Head of Programmes at Laura And Partners Consulting Limited

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka
  • 00 USD / Year
  • Salary: 00

Laura And Partners Consulting Limited

Main Purpose of Job:

The Head of Programmes supports the corporate growth strategy by ensuring that the organisation delivers quality on all its consultancy and donor projects in a timely and effective manner. The role is responsible for managing and operationalizing new business development effort, as required by it’s operational functions, Board and donors.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  •  Strategy formulation and planning;
  • Programmes Oversight and business development ;
  •  Stakeholder management through identification of strategic partnerships/linkages on existing and new sustainable partnerships;
  • Governance compliance and risk management;
  •  Resource management ;
  •   Monitoring and Evaluation ;
  •  Knowledge Management, Communication and Reporting; and
  • Team leadership, coaching and mentorship

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Planning 

  • Contribute to the development of the Corporate Strategy;
  • Lead the development of strategic plans and budgets for all programmes;
  •   Provide strategic programmes guidance to the executive team, contributing to overall business growth and profitability/surplus;
  • Provide leadership to the team in achieving the overall program strategy;
  • Review and ensure alignment of program priorities, strategies and plans with the broader organisation’s strategy and plan; and
  • Develop and manage the Programme team activity and work plan to ensure that it attains its objectives as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible

Programmes Oversight and Business Development  

  • Lead the implementation of all projects and programs;
  • Identify and prioritize business development opportunities in consultation with Chief Executive Officer;
  • Create and update the business model canvas in consultation with the Strategic Management Team;
  • Collaborate with the Business Development teams in responding to potential program funding opportunities and;
  • Lead the development of programme ideas into grant proposals and;
  • Lead and coordinate the proposal development process for new business

Stakeholder Management

  • Manage donor/private client’s relationships for new projects in collaboration with the Team Lead for the Project
  • Support the Programme Managers in strengthening the organization’s relationship with strategic networks and alliances;
  • Represent the organization and participate in networking meetings, events and forums all levels; and
  • Represent the organization different programme-related knowledge sharing and learning forums and events, document and share feedback with the team

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Closely monitor program works to ensure alignment and contribution to the organization strategy through systemic documentation of quantitative and qualitative achievements; and
  • Ensure programmatic issues, challenges and recommendations are communicated to the CEO and other relevant partners in a timely and accurate manner

Governance Risk and Compliance 

  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies in collaboration with the Grants, Contracts and Compliance team; and
  • Ensure compliance of approved Programme and Project plans

Resource Management 

  •  Monitor and provide guidance on programme spending and variance reports; and
  • Manage the expenditure and disbursement of resources allocated to the programme team.

Knowledge management, Communication and Reporting 

  •  Ensure quality and timely submission of quarterly and annual or required Programme and Project Performance Reports as per desired standards and guidelines;
  • Support information and communication assets gathering (stories, photographs, etc.) from the earliest stages of interventions;
  • Regularly create content for outward facing communication efforts;
  • Ensure that M&E data is used to for learning and decision-making ;
  • Ensure relevant takeaways and lessons are well documented and shared with the team for continuity; and
  •  Ensure that regular reporting is complete and on-time (quarterly and annual reports, as well as annual review contributions).

Team Leadership and Coaching 

  • Support HR to recruit qualified staff for the various projects;
  • Lead program staff training initiatives and manage induction and provides induction, coaching, mentoring and advice to the team to ensure they understand and carry out their responsibilities effectively;
  • Lead and manage program team to achieve its mandated targets in accordance with annual operational plans; and
  • Identify internal professional capacity-building requirements related to corporate sustainability and agree on a plan with the HR Manager

Qualifications, Experience and Skills:  

Considerable competence at senior management level is required to understand and apply advanced policies, practices, procedures, concepts, and principles.

General Education:

Full Grade Twelve (12) Certificate

Professional/Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in business management, social sciences, or similar qualification.

Professional and valid membership to relevant professional body

Relevant Job Experience:

At least 8 years’ management experience at senior level in project/programmes management three of which must be in SME development and working with international organisations and donors; within NGO, donor funded project, government, government agency) or private sector development or economic development consultancy working directly with private sector partners;

Experience of interacting with private sector partners at a senior operations/board level; and

Experience of managing a large budget (budgeting, forecasting, procurement, contract management, reporting).

Skills :

  • Team building;
  • Conflict management;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Decision making skills;
  • Conceptual skills; and
  • Highest standards of integrity.
  • Strategic leadership and management skills;
  • Organisation and coordination skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Influencing/persuasion/judgement
  • Performance management and development;
  • Developing, motivation and coaching
  • Mentoring and counseling and
  • Strategy formulation and execution
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Zambian SME development sector;
  • Programming and M&E skills
  • Sound business and commercial acumen
  • Budget formulation, execution and monitoring skills;
  • Risk management skills encompassing the governance, risk and compliance landscape
  • Data analysis and interpretation skills;
  • Project management skills;
  • Change management skills and;
  • Knowledge of the full MS Office suite

Method of Application

The Managing Partner/CEO
Laura & Partners Consulting Limited CV 16
D.G Wallace Road,
COMESA Exhibition Village, Show grounds,

Applications must be emailed with the subject “Head of Programmes” to [email protected] on or before 18 June 2024. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

To apply for this job email your details to chipo@lauraandpartners.com