Lowongan UCLG ASPAC Vacant Position: Programme Manager


The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is a worldwide association of local governments and the officially recognised voice of local governments by the United Nations. UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. UCLG is an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organisation (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) set up in Ghent (Belgium) in 1913, in Aix-les-Bains (France) in 1957 and in Paris (France) in 1985, respectively. 

Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC. UCLG ASPAC’s Secretariat is hosted by Jakarta Provincial Government based in Jakarta, Indonesia. UCLG ASPAC is the largest regional section of UCLG. It has linkages to more than 7,000 cities and local governments and represents well over 3.76 billion people - more than half of the world population - and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.

UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes democratic local government, supports cooperation between cities, local governments and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to develop the capacity of local governments and associations. UCLG ASPAC also represents local governments politically within the international community, and with the United Nations and its agencies. It also promotes inclusive societies which safeguard equality, social, and economic justice, and sustainable community development. UCLG ASPAC is engaged in all relevant thematic fields for nurturing sustainable development, such as poverty alleviation, climate change, disaster resiliency, culture, strategic planning, decentralisation, local finance, gender equality, women leadership and empowerment, as well as good governance.

Following the expansion of its Secretariat and to support the increased cooperation of cities and local governments, UCLG ASPAC is inviting professional and dynamic people to fill in the newly created and opened positions. UCLG ASPAC is recruiting Programme Manager (PM) for a one-year (1) period with possibility of extension, based on satisfactory performance. The Post assigned is to provide high quality technical and managerial support to the newly created Division of Strategic Services. The PM reports directly to the Head of Strategic Services Division.


The Programme Manager provides oversight to UCLG ASPAC programmes and projects and ensures that the UCLG ASPAC’s activities are technically and managerially sound and are in line with the goal and mission of the organisation. The PM serves as the Team Leader for all programmes/projects, provides high-level, strategic direction and technical assistance and ensures technical and managerial excellence, quality programming and that the programmes projects are on scope, budget and timely schedule. The PM serves as a key resource and becomes the member of UCLG ASPAC’s new program development teams. 

Scope of Work/Key Duties:

The key duties and activities of this role are:

Provide programmes/project’s management and guidance to ensure effective integration of quality improvement and that governance and monitoring & evaluation is well consolidated into technical areas and programme activities. 
Serve as an involved partner in programme’s consortium by representing UCLG ASPAC’s programmes/projects in professional circles, with the donor and the members.
Liaise and develop network with strategic partners/stakeholders.
Ensure programme/project management excellence and quality, and incorporate and adapt global evidence and experience as relevant in activities. 
Ensure program strategies and interventions are technically sound and evidence-based.
Actively participate in UCLG ASPAC’s new program development and innovation efforts.  
Support the coordination activities that involve relevant stakeholders including donors, international organisations, governments and associations, NGOs, private sectors, and independent experts.
Support the effectiveness and reach of the on-going programmes/projects of UCLG ASPAC.
Conduct research related to development issues that are relevant to thematic areas of UCLG ASPAC and identify strategic issues and potential donors.
Review the achievements and lesson learnt of programmes and projects.
Support Secretary General in developing a pipeline of innovative and qualified project proposals for submission to potential donors.


Minimum Advance Degree in a relevant discipline (relevant experience may substitute the relevant degree);
Project Management Certified is preferable;
Minimum 7 (seven) years’ experience in a similar position in an Association, NGO and/or an International Organisation;
Management experience and interpersonal skills that develop staff;  
Demonstrated leadership skills;
Capacity to balance rigor with pragmatism; 
Demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships across organisations and with government stakeholders; 
Demonstrated experience working with local governments, multi-donor agencies, and/or development partners.
Excellent oral and written communication skills (English; knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia an asset).
Highly developed communication skills, including ability to draft/edit texts and to articulate ideas in clear, concise style to a variety of audiences, as well as facilitation skills.
Experience in working in an international environment, respecting different cultures and nationalities.
Positive work ethic with a willingness to learn and grow.
Has the ability to work under pressure and to meet the deadlines requires.
Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management.
Considerable domestic and international travels may be required.
Advanced computer skills, particularly MS Office.

Supporting Team

The post will be supervised by the Secretary General and the Head of Strategic Services Division and supported by Project Managers, Project Team Leaders and Programmes Specialists.

How to apply

·      Please submit the application letter, state salary expectation and CV to recruitment@uclg-aspac.org

·      Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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