Vacant Position: Project Manager – Climate Resilience / Adaptation Innovations and Donor Funded Projects (DFPs)
Job Purpose: The Project Manager – Climate Resilience / Adaptation Innovations and Donor Funded Projects (DFPs) is responsible for modeling and implementing concepts that enhance field
testing of product innovations that, articulate response to resilience / adaptation to climate change effects on small scale farmers’ efforts to increase food production, while ensuring that specific donor requirements are implemented in a timely manner.
Scope of Role:
Staff directly reporting to this post: Field Officers
Works with: Cross-functional teams (Product development, Innovations, Financial Services, Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) and other Senior Managers.
Nature and Scope:
- Take the lead in implementation of Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) Innovations deliverables outside sales numbers that enables wider range of smallholder farmers access MoneyMaker Pumps
- Training the Field officers on the various deliverables as per Donor agreement
- Keep a good tab on the progress made in a timely manner by various KPIs
- Initiate partnership with whom specific deliverables can be tested and studied.
- Model and implement field test concepts for new and existing Climate Resilience/Adaptation product innovations and activities. This may include but not limited to, Water Harvesting, Water Catchments, Starter pump, Deep lift Solar pump, women & youth engagement, among others
- Work with the Product Innovation Development and Country Director to draw up concepts for Climate Resilience/Adaptation and activities in the Innovations Hub.
- Develop different variations of the solutions based on different geographies, culture and Agro Climatic Zones.
- Take lead in identifying suitable areas for testing the solutions
- Identify Partners with whom field tests will be conducted.
- Develop a training concept for artisans and entrepreneurs who are interested in taking up the solution to a commercial level and scale it up.
- Identify Partners who are promoting similar or related solution and develop a working relationship that aims at scaling up to their target farmers’ groups.
- Take the lead in tracking the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) progress on the ground
- Develop training concepts and materials for the field officers based on different donor funded project need.
- Train the Field Officers on the delivery of the training to the farmers, farmers groups and partners staff.
- Identify suitable partners through whom the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) dossier would be achieved and develop a working relationship with the same.
- Keep tab on the progress of each deliverable in the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) dossier
- Maintain constant positive relationships with the partners to enable project delivery over time while seeking for opportunities for long term engagement.
- Contribute to the generation of concepts that are fundable from the lessons leant from Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) and other Innovations with critical innovative inputs that are attractive and cost effective in the way they are implemented and the end user outreach in numbers.
- Model and implement field tests concepts for new innovations in Donor-funded Projects (DFPs). In the medium term the new innovations will include but not limited to Water harvesting, Water Catchments, Starter pump, deep lift solar pump, Women outreach and Youth.
- Ensure that each product innovation has successfully been implemented, data collected, analyzed, lessons and challenges documented and timely communicated to all the players in a timely manner.
- Ensure that unforeseen outcomes/observations from Climate Resilient/Adaptation Innovations and activities, and Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) are immediately reported and either remedial/corrective measures or adaption of the same is put in place.
- Number of Climate Resilient/Adaptation solutions generated
- Number of different variations of the solutions designed
- Field tests results and realistic appraisal of the solutions
- Partners engaged in the testing process
- Number of farmers trained as per Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) Dossier
- Number of partners on board for each of the Donor-funded Project (DFP) as per the dossier
- Regular donor reports as per donor agreement
- Analyzed statistical data on the findings clearly showing all the different aspects of the field tests and pilot tests at least every month.
- Critical detailed concept analysis report at least once every 2 months.
- Number of new concepts developed as an output of the lessons learnt and encountered challenges in the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs)
- Quarterly reports generated and shared from each innovation and geographies
- Designing of the Climate Resilience/Adaptation solutions and activities
- Setting up tests on various innovations in the field
- Management of outputs of the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) in the field, ensuring the innovations aspects of the project are undertaken.
- Training of the field officers on Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) deliverables
- Documentation of all outputs from the Donor-funded Projects (DFPs)
- Hosting of donors in respective projects
- Setting up of innovations field tests in the respective sites and gaining acceptance by the farmers/communities where testing is taking place
- Where necessary training the farmer/community on what to observe and record
- Where the development of the solution requires a partner, seeks out the right partner through who maximum results can be attained
- Obtain licenses where necessary for undertaking such an activity that may require such a document
- Piloting of the products after field tests have been completed
- Monthly and quarterly Donor-funded Projects (DFP) reports based on the Dossier agreement
- Monthly work plan per Donor-funded Project (DFP)and Innovation
- Monthly output and recommendation report on the findings, challenges, lessons leant and what need to be adjusted for each innovations
- Historical cycle of the product progress
- Documentation of case studies and pictures from Donor-funded Projects (DFPs) and Innovations
- Undergraduate degree required in a relevant field. Relevant Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
- Strong background and experience in Project Management.
- Excellent experience and proven skills in Cross Sector team management with a high sense and level of responsibility.
- Proven experience working in multi-donor funded projects
- At least 7 years working experience at a medium/senior level.
- At least 3 years driving experience
- Experience in team and Partner management
- Experience in training of field staff on various operational project aspects and series of deliverables
- Experience in working with sales and marketing teams of physical solutions and/or financial services targeted at poor investors
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills – a complete team player.
- Exceptional planning, organizational, and leadership capabilities.
- Strong analytical skills and computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Ms Word and power point presentation.
- Ability to work in a dynamic and unstructured environment
- Fluency in both English and Swahili