Job
Regional Managers – Africa and Asia

Organization Name: CoST - the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
Location: Regional / Global (Africa and Asia)
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 05-February-2018
Closing Date: 19-February-2018

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Title: Regional Managers – Africa and Asia

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia

General Description:

We are looking for two enthusiastic and dedicated individuals or organisations to join our growing team and lead the growth and implementation of CoST - the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative in Africa and Asia.

The role will focus on supporting our in-country partners with implementation, advocacy and learning. This includes building local capacity, providing bespoke training, advice and technical support to national managers, donors, government, industry and civil society. It will also include engaging regional partners such as the Regional Development Bank and identifying opportunities to grow CoST within the region.

The successful candidates will have extensive experience of working on governance, transparency, social accountability, open data and or multi-stakeholder programmes preferably in public infrastructure. They will lead high-level engagement in country and across the region with government, civil society, the private sector and donors, and facilitate partnerships that advocate for greater transparency and accountability in public infrastructure.

The persons or organisations will have a track record of substantive project management, coordinating budgets and donor reporting across multiple countries.

Details:

The successful candidates will be initially employed on a part-time on consultancy basis.

The fee rate will be commensurate with experience and the regional market.

To apply, please email a two page CV and one page covering letter to CoST@constructiontransparency.org specifying the region you are based in, in the email subject box and covering letter.

Equal opportunities:

CoST is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of colour, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the LGBT communities.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Title: Regional Manager – Africa and Asia

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia

Reporting to: Associate Director

General Description:    

Based in the region, the incumbents will be responsible for leading  the  growth  and  implementation  of  CoST  –  the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative in Africa or Asia.  The role will  focus  on  supporting  CoST  members  and  affiliates  with implementation, advocacy and learning. This includes building local capacity, providing bespoke training, advice and technical support to national managers, donors, government, industry and civil society. It will also include engaging regional partners such as the Regional Development Bank and identifying opportunities to grow CoST within the region.

The  person  will  have  extensive  experience  of  working  on governance, transparency, social accountability, open data and or   multi-stakeholder   programmes   preferably   in   public infrastructure.  They will lead high-level engagement in country and across the region with government, civil society, the private sector and donors, and facilitate partnerships that advocate for greater transparency and accountability in public infrastructure.

The incumbent will have a track record of substantive project management, coordinating budgets and donor reporting across multiple countries.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

Lead the  development and  implementation  of  multi-country programmes in the region (Approx. time spent: 50%)
Develop strategy, provide advice and technical support to multi-stakeholder groups, national secretariats, and all relevant stakeholders across government, industry, civil society,  academia,  donors  etc.  on establishing  and implementing   CoST   programmes   including   Multi-Stakeholder Working, Disclosure, Assurance and Social Accountability.
Support the capture and analysis of data to measure and demonstrate impacts from CoST implementation
Lead, develop  and  implement  bespoke  national  and regional capacity building and training programmes that are tailored to the needs of the local/regional context
Identify, appoint and  supervise  consultants to deliver studies, capacity building and training workshops
Quality assure policy and technical outputs to ensure they are fit for purpose prior to delivery/publication 
Identify lessons from CoST implementation and develop strategies for knowledge sharing and lesson learning across CoST countries and relevant stakeholder groups

Advocate for and influence policy reform (Approx. time spent: 30%)
Facilitate strategic partnerships and effectively bring together diverse multi-disciplinary groups with different interests to work together and deliver common development goals
Develop and maintain relationships with an array of senior/influential stakeholders including governments (up to Head of State/Ministerial and Ambassadorial levels), international/regional organisations, companies and industry associations, NGOs, academic and professional institutions, investors and grant-making bodies, media and journalists, and all relevant stakeholders to promote CoSTs’ principles, products and messages.
Represent CoST at regional and national events, conferences and meetings, give media interviews and speak publicly
Support the development of content for media and communications products and materials to increase the visibility and reach of CoST programmes
Monitor and analyse political economy developments in the region and keep the CoST International Secretariat informed of how they could impact CoST specifically and governance reforms more generally.
Lead the development of research and policy activities, aimed at improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure.(Approx. time spent: 10%)
Lead and deliver high quality research and policy/design outputs on infrastructure governance that will influence key stakeholders
Instruct, supervise and manage consultants/multi-disciplinary teams to deliver high quality research and policy outputs
Quality assure research and policy outputs to ensure they are fit for purpose
Identify and develop opportunities that promote the growth of CoST within the region (Approx. time spent: 25%)
Lead the engagement with governments and other stakeholders who are interested in CoST’s approach to transparency and accountability including supporting the development of applications to join the programme
Engage donors, identify opportunities and develop proposals to secure regional or national funding for CoST
Manage projects and budgets (Approx. time spent: 15%)
Lead and manage teams of local experts to deliver CoST products and objectives
Manage and execute projects/grants, ensuring projects are effectively delivered on time and within budget and meets the requirements of donor partners
Prepare forecast and actual budgets, progress and financial reports that satisfy donor or Board requirements
Review grant applications from the region to ensure they comply with CoST requirements
Provide administrative and logistical support such as book flights, accommodation, venues etc. as required
Essential Attributes:
          
Experience:

At least 5 years of experience in:
Successfully leading, managing and delivering complex multi-country programmes and projects, involving multiple stakeholders, from start to finish, in challenging and diverse environments
Building strategic partnerships and developing multi-stakeholder approaches/cooperation
Engaging with, influencing and being credible with senior government, industry, civil society and donor stakeholders
Developing and delivering training programmes and materials, and in facilitating workshops.
Managing reporting processes and funding applications and disbursements.
Preparing budgets and managing financial information.
Developing commercial and non-commercial proposals.
Substantial experience of research and lead training programmes.

Substantial experience of building and manage complex relationships at all levels

Substantial experience of obtaining grant funding and consultancy contracts

Substantial experience and knowledge of governance, transparency, social accountability, open data and or multi-stakeholder working preferably in public infrastructure

Essential Attributes:
A Masters degree (minimum) in built environment and/or international development or a related subject.
Ability to develop and manage budgets Ability to prioritise, plan and organise work.
Strong conceptual and analytical skills and an ability to think strategically and creatively.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Desirable Attributes Key relationships: Reporting relationships:
Highly motivated with an ability to work within budgets and meet deadlines
Ability to travel within the region
Commitment to CoST’s Mission, Vision and Principles.
Is fluent in English
Desirable Attributes Key
Is fluent in French and or Portuguese (Africa only)
CoST Executive Director
CoST Associate Director
CoST Senior Policy and Research Advisers
CoST Head of Programmes
CoST Communications Manager
Relationships: Reporting:
CoST Programme Administrator
CoST Board of Trustees
Strategic Partners
CoST country managers
Associates
Consultants
Relationships:
Number of staff line managed: 0
Average number of consultants on external task based teams/specific projects: 2-3

Job Email id: CoST(at)constructiontransparency.org