. 

3. Organize program meetings, take meeting minutes and prepare documentation for meetings, ensuring relevant documents and background papers on agenda items are available. 

4. Provide procurement support for the activities of the program with the guidance of the Procurement Unit. 

5. Set up, classify and maintain all files and records for the program in a chronological and accessible system. 

6. Ensure that the program secretariat has required office supplies. 

7. Manage event calendars for the program and assist with planning and arranging logistics for all program events. 

8. Receive, screen, distribute and monitor all incoming and outgoing mail for the program, attaching the necessary information and maintain a follow-up system. 

9. Receive and make telephone calls on behalf of staff members of the program. 

3. Perform any other duties as directed by Supervisor. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies 

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or relevant discipline.
  • Part Professional Accounting qualification and hands-on experience with SunSystems Accounting package would be an added advantage.
  • Five (5) years of experience in accounting or financial management, preferably in an international organisation.
  • Ability to handle large volumes of assignments accurately and thoroughly while balancing multiple agendas.
  • Good filing and organizing, work planning and scheduling skills.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF.  For the position, fluency in oral and written English is required.  Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with ERP systems would be an asset. 

Core Competencies 

  • Planning and organizing
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation 

Values - ACBF staff subscribes to the following Values: 

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern. 

 

Director of Programs

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Background

Operating from ACBF’s regional office for West and Central Africa in Accra, Ghana, the Director of Programs will be responsible for overseeing program operations at ACBF which includes the identification, development, delivery, quality control and evaluation of all projects, programs and knowledge and learning activities. The Director of Programs will also be responsible for managing the operations of ACBF in the West and Central African region and managing internal and external processes that seek to enhance the objectives of ACBF.

In this role, the Director of Programs will manage a contingent of program staff to consolidate, expand and innovate on investments in capacity development services in line with the Foundation’s vision and strategy.  The Director of Programs will report to the ACBF Executive Secretary.

Duties and Responsibilities

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Programs include:

Leadership and management

i. Provide overall leadership, guidance, and management of the Programs department in line with the Foundation’s strategic plan, including development of plans, budgets, policies, rules and procedures that guide overall implementation of program activities.

ii. Provide input into the Foundation’s strategic planning process, annual business planning, project implementation status report and annual reports.

iii. Oversee all phases of program operations and grant processes in close coordination with the other departments: identification, preparation, appraisal, negotiation and signing of grants, project monitoring and evaluation and disbursement of funds as well as provision of capacity development and advisory services.

iv. Oversee the knowledge and learning activities, products and services of the Foundation, including knowledge production and dissemination, learning and training, management of knowledge networks and practice communities.

iv. Manage staff performance providing the overall supervision and coordination of the work of the department ensuring compliance and providing guidance to staff to ensure that objectives are met.

Program Management

1. Capacity development investment and Results Management

i. Lead the Foundation’s work in continental, regional and national development efforts through its main capacity development areas of intervention and service lines, including skills development, institutional and organizational development, knowledge generation and sharing, technical assistance and advisory services, project management, and fund administration.

ii. Closely collaborate with the African Union and its organs, RECs, Member States and other pan-African organizations in supporting implementation of Agenda 2063 and SDGs and effectively support African countries in translating these into domestic policies and programs.

iii. Oversee the process of conducting country capacity needs assessments and program development, advocating and engaging stakeholders for dialogue and negotiation of country programs, assisting in implementing and monitoring country programs, supporting program impact assessments and documenting lessons and providing other services as pertinent.

iv. Manage the projects portfolio and disbursements and investments for projects with a view to optimize policy impact together with the respective grantees and partners.

v. Lead the monitoring and evaluation initiatives and reviews of the portfolio and reports on an ongoing basis and ensure that relevant findings are synthesized and leveraged for corporate decision-making and guidance.

vi. Ensure ACBF’s timely delivery on its accountability and reporting obligations to external parties.

2. Integrated knowledge management and learning function

i. Maintain ACBF’s status as a learning organization and the ‘go-to-place’ for capacity development that systematically draws lessons from practice, codifies promising approaches and applies lessons and innovations in operations.

ii. Integrate and promote knowledge sharing for capacity development, through the Foundation’s operational business processes and disseminate promising innovations from ACBF support initiatives, or from any other source that can inspire emulation and up-scaling of promising practice.

iii. Establish, manage and ensure overall building and coordination of Knowledge Networks on the continent including Strategic Studies Group (SSGs), Africa Think Tanks Network (ATTN), Policy Institute Committees (PICs) and African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results, (AfCoP).

iv. Collaborate with the Information and Communication Technology Unit in the development of knowledge infrastructure and selection of knowledge and learning instruments, ranging from the application of advanced state-of-the art electronic/digital systems and online virtual knowledge networks and platforms to support learning, knowledge dissemination and information sharing. 

v. Lead and coordinate operations-related quantitative and qualitative research and thematic/development-oriented research relating to capacity development and management issues aligned to the Foundation’s key areas on intervention to capture and share key lessons learned.

vi. Serve as Task Leader/Coordinator of ACBF’s key knowledge products and services, including the flagship Africa Capacity Report (ACR); Occasional and Working papers, policy briefs, African Capacity Development Forum, seminars/webinars, and High-Level Forums (HLFs).

vii. Lead and coordinate the preparation and production of knowledge database and research activities.

viii. Lead and coordinate the Foundation’s learning and training activities.

3. Resource Mobilization, Business Development and Advisory Services

i. Support ACBF’s management in anticipating, evaluating, and leveraging opportunities for strategic collaboration and building synergies with pan-African, country and other partners.

ii. Mobilize resources for identified projects and programs.

iii. Build a portfolio of fee-for-service technical assistance and advisory services that address specific capacity needs and support requests from countries, pan-African institutions, and other entities.

4Representation and Management of the West and Central Africa Office in Accra, Ghana

 i. Provide overall leadership, guidance, and management of the Regional Office in line with ACBF’s policies, rules and procedures that guide overall implementation of all activities.

ii. Represent ACBF and its Executive Secretary in the region through participation in key events and anticipating, evaluating, and leveraging opportunities for strategic collaboration and synergies with pan-African, country and other partners.

 iii. Lead in building and maintaining partnerships with national stakeholders including government officials, regional and continental organizations, international organizations, civil society and other strategic partners within the region and elsewhere in Africa.

 5. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary. 

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies

Selection will be competitive based on the following candidate profile:

  • Advanced degree (doctorate or masters) in a field related to international development or a business-related discipline.
  • Minimum of 15 years of demonstrated and progressive experience in capacity development, program management, strategic planning and advisory services, business development, policy-oriented research and analytical activities, knowledge management, resource mobilization, advocacy, and partnership building.
  • A good understanding of the capacity building discourse, solid understanding of ACBF’s niche and motivation to promote its services. 
  • A deep understanding or Africa’s development challenges and prospects as well as the continental development landscape, including the key continental and regional institutions and flagship programs and initiatives.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with external and internal clients and ability to network and interact with high-level officials in government, civil society, international organizations and the private sector.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written; proven ability to prepare clearly and concisely, present, discuss and defend issues, findings and recommendations; and strong interpersonal skills including team building.
  • Proven leadership experience and analytical skills and ability to make sound judgment, exercising highest responsibility to handle confidential and sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
  • English and French are the working languages of ACBF. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Good working knowledge of French is an added advantage.
  • Strong organizing, work planning and scheduling skills, capable of handling large volumes of logistical details accurately and thoroughly while balancing several complex agendas under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research and studies; experience in using recognized statistical packages will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to effectively use software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with project management in ERP systems would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Planning and organizing
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Communication
  • Respect for organizational, intercultural, and ethical values
  • Learning and Innovation

Values – ACBF’s staff subscribes to the following Values:

Communication, Recognition, Excellence, Accountability and Modern.

Please note, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply. 

ACBF is a smoke-free environment.

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.


H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.


H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.


Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.


Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.


Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana
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