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Project Overview and Role
About the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program
The Pathways program is a six-year education program that is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and implemented through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the newly installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The program's key outcomes are to reduce disparity and improve participation and education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage within the BARMM, and to support sustainable positive engagement and collaboration of key actors and stakeholders in providing and supporting conflict sensitive quality basic education services.
Pathways' core program relates largely to K to 3 education and the key challenges that are associated with its delivery. Recently, however, Pathways supported broader transition issues that are crucial to the life and political survival of K to 3 programs.
The program's base of operations is in Cotabato City and covers five provinces of BARMM.
About the position
The donor community is looking to support a harmonious transition from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government to the BARMM government. International and local donors are expected to increasingly engage with the BARMM and this needs to be managed in a consistent and coherent way. International experience shows that the coordinated development assistance can significantly improve development effectiveness, particularly in conflict-affected and transition contexts. This will help to ensure that the donor community's resources are used to maximum benefit of the people in BARMM. Resources and experience within the current government are limited to perform this function.
ResponsibilitiesChild Protection: Level 2
The responsibilities of the project employees may
involve contact and working with children or young people.
Under the direction of the Team Leader/ Relevant government official in a joint management arrangement, the Donor Coordination Adviser will strategically coordinate donor engagements with the new BARMM government, particularly through the Interim Chief Minister's (ICM) Office and the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO), across all sectors.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
1. Provide strategic coordination advice to the BARMM government, through the ICM, in relation to donor engagement.
- Design donor coordination and engagement frameworks, principles and strategies
- Advise on relevant policies and guidelines that promote better donor engagement and cooperation
- Develop strategies to actively engage with the donor community and understand priorities, motivations and intentions
- Share lessons and insights from other contexts where donor coordination has been effective
- Actively scope for strategic opportunities that would improve engagement with donors
2. Support and gradually build the capacity of key government officials, specifically within the RPDO, to support the government's ability to effectively manage and coordinate donor activities within BARMM.
- Develop and institutionalise coordination functions and business processes, to include reporting and communication processes and templates (for both internal and external audiences) and monitoring and tracking donor contributions, among others.
- Support the RPDO in efficiently organising, scheduling and convening meetings, including in the design of agenda structures to ensure that key strategic and operational decisions are articulated as well as follow-through actions are clearly identified. The adviser will likely play an active role in facilitating donor meetings but is expected to taper off as capacities are slowly built.
- Build a working operational structure and identify relevant human resource requirements and training/mentoring and coaching needs, as needed
- Develop systems that would ensure that donor concerns are linked with the appropriate ministry offices and that follow up actions are tracked.
3. Provide monthly reports to the Pathways Team Leader/relevant government official on activities undertaken within the coordination role; and provide ad hoc reporting to raise and discuss issues as they arise if they have significant implications for the BARMM or for the Pathways Program; and
4. Provide insight and advice to the Pathways Team Leader about issues associated with donor coordination including recommendations about how Pathways may support better coordination of donors within the BARMM.
RequirementsQualifications and Experience
The Donor Coordination Adviser should possess the following qualifications, experience, skills and competencies:
o Demonstrated relevant experience in and providing advice on donor coordination;
o Demonstrated relevant experience in donor engagement and a strong understanding of the donor community
o High level organisation skills and an ability to manage competing priorities;
o Strong experience in institutional capacity-building, including in professional on-the-job mentoring and coaching processes for relevant staff
o Effective communications skills, an ability to write effectively and to provide guidance and advice;
o Demonstrated ability to establish good working relationships with key stakeholders at national and sub-national levels;
o Strong oral and written communications skills;
o Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
o Degree in education, management or relevant development subject (desirable);
o Familiarity with the application of key Australian Aid policies, including those relating to gender equality and women's empowerment, disability, the environment and child protection (desirable).