Head of Programme - Global Fund

  • Added Date: Thursday, 10 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UNโ€™s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.ย 

  • Leads on the assessing the programmatic impact and substantive monitoring of programme delivery and evaluation of the programmesโ€™ performance and proactively leads on reviews with national and implementing partners, SRs for underperformance, bottlenecks and ensures the accountability for the timely implementation of corrective action(s);ย ย 
  • In coordination with the Project Coordinator and other PMU unit heads, the Head of Programme leads on performing risk assessments, develops and implements risk management matrix/plan in the areas of programme and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and ensures adequate oversight and support is provided, with timely incident reporting;
  • Liaise with all functional units of the PMU โ€“ PSM, Programme, Finance, etc. โ€“ to ensure effective coordination towards timely delivery of agreed activities in line with the grant agreement, UNDP rules, policies and procedures and corporate agreements with the Global Fund and leads the preparation of GF programmatic reports and other reporting requirements (e.g., UNDAF, CPD, UBRAF);ย ย 
  • Establishes a framework and agreed procedures with the Sub-recipient (SRs) for regular, quality reporting to UNDP on programmatic progress (e.g., implementation of activities, and reporting of indicators in accordance with the grant M&E frameworks).ย 
  • Leads on the programmatic and M&E activities for UNDP and SRs to define project proposals, reprogramming requests, annual and quarterly workplans and budgets to ensure timely achievement of agreed results, budget compliance in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures and Grant Agreement with the Fund (e.g., Performance Framework);ย 
  • Develops and maintains an organizational structure for programme and M&E team to ensure adequate resources to deliver UNDPโ€™s commitments, and supports in the recruitment/procurement of staff, contractors, service providers, fostering diversity, equity and inclusion and builds the technical, management and leadership capacity of staff for promotion of organizational excellence; and
  • Under the guidance of the Project Coordinator, in the areas of programme and M&E leads on supporting programme audits (including Sub-recipients) and investigations and in coordination with the Regional Bureau, Office of Audit and Investigations, GF/HIST and ensures timely follow up on management actions and recovery actions.ย  ย 
  • Provides technical support to the SRs to strengthen their management and implementation of activities, as well as their M&E systems and develops risk mitigation and management plans and establish and tracking system to monitor the implementation of the risk matrix and management plans.
  • Liaises with national and international health partners to ensure that all the available support and technical assistance is made available to the implementing partners.
  • Develops appropriate tools as necessary for UNDP and SRs to facilitate effective implementation and programmatic reporting on the Global Fund grants.
  • Ensures that project monitoring arrangements comply with GF grant confirmations /guidelines and UNDPโ€™s rules, policies and procedures provisions are fully observed.ย 
  • Participates and provides technical support to the prepare TORs, conduct of national surveys, surveillances, and other studies.ย 
  • Reviews the management information systems of the SRs and agrees on required changes or resources to ensure that programme and data quality standards are monitored and met and reviews the quality of existing data sources, including their completeness and timeliness, and identify areas for strengthening in collaboration with the government, partners and programmes;ย 
  • Supports the timely implementation of studies to be carried out by the SRs (national programmes, and NGOs), including the finalization of study protocols and their detailed budgets for consideration by the GF; andย 
  • Under the direction of the Project Coordinator participates in external supervision and evaluation missions of the GF and other agencies by facilitating access to programmatic and M&E data, as required and ensures the optimal use of evaluation findings by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication/dissemination plan.ย 
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, CSOs and other organizations on programmatic and M&E interventions to strengthen policies and procedures and health systems.
  • Proactively anticipates implementation bottlenecks and identifies innovative ways to resolve the same to strengthen program implementation and oversight, M&E reporting skills of the SRs in order to support the transition of the PR role from UNDP.ย 
  • Supports development and implementation of capacity development and transition plans and mechanisms.
  • Maintains close coordination between the programmes and other health and development initiatives in the country, to promote partnership building and avoid duplication of programmatic activities and to exchange critical and technical information and resolve implementation issues.ย 
  • Supports the national strategic planning processes for the programmes based on evidence gained during implementation of the programmes; and
  • Leads the design and delivery of programmatic and M&E and health information system training and/or capacity building to NAC, MoHCC, together with implementing partners involved in the implementation of the grants.ย ย 
  • In coordination with the Project Coordinator, builds strategic partnerships and maintains strong working relationships with the NAC, MoHCC, NGOS, CSOs, communities, donors, technical partners, and UN entities to ensure transparent and effective management, quality services and oversight of the programmes.
  • Supports the Project Coordinator in advising the Deputy Resident Representative on the range of value-added services and policy initiatives that UNDP can provide to the government in the implementation of GF programmes and cost-recovery mechanisms including General Management Services (GMS) and Direct Project costs;ย 
  • Supports the Project Coordinator in the coordination between the programmes and other health and development initiatives in the country, to promote partnership building and avoid duplication of programmatic activities and to exchange critical and technical information and resolve implementation issues; and
  • Supports the Project Coordinator to develop funding requests to the GF and that also complement UNDPโ€™s PR role with other health and development activities and the development of project documents and initiation of the programmes.
  • Identifies and assesses the implications of UNDPโ€™s rules, policies and procedures in the functional areas of programme management and monitoring and evaluation on the implementation of GF programmes in coordination with GF/HIST and other UNDP units (e.g., BMS) and reports to the Country Office on changes to GF rules that impact on the programme;
  • Provides high quality programme briefs, write ups and inputs to UNDP reports including, ROAR, Annual Reports, Briefing Notes and any other request for information and represents UNDP at the UN Joint Theme on HIV/AIDS and CCM, at the request of the Project Coordinator;ย 
  • Identifies and supports development of communications (print, video) highlighting key programme achievements, best practices, and lessons learnt and contributes to information sharing with the NAC, MoHCC, implementing partners, NGOs, CSOs, communities, donors and technical partners, the GF, CCM, Regional Bureau and GF/HIST; andย 
  • Actively participates in UNDP and other relevant external networks to promote the programmes and UNDPโ€™s health and development work (e.g., conferences, community of practice, Yammer) and represents UNDP in relevant technical meetings, working groups at country, regional and global level and gathers lessons learnt to apply to the programmes. PR

Core Competencies


  • Masterโ€™s degree in Public Health, International Development, Law, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum 7 yearsโ€™ progressive relevant experience in health and development projects with 3 yearsโ€™ experience in the management of HIV programmes.ย 
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of health information systems is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of UN or UNDP rules, policies and procedures is an asset.ย 
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is an asset.ย ย 
  • Strong knowledge of Global Fundโ€™s rules, policies and procedures and reporting to the Global Fund.ย 
  • Demonstrated experience in working with AGYW and/or key populations.ย 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing effective partnerships with government and civil society organizations in the area of health and development programmes.
  • Experience in building capacity of national stakeholders in the area of health and development programmes as well as M&E is an asset.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written.ย 

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Contract Duration: 2 Year with possibility for extension

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