Position: USAID/OFDA Project Manager
Location: Juba, South Sudan with up to 60% travel to the field
Duration: 1 year, renewable
Reports to:Deputy Country Director –Programs
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty. RI has been working in South Sudan since 2005, delivering integrated Health, WASH, Nutrition, FSL and Protection projects.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure. In addition, RI has country offices registered as affiliates of one of the alliance members in an additional 18 countries.
RI is looking to for an experienced Project Manager to lead the implementation of a USAID/OFDA funded integrated WASH, Health, Nutrition and Protection project across four counties in Upper Nile, South Sudan. The USAID/OFDA Project Manager will lead all project implementation, developing work plans, spend down plans, HR and input into BVA meetings, providing technical support to quality and effective program implementation (including supervising activities, oversight of each sector, M&E, reporting), coordinate with key actors, set up and monitoring accountability mechanisms, facilitate learning within the project and build on best practices.
The ideal candidate will be passionate, enthusiastic and driven, and have experience of working with national and expatriate team members in multi-sector programming. A demonstrable commitment to national capacity strengthening is mandatory. S/he will have experience of managing multi-sector USAID/OFDA projects (including reporting), have demonstrable knowledge and understanding of USAID/OFDA grant rules and regulations, have excellent written and verbal communications skills and will be fluent in English. Experience working in project management within an INGO in conflict-induced fragile settings is mandatory, with previous experience in South Sudan desirable.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Project Management (85%)
· Overall responsibility for the technical quality and standards of the USAID/OFDA integrated project across operational areas, in line with budgets and work-plans, focusing on producing required deliverables
· Overall responsibility for supervising and supporting timely and effective implementation of the USAID/OFDA project and activities, including achieving set indicator targets and objectives, and grant management.
· Ensure that the USAID/OFDA project aligns with all donor contractual obligations.
· Conduct field visits to monitor implementation and consult with key stakeholders and provide support to program coordinators to ensure timely and effective project implementation – determining gaps and needs and taking corrective measures within appropriate timelines.
· Conduct capacity building and/or mentoring activities for project staff. More specifically, mentor staff involved in the project.
· Coordinate with all RI South Sudan sector leads to integrate activities/indicators, especially through mainstreaming gender and conflict sensitive programming.
· Liaise with the Finance and Operations teams to ensure grants and programs align with forecasted expenditure.
· Communicate regularly with Area Coordinators/Managers to discuss activity planning and implementation.
· Ensure appropriate links are established amongst the USAID/OFDA project and other complimentary programs
· Clearly define training needs of staff and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
· Attend working groups with other international agencies when relevant
· Working with the DCD-Programs ensure regular communication with USAID/OFDA to share updates on challenges and program progress takes place.
Monitoring and Reporting (15%)
· Take an active role in the monitoring of interventions; ensure the collation, analysis and sharing of data related to project activities and the overall context for the purpose of designing new interventions, and for donor advocacy and fund raising.
· Support the development of baseline, KAP and other project assessments and conduct in-depth analysis of assessment findings.
· Support field teams in ensuring that robust monitoring systems are in place and reviews are undertaken periodically.
· Lead on the development of project reports, including writing and providing data analysis for donor reporting and advocacy.
Qualifications & Requirements:
This position demands a dynamic, passionate team player with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in demanding and often difficult environments.
· 3 years’ experience in multi-sector project management for multi-million USD humanitarian response projects, especially in the Health, Nutrition and WASH sectors,
· 3 years’ experience of managing USAID/OFDA funded projects, including developing project reports
· 3 years’ in relevant field supporting project teams on full project cycle technical needs (design, implementation, M&E, lessons learned)
· Demonstrable experience of budget management
· Demonstrable experience of working and developing key project management tools including work plans, Log frames, Budgets, HR and Monitoring and Evaluation plans.
· Demonstrable ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently in a high-stress, fast-paced environment
· Demonstrable experience of working in conflict/volatile security contexts
· Understanding and demonstrated ability and experience of training others on international standards related gender and conflict sensitive programming
· Speaking and writing fluency in English is required, Arabic or Nuer desirable
· Excellent time management skills, resourcefulness, with strong attention to detail
· Ability to work virtually with team members
· Excellent analytical and organizational skills
· Ability to think critically and creatively
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages including PowerPoint, Excel, Word etc.
· Excellent representation, presentation and communication skills.
· Creating an empowering and motivating environment; building relationships internally and externally
· Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
· Previous experience of working in South Sudan is desirable
· A sense of humor and adaptable approach to working style and working in a team.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
· Transparency and Accountability
· Agility and Innovation
What we can offer you:
·Salary:Generous base salary, Danger Pay and daily post differential**
·R&R:6-week R&R cycle with a financial contribution towards the R&R costs. **
·Housing:Self-contained living accommodation (own bedroom, kitchenette and sitting area) in a shared compound in Juba. **
·Learning and Development:Access to RI’s award-winning learning management system and internal/external training courses. **
How to Apply
Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by May 26th, 2020. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted.
Female candidates and South Sudanese are particularly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
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