Organization:COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale
COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale is an Italian humanitarian non-governmental organization founded in Milan in 1965. COOPI aims to help the world’s poorest to improve their access to healthcare, food, and financial security, and to overcome their special vulnerability to wars, civil conflicts and natural disasters. For 50 years of long-term support and constant presence in the field, COOPI has been engaged in breaking the cycle of poverty and responding to specific emergencies in numerous sectors, including Food Security, Humanitarian Aid, Health, Socio-Economical Services, Water and Sanitation, Human Rights, Education and Training, Migrations and Sustainable Energy.
With more than 3,900 humanitarian workers employed, and an average of 180 projects per year across 25 countries throughout Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, COOPI is the biggest Italian NGO. During its 50 years of activity, COOPI has successfully completed over 1,600 projects in 63 countries, involving 55.000 local operators and ensuring direct benefits to approximately 100 Million people.
COOPI in Gambia
COOPI started its presence in Gambia during the 2017 by institutional missions and needs assessment covering rural area affected by food insecurity and irregular migration with the aim of starting new activities in the country by creating synergy with the ongoing program in Senegal neighbourhood area of Kaolack and Tambacounda. During the assessment phase, a network of local partners has been established as well as a close coordination with national and international organizations operating in the country to tackle the irregular migration issue mainly through development initiative addressed to youth. The action will provide a multi-sectoral response to the migration crisis in the target zone by three main axes of intervention : 1) irregular migration prevention , 2) youth empowerment and livelihood promotion 3) protection of vulnerable youngster and children. The area of intervention will mainly cover the North Bank and Central River regions . Both are rural area with low density, limited basis services, poor infrastructure, climate volatility and very poor employment opportunities for youngster. These factors have eroded the resilience of many communities by increasing their vulnerability to shocks, at the same time are fuelling the rural exodus. A project team will be recruited and deployed in the zone by the opening of a office in Farafenni. The activities will be implemented in partnership with a local NGO already involved in livelihood initiative addressed to vulnerable rural communities.
The Project Manager is responsible for the overall activities’ planning, execution and reporting of his/her projects. He/she is directly assigned to, and responsible of the supervision of all logistics, HR, financial and overall functioning aspects for his projects.
Under the direct supervision of the Area Manager and in link with the Protection Officer and the Regional Advisor he/she:
- Designs the detailed work plan in line with the project guidelines and description, guaranteeing the smooth implementation of all the activities on-time, on-quality and on-budget;
- In cooperation and synergy with the project staff, plans and monitors the activities’ progress, in compliance with the contract signed with the donor, with donor’s and COOPI’s procedures, and with the specific Project Structure and Reporting Lines definition, making use of the financial instruments provided by the organization;
- He/she guarantees the administrative and the logistics functions related to the project and the office management . He/She is directly responsible of financial planning and monitoring of the expenditures in line with the project’s implementation needs;
- In cooperation with the Protection Coordinator, finalizes the data provided by his/her team, supports the preparation, in compliance with the deadlines, of the narrative reports expected by the donors and by the partners;
- Coordinates the overall project : supervises the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the staff; monitors the accuracy and efficiency of activities;
- Represents COOPI with the local / State authorities and partners
- In collaboration with the Area Manager, prepares all the formal communication and contract modification requests (ex. budget modification) of the project;
- Manages the goods purchased for the project; for all goods purchased by the project, support updates of the inventory and guarantee the respect of the policies and guidelines ;
- In collaboration with the Area Manager and the Regional Advisor and in synergy with the specific reporting lines of the projects, promotes and manages relations with the local government institutions, NGOs, and other local partners available in the area;
- Executes any other task necessary to good and timely completion of the projects, identified in mutual agreement.
- He/she is responsible of hiring of new staff directly related to the project and conducts staff appraisals Upholds COOPI’s mission and Charter of Values;
- Follows and enforces all COOPI codes of conduct and policies (globally and in-country);
- Performs any other duties as requested by the supervisor.
- Master’s degree in International Cooperation or PCM
- At least 2 years of working experience in/with INGO as project manager and/or head of base in the field. Experience managing an AICS project is a + .
- Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
- Experience in data collection, analysis, and report writing
- Excellent in English and Italian (oral and written)
- Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
- Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
- team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multicultural environment
- Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humour
- Proven commitment to accountability practices
- Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.
- Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)
- Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines