Call for Applications: Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) Programme Officer

To achieve its goals, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa-UCLG Africa is recruiting its Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) Programme Officer.


Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) Programme Officer will have to fulfill the following responsibilities:

1) Prepare the annual plan and calendar of activities to be implemented by Regional Office, highlighting their outputs, outcomes, and impact.

2) Draft terms of reference for the implementation of the activities and for the hiring of consultants in charge.

3) Launch the process leading to the selection of consultants tasked with the delivery of the activities in accordance with the UCLG Africa rules and procedures.

4) Supervise the work of the consultants, manage their contracts and approve their services.

5) Liaise with the UCLG Africa Secretariat General to coordinate support activities to the National Associations of Local Governments for the development of their strategic plans of activities.

6) Produce the draft annual activity report of the Regional Office to be submitted to the UCLG Africa Secretariat General.

7) Capitalize lessons learned from the Regional Office activities for dissemination through the production of finding notes, discussion papers, or other communication tools, etc.

The aptitudes, skills and knowledge required for this position are:

  • •Project management skills
  • •Sense of initiative and responsibility
  • •Computer literate in main current software applications
  • •Ability to team work, and to prioritize and work under pressure and multicultural environment
  • •Readiness to travel frequently
  • •Excellent oral and written presentations capacities
  • •Good knowledge of digital communication

The position is open to African candidates holding at least a master degree or equivalent from a renowned university, in the following areas: urban and regional planning, economy, geography, public administration. Women candidatures are particularly encouraged.

Candidates must justify at least 10 years of experience in project management and at least 5 years in managing projects for cities and/or local governments, particularly in Africa.

The deadline for submitting the applications is 29 April 2016 at 17:00 UTC+1. All the elements that the application file must include in addition to the addresses where to send it are available in the Terms of Reference attached here.