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Project Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position Title: Project Manager - Protracted Crisis HoA

Job Ref.:

 Kenya Country Office, Nairobi

 Protracted Crises Horn of Africa (HoA) Project

Countries of coverage:
 South Sudan, Ethiopia

Reporting to: Program Manager - Kenya Office

Works closely with:
 Project Manager – HQ, Project Officer - South Sudan, Program Coordinator - Ethiopia

Expected start date:

Type of contract: 1-year contract with possible extension, with a probation period of 2 months

 The Organisation is dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands for people and nature. 

We are driven by the knowledge that safeguarding and restoring wetlands is urgent and vital for water security, biodiversity, climate regulation, sustainable development and human health. 

In our disaster risk reduction work, we work from the principles that environmental degradation can lead to disasters and aggravation of hazards, and that the sustenance and restoration of healthy ecosystems are key to reducing disaster risk and improving livelihood resilience. 

See oorganisation website for more information on the values, strategies and policies that guide their work.

The Protracted Crisis HoA Project is a partnership consisting of The Organisation, Red Cross Netherlands and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center. 

It runs from mid-2014 to the end of 2016. The Protracted Crisis target countries are Ethiopia and South Sudan. 

The ultimate aim of the Strengthening Community Resilience in Somali Region of Ethiopia (SCRSE) Project and South Sudan Project is community stability and resilience through strategic interventions for food security, water security and disaster risk reduction. 

This will involves direct field interventions, institutional capacity building at various levels and policy and advocacy for food security, water security and ecosystem management and restoration for overall community stability and resilience.

Overall Purpose of Job:
 The Project Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the Protracted Crisis HoA Project as directed by the Program Manager. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for the planning, management and implementation of the project.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Implement the SCRSE and South Sudan Projects by developing annual work plans for the project and in-country activities, in collaboration with the in-country project staff and relevant project partners
  • Provide technical guidance and technical backstopping to and coaching of the project staff in Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • In collaboration with the project staff, oversee the implementation of project activities undertaken in the 2 participating countries, including ecosystem assessments, establishment of demonstration sites, delivery of training activities, operation of regional workshops, development of awareness materials and activities
  • Manage performance of all project staff in Ethiopia and South Sudan, regularly monitor and report on their progress
  • Manage the SCRSE and South Sudan Project Finances according to the agreed Project Budget and in accordance with the Organisation’s Financial Management System
  • Monitor and regularly report on the progress of the project against the annual plans of implementation and agreed milestones for the project and in each country, identify urgent issues that need urgent attention by management; implement remedial actions as needed to ensure compliance with plan goals, timelines and budgets
  • Maintain linkages with other projects and identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration with other agencies, organisations and donors
  • Perform other tasks that may be assigned by the Program Manager
  • Be the Organisation's ambassador
Selection Criteria

  • Minimum of a Post graduate qualification in Water Resources Management, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences/Management or related field Work experience
  • At least 8 years of relevant project management experience (at least 5 years’ experience in facilitation or management of watershed and Integrated Water Resources Management projects at national and regional level)
  • Strong knowledge, qualifications and experience in ecosystems mapping and assessments
  • Demonstrated experience using GIS
  • Demonstrate project management skills including development of work plans, project financial management, monitoring and evaluation and effective reporting
  • Good written and oral presentation skills and ability to communicate to a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent command of English
  • Comprehensive computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, Email and Internet packages
  • Ability to prioritize and meet strict deadlines
  • Proven ability to work in teams in a multi-cultural and in an international working environment
  • Willingness to travel to Ethiopia and South Sudan on a regular basis
Remuneration: Remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Method of Application

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and be emailed to 

Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

If you are not interested in this opportunity today, please refer any friend or colleague you know that might suit the required profile.

Please DO NOT apply if you do not meet the requirements of the position. 

We regret that ONLY shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: We do not charge any fees for receiving and reviewing applications or for interviews

This posting is a readvertisement, those who had applied before need not reapply.

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