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Weather & Climate Services in East Africa (WISER) Programme Manager

Posted: 25 Sep 2019 Closes: 24 Nov 2019
Exeter Competitive
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20190925085205

As the leader of a substantial (£25m) international aid defrayment programme, the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Fund Programme Manager is accountable for all aspects of delivery and governance.


Job Responsibilities:

  • To lead the WISER Fund Management team as well as provide direction to 12 project leads, troubleshooting potential risks and issues to ensure the programme is managed to best effect.
  • To oversee all aspects of delivery including periodic in country project technical reviews and governance checks to ensure all delivery partners are on track and in line with DFID terms and conditions.
  • To act as the principal lead managing the relationship with the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) our partner and DFID, reporting on programme progress via monthly programme boards and quarterly/annual reporting.Accountable for all aspects of the Knowledge Management plan which showcases WISER deliver through a range of events, case and impact studies.
  • To play an active role as part of the Commissioning Team management team

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. An experienced Programme Manager with a proven track record of delivering on time and to customers’ requirements, ideally through experience of managing a vision-led business change programme. Current Managing Successful Programmes (MSP TM) Practitioner or an ability and willingness to acquire this qualification.
  2. Demonstrable ability to build and maintain relationships including strong skills around communication (written and oral), negotiation and influence at senior levels.
  3. Good understanding, and preferable experience, of working on International Development projects (ODA compliant) or programmes, applying Department for International Development (DFID)’s programme management tools and techniques - including the Logical Framework Approach, Logframes, and the Theory of Change.
  4. Strong and proven leadership and management skills, with line management experience in a programme/project environment.
  5. Meticulous organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritize multiple conflicting demands.
  6. Strong analytical skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify resolutions for critical decisions, risks and issues. Some experience of managing large budgets.
  7. A willingness and ability to travel – most likely in the East Africa region


Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A comprehensive understanding and experience of the interactions between programmes, projects and their support offices (PMOs).

Additional Supplementary Information:

Key Dates: Closing date Sunday 13th October 2019 with interviews on Monday 4th November 2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.   

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

For operational reasons this post will be based in [location]”.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years.

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