Programme Lead – Land Governance

Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization


ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is the only global intergovernmental organisation exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law to advance peace and sustainable development. 

With its Headquarters in Rome, Italy, a Branch Office in The Hague, and United Nations Liaison Offices in New York and Geneva, IDLO carries out policy advocacy, research and learning, as well as the rule of law and justice programmes in countries through country offices operating in every region of the world.  

THE LAND GOVERNANCE PROJECT

IDLO’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024 views the rule of law as both an end in itself and as an enabler of peace and sustainable development. One of the objectives of the strategy is a focus on the rule of law as an enabler to support the realisation of environmental rights and climate justice, to promote climate resiliency, food security and increased access to land and natural resources. To support the realisation of this objective, the organisation has launched an initiative that aims to bolster its work in the field of land governance, particularly where it comes to land conflict management and mitigation, climate change, food security, and justice for women and girls. 

The project’s first component will be implemented in partnership with IGAD, resulting in hosting a high-level regional conference in Uganda at the end of 2022. The second component involves the development and implementation of an action plan post the conference that identifies key events, research opportunities and partnerships that IDLO can rely on to call attention to the critical importance of the rule of law in strengthening land governance for peace and development, gender equality, food security, and climate resilience. A key output of the project will be the production of specific research products as agreed with the project management team.

THE POSITION

The Department of Programs is the management and coordinating function for program delivery and capacity development. It is responsible for the implementation of IDLO’s global program portfolio for field and non-field locations in line with the organisational strategy.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Program Manager, Africa, the Program Lead-Land Governance will engage with internal and external functionaries to manage the implementation of the project. This will include serving as the technical lead for the management and implementation aspects of the intervention.   Additionally, the Program Lead- Land Governance, will serve as the technical representative of  IDLO in respect of the project with funding partners, IDLO HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, donors and civil society.

Primary Functions

  1. Oversee program implementation and ensure that all project phases are consistent with the project design and delivery schedule and in line with IDLO processes and procedures.
  2. Monitor program activities to ensure program compliance with donor contracts and procedures and that program cycle quality controls are in place. 
  3. Program Development and Program Representation. 
  4. Lead the program team, ensuring effective, efficient, result-based and timely delivery of activities and results.

Key results expected

1. Oversee program implementation, including work planning, budget management, monitoring, and reporting, and ensure that all phases of the project are consistent with the project design and delivery schedule and IDLO processes and procedures.

  • Monitor program implementation issues, including revisions to project design and work plans; make decisions for timely and optimal course corrections; 
  • Maintain oversight of the overall financial management and accurate financial forecasts, including reviewing financial reports and identifying areas of over-or under-spending and flagging any urgent budgetary issues.
  • Review and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; clear the submission of financial and narrative reports; highlighting the value and impact the program/activity brings;
  • Design, research, draft, and edit legal working papers, memos, briefs, and other original materials in the field experience, and utilise these materials for the development of relevant outputs;
  • Ensure program deliverables meet quality standards and proactively seek input from relevant substantive internal experts.

2. Monitor program activities to ensure program compliance with donor contracts as well as quality standards. 

  • Ensure compliance with program contracts and subcontracts;
  • Conduct research on legal, political, social, and economic events, trends, and/or developments relating to the program; respond to internal and external requests for such research;
  • Design, research, draft, and edit legal working papers, memos, briefs, and other original materials in the field experience, and utilise these materials for the development of relevant outputs;
  • Ensure program deliverables meet quality standards and proactively seek input from relevant substantive internal experts.

3. Program Development and Program Representation. 

  • Represent IDLO in program events, and under the guidance of the supervisor, build relationships and liaise with donors, UN agencies, government institutions; CSO’s and other stakeholders in the rule of law field through meetings and the preparation of reports and briefs;
  • Lead on the technical engagement with IGAD and other stakeholders for the successful hosting of the high-level conference, including national governments and donors. Represent IDLO in program events, and under the supervisor’s guidance, build relationships and liaise with donors, UN agencies, government institutions, and CSOs to enable the organisation’s engagement in the high-level conference.
  • In coordination with the supervisor, generate ideas and identify new program opportunities; provide substantive input in the development of proposals or concept notes aimed at innovatively expanding IDLO’s program portfolio in line with country/regional/organisational strategies;
  • Responsible for designing implementation plans using standardised program cycle management tools, logic models and frameworks, work plans, monitoring reports, and others. 

4. Lead the program team, ensuring effective, efficient, result-based, timely delivery of activities and results.

  • Effectively lead the team by providing clear direction, addressing development and performance management through ongoing dialogue and mentoring; fostering a teamwork approach in meeting objectives and goals; address possible conflicts in a positive and constructive manner; encourage initiative and maintain effective working relationships within a multi-cultural setting;
  • Responsible for developing staffing plans, coordinating with Human Resources in the recruitment and selection of employees and consultants; 
  • Oversee the monitoring of contracts, responsible for providing recommendations on amendments and changes to contracts and status.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
Education / Academic qualifications 

  • A graduate degree (master’s or equivalent) in Law, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Health or another related field is required.

Work experience

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience working on the interface between development programming and research, preferably within an international setting (UN, IGO, international NGO).
  • Professional experience in Rule of Law programming or land governance is required, preferably in connection with climate justice, food security, and justice for women and girls.
  • Professional experience in project management, organisation of events, and team leadership are required, preferably complemented with experience conducting or managing research projects.

Languages

  • Fluency in English is required. 
  • Knowledge of other languages, French, in particular, is highly desirable.

Technical competencies

  • Strong command of the rule of law-related terminology is desirable. 
  • Excellent oral presentation, communication, and networking ability and inter-personal skills; and 
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer and Microsoft office programs effectively, including SharePoint and electronic sources in research activities. 

Behavioural competencies

  • Good team player, positive attitude, flexible mind, comfortable in working in multi-cultural settings;
  • Willingness to conduct research-related missions in the field, including conflict-affected and post-conflict countries; and 
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, as well as in a small team in a well-organised manner and exercising sound judgment. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

For this internationally recruited position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate an Affiliate contract of 12 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding. 

IDLO shall also offer an annual basic salary of EUR 66,679 and a benefits package including provident fund contribution, medical, and leave entitlements in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules. Relocation and installation support are also available for internationally recruited employees.

Salaries and benefits paid by IDLO to employees are exempt from taxation in Italy and the Netherlands. IDLO employees are responsible for compliance with income tax laws of their country of nationality or residence and/or of any other relevant fiscal jurisdiction.

Applications will be screened on a rolling basis, and a qualified applicant might be recruited before the deadline. To ensure effectiveness and efficiency, only short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates.

IDLO is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.

DISCLAIMER AND CLOSING DATE

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection. 

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organisational needs as necessary.

 Application deadline:  29 June 2022 (23:59hrs Rome Time). 

 

 

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