Scope of the Position
The Regional Program Manager is responsible for planning, management, coordinating, implementation and monitoring of the program’s work plan and activities across the target countries to ensure delivery of high quality outputs and timely reporting in line with donor requirements. S/he will provide technical inputs and collaborate with relevant stakeholders at national and regional levels on the implementation of the program’s work-plan. The Regional Program Manager is responsible for managing relationships with national governments, research partners, regional economic and health bodies, the private sector, civil society and donors as well as ensuring visibility of the bouillon fortification program by representing HKI and the program at key events.
The Fortification Program Manager reports to HKI’s Regional Nutrition Director for Africa. S/he will supervise two National Food Fortification Program Coordinators and work closely with HKI’s regional and country office staff, while liaising with partner agencies, including the National Fortification Alliance and private sector bouillon manufacturers to implement the project activities.
Program Planning, Management, and Leadership
Provides overall program management and leadership of the multi-country program. Takes lead in development of regional and country work plans. Follows up the preparation and signature of sub-grants. Coordinates partners’ activities according to designated tasks. Ensures compliance with donor requirements and HKI policies, procedures and processes. Facilitates regular virtual/face-to-face meetings between country level project actors to ensure sustained information sharing and knowledge management.
Mobilizes timely and regular technical support to country level teams on project design, reporting and monitoring, ensuring feasibility and quality assurance thorough appropriate selection of national partners, adequate project management, and supervision. Facilitates country level and regional linkages with technical institutions and other organizations. Helps ensure the development of quality, evidence based technical tools and guides.
Promote national ownership of the program by liaising with the National Fortification Alliance in each country to organize monthly meetings of Country Working Groups to provide regular support and guidance to micronutrient fortification of bouillon. Work with the Country Working Groups to identify and fill data and evidence gaps in support of micronutrient fortification of bouillon. Lead national and regional advocacy to facilitate revision or drafting and adoption of national and regional standards for micronutrient fortification of bouillon.
Takes overall responsibility for ensuring that HKI country offices provide accurate and timely reporting of project results, and the development and implementation of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for different partners’ activities at sub-regional and country level. Works to assure quality of program implementation with country offices. Consolidates country office and implementing partners’ reports for reporting to the donor and HKI regional office.
Supports staff and partners to document interesting programmatic findings and lessons learned related to micronutrient fortification of bouillon. Develops knowledge management mechanisms and shares information across countries, expanding lessons learned to other countries.
Grant Compliance and Budget Control
Ensures donor funds are allocated and managed in accordance with HKI and donor policies and good financial standards. With country teams, develops financial monitoring tools that are linked to activities and implementation plans. Together with the country team, tracks budget expenditures over time to ensure budget compliance. Reviews financial reports for the project and monitors the project budgeting and activities.
Represents HKI at appropriate global and regional meetings related to the program. Facilitates linkages between civil society, government, the private sector, and international agencies that promote and build awareness of evidence-based approaches to food fortification and public health.