The Global Fund - Fund Portfolio Manager

The Fund Portfolio Manager (FPM) contributes to the delivery of the primary business of the Global Fund: grant management leading to the mitigation of the impact of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Core tasks include effective management of grants and ensuring provision of grant signings, disbursements and renewals. The Fund Portfolio Manager is responsible for a portfolio consisting of one or more countries within a region. 

Key Responsibilities

As a primary representative of the Global Fund vis-à-vis recipient countries the role of the Fund Portfolio Manager (FPM) encompasses the following key aspects:

  • Program Management : Reporting to the Head, High Impact Department or Regional Manager, the FPM manages all stages of the grant management cycle with the support of a ‘Country Team’ (the basic organizational framework for working with portfolio and embedded functional support staff to provide recipients with grant management supervision and support across the Global Fund’s portfolio). Specifically, s/he engages in country dialogue and guides the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCM) and in-country partners to help identify future funding needs, and timing of funding requests; manages the grant negotiation processes; leads ongoing monitoring and assessment of grants including disbursement of funds, and ensures risk mitigation measures are implemented. Facilitate co-financing where appropriate and support countries to assess their readiness for transition and ensure robust planning and implementation plans. Ensure sustainable responses for epidemic control driving successful portfolio transition. Define the portfolio strategy ensuring integration of the Human Rights and Gender agenda.

  • Stakeholder Management : Manages the Global Fund’s incountry agent, the Local Fund Agent (LFA); builds operational and strategic relationships with country stakeholders and other partners to ensure the appropriate investment of funds, taking into consideration national strategies and context; manages partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, civil society, private sector, key affected populations and multilateral partners at country level, manages the Country Team and coordinates partners from functional teams including monitoring, procurement, legal and finance.

  • People Leadership : The FPM leads and coordinates the Country Team. S/he manages, coaches and mentors the program officer(s) and support staff. S/he encourages open, constructive dialogue and provides counsel and motivation to team members, defines objectives and deadlines and allocates resources appropriately.

  • Risk Management : regularly assesses risks that affect the portfolio and recommends, employs and monitors risk-based strategies to mitigate them.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Advanced university degree in finance/economics, public or business administration, development studies, health economics, public health or related field; or an equivalent combination of academic/professional qualifications and experience

Experience

Essential :

  • Proven success working in complex multi-stakeholder environments, requiring decision making abilities with limited information available and under tight deadlines;

  • Experience working in-country or with (multiple) countries on program development; or experience working on a Country Team or equivalent.

  • People management or mentoring experience.

Desirable:

  • minimum of 7 years’ experience in program/project development and management, including design, implementation and financial management aspects;

  • Experience in international development;

  • Experience in development grant or loan management;

  • Work experience in any of the following areas an asset: Monitoring & Evaluation, National Health Systems, Program Co-ordination, fiduciary/financial issues

Competencies

Languages:

An excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.

Technical Competencies:

  • Financial Management : knowledge of project financing and financial processes; ability to prepare, justify and manage budgets; monitoring expenditures and using cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

  • Project Management : expert level of project management in complex multi-sectorial projects; and the ability to gather relevant input, analyze data/facts from appropriate sources and learn from best practice to inform project design. Ability to make sound decisions with varying levels of information and define the long term vision or strategy; regularly uses advanced analytical skills to determine the way forward or outcomes.

  • Policy Acumen : knowledge of grant-related operational policies and procedures and applies them effectively in work with a variety of stakeholders; understands the values and principles behind those policies and uses that knowledge to resolve non-standard business situations. Seeks best practices in policy application and contributes substantively to policy development. Contributes to relevant corporate strategy and policy processes.

  • Grant Preparation : Ability to lead and coordinate the portfolio analysis prior to engaging in a country dialogue with appropriate in-country stakeholders in preparation for the funding request development and submission; provide expert advice on the design of funding requests including implementation, planning and budgeting; provide early input on the proposed implementation arrangements and identifies related risks and ensures mitigating measures are implemented.

  • Negotiation and Communication : Ability to lead negotiations to effectively align programs with the national strategy; identify cost reductions, eligibility and counterpart financing strategies; to negotiate increases in national investments; to assess capacities of the nominated key implementers. Ability to communicate effectively across all levels understanding and exercising the required and appropriate political and diplomatic approach.

  • Grant implementation management : Identify different ways to establish cross controls and quality checks; Ability to anticipate and mitigate potential risks, especially those related to misuse of funds; have good understanding of procurement and/or supply of goods and services;

  • Geopolitical awareness : knowledge/sensitivity on local social, political, economic realities and dynamics in order to use appropriate influencing and dialogue strategies; Ability to share this information with others, generating a common interest and team working dynamics around this issue; tailor management strategy accordingly and adjust the management response to challenges and problems arising.