Safaricom Senior Project Officer Job in Kenya

We are pleased to announce the following vacancy in the Products & Services Development Department within the Technology Division. 
In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below:

Senior Project Officer


Reporting to the Project Manager – Products & Services, the position holder will be provide project support services in the management and execution of projects within the department and coordinate and manage projects assigned to ensure implementation within agreed timelines and processes.

The job holder’s key responsibilities will be to:

Project Planning

  • In association with project manager and stakeholders, refine project requirements, assumptions and constraints through communication with stakeholders and/or by reviewing project documents to baseline the scope of work and enable development of the execution plan;
  • Develop the resource management plan (Human Resource), by identifying resource requirements and obtaining commitments from internal, external, and procured sources to complete all project activities;
  • Refine project estimates in order to determine and define project baseline, schedule;
  • Establish project controls by defining the required correct processes, measures, and controls to manage project change, communications, procurement, risk, quality, and human resources to facilitate project executing and controlling processes, and to ensure compliance with generally accepted industry standards;
  • Develop a formal and comprehensive project plan by integrating and documenting project deliverables, acceptance criteria, processes, procedures, risks, and tasks to facilitate project executing, controlling, and closing processes;
  • Obtain project plan approval by reviewing the plan with the client and other required stakeholders to confirm project baselines prior to proceeding with project executing processes;
Project Execution
  • In liaison with project manager & stakeholders, commit project resources in accordance with the project plan to ensure that all activities are performed;
  • Implement the project plan by ensuring the execution of project activities and tasks to produce project deliverables;
  • Manage project progress by ensuring that activities are executed as planned in order to achieve the project objectives;
  • Communicate project progress by producing project reports to provide timely and accurate project status and decision support information to stakeholders;
  • Implement quality assurance procedures by performing project control activities to meet project objectives;
Project Control
  • Measure project performance continually by comparing results to the baseline in order to identify project trends and variances;
  • Take timely corrective action by addressing the root causes in the problem areas in order to eliminate or minimize negative impact;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the corrective actions by measuring subsequent performance in order to determine the need further actions;
  • Ensure compliance with the change management plan by monitoring response to change initiatives in order to manage scope;
  • Reassess project control plans by scheduling periodic reviews in order to ensure their effectiveness and accuracy.
  • Respond to risk event triggers in accordance with the risk management plan in order to properly manage project outcomes;
  • Monitor project activity by performing periodic inspections to ensure that authorized approaches and processes are followed or to identify the need for corrective action;
Projects Close Out
  • Obtain final acceptance of deliverables by obtaining formal approval from appropriate stakeholders to achieve closeout;
  • Document lessons learned by surveying project team members and other relevant stakeholders to use for the benefit of future projects;
  • Facilitate administrative closure in accordance with the project plan in order to comply with organization and stakeholder requirements;
  • Preserve essential project records for future use to adhere to legal and other requirements;
  • Release project resources by following appropriate organizational procedures in order to optimize resource utilization;
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills & competencies:
  • BSc. in Computer Science / Business oriented degree;
  • Other IT technical certification an advantage;
  • Certificate in project planning/project management expertise;
  • 2-3  years experience as an IT analyst in a busy IT environment ;
  • Planning and organization;
  • Experience as a projects team member in a large project preferably an IT project;
  • A good understanding of managing projects in a changing business environment ;
  • Experience in providing administrative and project support;
  • Analytical thinking;
  • Attention to details ; 
  • Report writing skills ;
  • Cross Functional & interdisciplinary awareness.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge and posses the necessary qualification and experience please send your resume and application letter indicating your experience and why you are the most suitable candidate for the role clearly quoting the job title to the address below. 
The deadline for application is Wednesday  24th October, 2012.

The Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Ltd

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