Action Africa Help | International (AAH-I)
Job Opening: Project Manager
Grade: As per AAH-I salary scales
Department / Section: Programme
Reports to: Country Programme Manager
Staff reporting to this post: Project Officers; Finance Officer
Duty Station: Hargeisa, Somaliland with frequent field visit.
Purpose of the role: The Project Manager position is a senior member within Somaliland.
Under the guidance of the Country Programme Manager, the Project Manager will be responsible for developing and managing AAH-I integrated programming approach potentially spanning several sectors.
This choice reflects AAHI vision in terms of responding to local priorities. It also recognizes the reality that development problem generally concern systems, not single issues.
Project Manager will provide managerial support to Project Officers (Livelihoods, Peaceful Coexistence Centre, health and others as project grow) who are responsible for implementation aspects of the projects.
Project Manager will have responsibility for ensuring that the programme is managed effectively and that AAH-I plays a valuable and influential role in improving quality of life for livelihood challenged communities in Africa.
Duties & Responsibilities
a) With guidance from the Country Programme Manager and in consultation with other Liaisons, develops programme level strategy consistent with the AAH-I’s Corporate and Somalia Country programme strategy.
b) Initiates and develops new projects that are in line with the AAH-I strategy.
c) Assists the Country Programme Manager Somalia in the negotiation and management of organisational memorandum of understanding and specific project agreements with Donors.
d) Develop approaches to integrate community-based approach models into strategies for improving food security, building sustainable livelihoods, enhancing women’s empowerment, and attaining broad development outcomes in a humanitarian funded context.
a) Provide representation of AAH-I to the key stakeholders and endeavour to build strong project relationships.
b) Networks, collaborates and makes consultations with other agencies working in the Region
c) Serve as a primary liaison with the donor on this program, in collaboration with Program Director, Finance Director and Supervision from the Country Programme Manager.
d) Participate and represent AAH-I in various DRR, resilience, climate change and economic development forums/sectors both online and/or in person as opportunities arise.
Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Management
a) With support from the Regional M&E Specialist based in HQs, integrates monitoring, learning and reporting frameworks in project design
b) Act as lead on M&E support to programme managers in project impact measurement and full reporting; coordinate on project surveys and/or evaluations.
Programme Implementation Management
a) Provide sound leadership in the projects, coordination and management support for the planning, budgeting, and implementation of the projects
b) Advise and institute control measures for the use of project resources as funds, human resource and assets in line with the provisions made available.
c) Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear manner and devise strategies with other project staff for increased delivery of project outputs.
d) Provide direction and support to the program, ensure complementarities for different sectors, including the integration programme, identify and resolve issues and program conflicts within the project teams.
e) At program end, organize a final workshop to discuss challenges and lessons learned, and key accomplishments.
f) Ensure project adherence with established timelines, work schedules, and best technical and managerial practices.
g) Provide management oversight, ensuring program deliverables are implemented at the highest quality and in compliance with donor policies.
a) Ensure appropriate and prudent use of funds allocated to project during implementation and all field missions as per AAH-I and specific donor policies.
Human Resource / Team Management
a) Coordinate and where appropriate facilitate regular team review and reflection meetings, to support team capacity-building and adaptive management towards achieving project deliverables.
b) Manages and supports project staff to fulfil their roles.
c) Oversees project office operations including all administrative and personnel matters. Identifies project staff training needs and takes appropriate action.
d) Provide technical support to AAH-I and local partners staff teams in project planning and implementation and quality control while building staff and partner capacity in technical areas of expertise.
e) Promote a learning culture, and staff development in the project through capacity building and delegating appropriately.
a) With guidance from the Country Security Manager and in consultation with other Liaisons, develops SOPs consistent with the AAHI’s policy contextualize to the environment and train staff on the same.
b) Act as a member of the country office Security Management Team; ensure coordinated risk assessments and up to date context analyses for the areas of project operations. Facilitate safety and security orientations for temporary or visiting staff.
a) Minimum of a Bachelor`s Degree in Social Sciences; Development studies or equivalent
b) Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
Minimum relevant experience required
a) Over 6 years of progressive responsible project management at a senior level.
b) At least 2 years’ experience and expertise in integrated approach spanning through several sectors in difficult and insecure environments.
c) Experience in planning and implementation of emergency operations and technical interventions to communities will be an added advantage.
d) A strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills, self-directed, ability to work with a high degree of autonomy as well as part of a team.
e) Good knowledge and experience working in the Horn of Africa.
f) Working Knowledge on participatory methodologies of empowerment of communities and ability to mainstream cross cutting community based approaches in development and humanitarian context.
Additional Skills & Competences
a) The ability and desire to grow individually and professionally.
b) Strong interpersonal and communication skills
c) Good writing and reporting skills
d) Ability to work under pressure in remote areas with difficult communities
e) Ability to deal with conflict and crisis and work with communities for appropriate response
f) Excellent planning and organizational skills
g) Proven ability to work with a range of local stakeholders including civil authorities, local government and project partners
Interested candidates should email application letter and CV (with 3 referees) addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org to be received by 16th February, 2018.
The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for.
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