Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where; people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good.
Goal 2 of Trócaire’s Strategic Plan on Equitable Access To and Use of Resources, seeks to ensure that people living in poverty, particularly women, exercise their right to access and control natural resources and benefit from the sustainable use and management of those resources. It prioritises the need for enhancing resilience and economic wellbeing, nutrition and food security, challenges the largescale commercial agriculture model, and recognises the impact of climate related disasters.
The Programmes Team support Country Offices and Partners to deliver coherent impactful programmes, through promoting learning and innovation, and providing high-quality technical assistance, which enables positive changes in the lives of the communities, and women and men we serve. The Programme Manager role will play a pivotal role, working alongside the Head of Programmes, to drive the development of high quality, innovative programming, and specifically lead and support work on Equitable Access to and Use of Resources. This includes supporting resilience programming and programming on markets engagement. They will also work to ensure that there is a consistent and integrated approach to standards, approaches and learning across all programming areas.
For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.
Reporting to Head of Programmes, this is a contract of two-year duration and is based in Maynooth.
Managing: One to three Programme Advisers, as designated by the Head of Programmes.
Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
• Working alongside the Head of Programmes, provide strategic leadership to deliver on the programmes vision outlined in the Strategic Plan, specifically related to our work on access to and use of resources.
• Directly line manage Programme Advisors in this area of work, ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities, and supporting their performance and professional development.
• Model leadership in accordance with the culture and vision of the organisation and foster a culture of team-working and mutual support within the Programmes Team and with other teams.
• Ensure stewardship of funds and resources.
Development of Strategy, Guidance & Resources
Together with Programme Advisors, and informed by programming
• Lead and support the development of organizational strategy and vision on resource rights and use, including sustainable livelihoods, access to markets, and resilience programming.
• Support the development of guidance and resources to assist in the implementation of resource rights and use strategy, aligned to the organisation integration strategy and the organisational theory of change, including supporting advocacy in programming.
• Support the development of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy and guidance in relevant areas including project cycle management, targeting, global indicators, evaluations etc.
• Support the development of organisation strategy on institutional funding (IF) for resource rights and use, including stakeholder mapping.
Provision of high quality timely Technical Support for country programme planning, delivery and evaluation
• Together with Programme Advisors, ensure the balanced and strategic provision of technical support to the programme countries on resource rights and use programming through remote support and regular field visits.
• Undertake a minimum of four technical support visits to country programmes, including providing ‘back-stop’ support to countries if needed.
• Oversee and provide technical support on programming aspects of institutional funding proposals, implementation and reporting, in particular for Irish Aid and other large multi-country grants, related to this area of work.
• Provide strategic guidance and support to country offices in the design and delivery of integrated programmes.
• Work collaboratively with the Humanitarian Programme Managers to develop a coherent approach to resilience and DRR, and sustainable livelihoods across development and humanitarian programming.
Facilitation of Learning and Sharing within and across Country Programmes
Together with Programme Advisors
• Facilitate and support a strong learning and knowledge management on resource rights and use strategies and practices across programmes.
• Lead on a resource rights and use community of practices and global learning meeting, as necessary.
• Identify and support new research opportunities on resource rights, both at country level and cross-country, aligned to the organisational research strategy and guide.
• Where desirable, initiate and support multi-country research initiatives.
Strategic engagement in relevant internal and external fora enabling collaboration and profiling
• Foster strategic engagement and collaboration CSOs, networks and alliances, research institutes and networks and others.
• Represent Trócaire’s programming work on resource rights and use at networks and in relevant internal and external fora, ensuring profile of Trócaire’s research and learning.
• Keep abreast of trends in the sector and advise on appropriate action to respond to developments.
• Contribute to donor dialogue on development trends, represent the organisation with donors, where appropriate, and support IF and country offices to meet donor requirements for information, related to this area of work.
Supporting a cohesive Integrated Team
• Work alongside managers in Ireland (particularly in Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy Division and the Humanitarian Team) and with mangers at country level (particularly Heads of Regions, Country Directors and Programme Managers) to ensure co-ordinated strategic leadership in the delivery of the Plan.
• Develop and model integrated ways of working across the technical team aligned to the vison for integrated programming.
• Prioritise and deepen cross-programmatic learning with the Humanitarian Team to ensure greater alignment and strategic links between Trócaire’s development and humanitarian work.
• Support the Head of Programmes in the promotion of coherent, balanced programming through contribution to organisational and divisional scorecards, annual reporting, and the use of Salesforce and Box, related to this area of work.
• Leading on strategic projects as identified and agreed within the team.
Any other relevant tasks as identified by management, in line with the scope and focus of the role.
Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework
• Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.
• Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.
• Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.
• Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.
• Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision-making.
• Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.
• Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.
Management Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Management Framework
Trócaire managers are expected to foster positive employee relations by managing people in an open, fair, and consistent manner. All individuals must be treated with respect and dignity and work in an environment that supports and enables them to be the best that they can be. Trócaire sets out the following standards to ensure effective management of people in line with our values to support this:
• Relationships: All individuals will be managed in a positive environment, with empathy for managing emotions and taking a proactive approach in relation to managing any interpersonal conflicts guided by appropriate organisation policies and procedures when relevant.
• Employee Well-being: All team members will be managed with consideration for their personal well-being recognising the demands of competing priorities, heavy workloads and pressurised, often insecure environments that we work in. It is important to be mindful of our duty of care towards our employees and always prioritise their health, safety and well-being.
• Trócaire Policies: Managers must understand and implement all Trócaire organisation policies in a consistent and objective manner with all individuals they are responsible for.
• Performance Management: Managers are expected to enable and support employees to give their best by being clear with expectations, coaching, supporting and mentoring them, recognising achievement and ensuring regular honest feedback to support a high performance culture.
• Supporting Development: Manage and develop employees recognising talent and good performance, delegating appropriately to ensure team members are provided with opportunity to work in an environment where they are empowered to make decisions based on their responsibilities and ability.
• Recruitment & Selection: Managers will demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, judgement and consistency in identifying and securing talent required for the future success of the organisation.
• Manage Change: To actively contribute and own management decisions, drive change and bring people along by communicating changes effectively with team members in a timely and appropriate manner allowing for consultation when appropriate.
• Decision-making: Managers are expected to make decisions in a timely manner in line with strategic priorities with consideration for the resources required and our value of stewardship, always considering the good of the organisation. When possible and appropriate to maximise opportunities for new innovations and efficiency improvements.
Person Specification – Essential Requirements
(E) Qualification A post-graduate qualification in a relevant related field.
(E) Experience Strong leadership skills and demonstrated leadership of development processes.
At least six years’ experience of working in international development.
At least three years’ field experience in management of development programmes.
A solid understanding of current development issues. Challenges and innovations, and specifically on resource rights and use.
Knowledge and experience of programming on resource rights and use: resilient livelihoods, transformative agriculture, nutrition, agroecology, land and natural resource rights, community natural resources management, markets engagement, community based disaster risk management etc.
Specific experience and expertise in resilience programming and markets engagement.
Experience of supporting research and learning in programmes.
(E) Skills • An ability to provide strategic leadership within a high-performing organisation.
• Ability to work with and influence colleagues and other managers.
• Proven ability to motivate and encourage teams and work collaboratively as part of cross organisational teams.
• Demonstrated communication skills including the ability to relate across different organisational functions, structures and levels.
• Experience of facilitating capacity building and learning processes.
• Excellent English-language written, verbal and IT skills.
• Specific understanding of impact measurement at field level.
• Knowledge of French or Spanish.
(E) Qualities • A demonstrated interest in and commitment to social justice.
• The ability to build relationships across the organisation and motivate others.
• An ability to be flexible and adaptable to a changing environment.
• Ability to work on one’s own initiative and operate as part of a team.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
(E) Other • Empathy with the ethos of Trócaire as a Catholic organisation.
• Ability and willingness to travel on a regular basis.