Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

Mexico City, Mexico
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Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

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Application closing date: 31 December 2018

Cities Alliance, which is hosted by UNOPS, is the global partnership promoting the role of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Headquartered in Brussels and supported by a Secretariat, it is a unique partnership with a diverse membership which has come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development. Cities Alliance is a global leader, with a strong track record in grant-making to support strategic citywide planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. Through UNOPS, the Cities Alliance operates a Multi-Donor Fund supported by an efficient, flexible grant-making mechanism with global reach.

The Regional Manager for LAC will be based in the region, will report to the Head of Programmes, collaborate closely with the Country Programmes Coordinator, and be responsible for achieving the ambition and objectives set out in the Cities Alliance Strategic Plan 2018-21 within the LAC region. The Regional Manager will supervise Country Managers in the region. The incumbent, supported by the Secretariat in Brussels, will have a clear integrated understanding of urban issues across the LAC region and will be responsible for the mapping and identification of  programming opportunities and for securing funding for transformative projects and programmes designed in accordance with Cities Alliance Country Programme 3.0 principles. The incumbent will proactively contribute to increasing gender responsive impacts by integrating gender equality considerations into all standard working practices within the regional office and ensure the same within Country Programmes. S/he will also contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the positioning and development impact of the Cities Alliance sustainable project management and services to partners and stakeholders, including within the UN system.

Functional Responsibilities

Resource mobilization and programming for operations in LAC

  • Draw on Cities Alliance business development strategy to identify and pursue new fundraising opportunities including earmarked funding from Cities Alliance members, donors and open bidding.
  • Focus on programmes which are within the geographical scope of priority countries defined by the Secretariat, and also consistent with the thematic areas under the Cities Alliance Strategic Plan 2018–21.
  • Use regional resource networks and work with Secretariat staff to prepare bid documents, funding proposals and concept notes.
  • Prepare framework documents, in consultation with members and other stakeholders, for the design and roll-out of subsequent phases of existing country programmes and/or new country programmes.

The initiation and set-up of Country Programmes 3.0

  • Ensure all in-country partnership agreements are in place with national government and selected cities.
  • Lead the recruitment of the Country Programme Manager(s)/team(s) and oversee set up of new country offices.
  • Ensure Country Manager(s) receive full induction into both the Cities Alliance and the specifics of Country Programme(s).
  • Support and advise Country Manager(s) through the initial set up stages of  Country Programme(s)

Oversight of Country Programmes 3.0 in LAC

  • Oversee implementation of Country Programmes in LAC ensuring coherence and consistency within and between them.
  • Collaborate closely with the Country Programmes Coordinator and with the Head of Global Programmes (both based in Brussels) to strengthen country programme implementation and the synergies with Cities Alliance normative work.
  • Work with the Country Managers to establish effective and efficient coordination, accountability and reporting mechanisms to ensure all programmes and results are on track, being delivered on time, within budget and to high quality standards and in accordance with the Results Framework 2018-21 for country operations.
  • Oversee the quality of reporting to donors funding multi-annual programmes.
  • Ensure gender equality considerations are integrated into all programming.
  • Review progress, assess constraints, ensure early warning of reported risks, and take corrective action.
  • Supervise the Country Managers to ensure programme delivery by providing clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently..
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration among Country Managers in the region.

Partnership networking and advocacy for operations in LAC

  • Establish effective relationships with Cities Alliance members and partners and establish regional resource networks involving political leadership at national, sub-national and community level and other key stakeholders which also includes the private sector and academia.
  • Identify partners that are key to transformative urban development and promote new membership opportunities in the region.
  • Represent Cities Alliance at global, regional and national events, and foster inter- and intra-regional experience exchange for shared learning.
  • Provide support and guidance to Cities Alliance members with strong presence in the region.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • A Master’s degree in management, urban planning, international development or environmental studies, economics, social sciences or other related disciplines is required.
  • PRINCE2 Foundation or a similar project management certification (i.e. PMBOK, PMP, PMI) is desirable.


  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ professional programme management and reporting experience is required, including work experience acquired in LAC on sustainable and inclusive urban development.
  • Experience in leading and managing staff and complex multi-partner programmes, acquired in the LAC region, which include technical assistance grants and projects is required.
  • Experience in the UN system organisations and in developing countries is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in business development and resource mobilization is required.


Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English is required.  Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is an asset.

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