Aug 19, 2021

Programme Manager

  • ICLEI Africa
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Full time Management

Job Description


ICLEI is a global network of over 2500 cities and other subnational governments and their associations committed to building a sustainable future. ICLEI provides technical services, capacity building, networking & global representation opportunities as well as cutting-edge solutions to its member and network cities & regions and their communities.

ICLEI’s African Head Office, which serves ICLEI’s network cities from across Africa, is based in Cape Town and is also home to ICLEI’s Global Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC), a center of excellence in the field of urban biodiversity and nature-based solutions for urban development

The ICLEI Africa and ICLEI CBC teams: Our work is conducted by a dynamic and passionate team of well qualified and highly skilled professionals that work with cities and regions to ensure a more sustainable future. As an office that deeply cares for the constituency it works with, the team adheres to a strong set of values. There is a culture and ethos of openness and sharing, where staff are always willing to support each other where they can. There is a diversity of skills and experiences in our team of well over 60 staff that spans from those that work internationally at the highest of advocacy, diplomatic and technical levels, carrying Masters and Doctorate degrees, to those that are experienced practitioners in the fields of urban planning, economics, sustainability, social & environmental science and engineering. Given the number of languages spoken across the African continent and globally, ICLEI Africa has many bilingual and multilingual staff, and also supports staff development in adding more languages and sustainability skills to their repertoire.

ICLEI Africa has the pleasure to invite leading and suitably qualified individuals to apply for the positions below, to join our African and / or Cities Biodiversity Center global teams of dynamic sustainability professionals.

All applicants for the below positions must be aware that these are full-time, preferably Cape Town-based positions, but that there is a level of flexibility to be located elsewhere in exceptional cases or for periods of time, depending on individual and /or project locations.

Candidates should also have a fully Internet-connected, functional, dedicated workspace at home for times when they may be required to work remotely (a company laptop will be provided).

Please forward all of the following:

covering/motivating letter comprehensive CV copy of SA identity document, Visa documents to work in South Africa, or in the case of non-South African applicants, a passport or equivalent identification papers available starting date current and expected salary three contactable references

Note that all these documents will be treated strictly confidential and only be used internally in ICLEI for this recruitment process.

Please include the correct reference (REF) in your email subject line and covering letter, to clearly indicate which position you are applying for. See below.

No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

A market-related and competitive annual remuneration package (TCOE based) will be offered to successful candidates, taking into consideration qualifications and experience and the current salary scales of ICLEI Africa.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 90 working days after the closing date of this advertisement should regard their applications as unsuccessful. ICLEI Africa reserves the right not to appoint an individual in relation to this job advert.

ICLEI Africa is open to applications for internships and volunteering in fields relevant to sustainability on an ongoing basis. Please email your CV with a covering letter at any time to the same email address as indicated above at any time.

Programme Manager: (24-month fixed term contract position based in Cape Town
with the potential of renewal) REF – Programme Manager

ICLEI Africa is seeking to hire a skilled programme manager, to oversee the implementation of multiple donor-funded sustainability projects and programmes from a technical delivery and budgetary compliance perspective.

The job will include the following and the successful candidate should have proven expertise/skills in these areas:

Exceptional programme/ project manager, well versed in managing (from both technical and budgetary perspectives) several multi-year and multi-million rand programmes and projects
Strong experience in implementing projects in Africa, and ability to liaise professionally and strategically with in-country stakeholders (Mayors, City Managers, national government leaders, public sector staff, private sector individuals) and partners (high-level academics and researchers, private sector representatives and civil society leaders) in ways that increase the effectiveness and efficient delivery of programmes and projects
Ability to make strategic linkages and build on ICLEI Africa’s networks and partnerships, for maximum benefit to and impact in cities and subnational governments in ICLEI Africa’s network
Exceptional written and spoken language skills in English, and preferably at least one more internationally used language, ideally French
Excellent and proven skills related to writing and preparing technical project reports, budgets, and financial forecasts; the latter working in close collaboration with ICLEI Africa’s experienced financial management team
Ability to manage highly qualified and skilled staff members from various project teams, to ensure timeous delivery of high-quality outputs
Technical skills related to physical as well as online, virtual platforms and meeting procedures
Experience in managing multiple and diverse donor/ grant-funded programmes, and adhering to donor reporting requirements. Knowledge of donor systems and programmes will be a significant advantage
Possess a strong skill set and experience in partnership management and business development
Able to strategically engage with relevant partners, in ways that are beneficial to ICLEI’s constituents, and in securing funding to further ICLEI’s sustainability work on the continent
Knowledge in the fields of sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, nature, urban and regional systems, circularity, food systems, waste and water management, would be an added advantage


Relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent qualification
At least 5 years of relevant dedicated work experience related to the above listed areas
Excellent English written, presentation and verbal communication skills
High levels of diplomacy
High levels of attention to detail, accuracy and quality
Highly computer literate
Innovative and motivated individual with a ‘can do’ attitude who can think strategically on his/ her feet
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in multiple and multi-disciplinary teams in a highly dynamic and creative environment and to lead diverse project teams to successfully deliver projects
Ability to be flexible about work responsibilities, prioritise with ease and thrive under pressure
Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, effectively and accurately while meeting fixed deadlines
Problem-solving and analytical skills, patience, and a well-organised, structured, methodical and proactive working style
Must have a willingness to travel, locally and internationally

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